Peugeot’s Stefan Peterhansel took victory on stage three of the 2017 Dakar Rally leading a team 1, 2, 3 on day three of the action, however Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah who led most of Wednesday’s action ran into trouble after sustained severe damage to a wheel off-piste resulting in the Toyota driver stopping for an hour before resuming for a short time before ending his day.
Peterhansel led home team mate’s Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb and moves in third place in the overall leader board heading into day 4.
Following stage 3, Sebastien Loeb leads a Peugeot 1, 2, 3 with Carlos Sainz in second place while stage 3 winner Stephane Peterhansel has climbed to third place overall. Nasser Al-Attiyah’s chances of winning the rally are over after his incident today.
Speaking following day 3, Peterhansel commented by saying:
It seems like we have secured a very good result for Team Peugeot Total. It’s nice to win a stage but that is not the important thing so early in the rally. The speed of our car was good and we were able to be consistent by not stopping once. My co-driver also did a great job today with the navigation.
Carlos Sainz commented on his day by saying:
We were pushing to the limit today after losing some time in the first part of the stage. We hit our rhythm in the second part and were able to recover most of the time we lost. Today has shown us once again that anything can happen at the Dakar on any stage.
Sebastien Loeb who retained the overall lead of the rally by 00:00:42 over Sainz commented by saying:
Opening the stage was tough and it cost us some time and then in the second part of the stage we had a puncture. That was a bit more time lost when we stopped to change the tyre. Even with these problems we managed a good stage so I can have no big complaints.
Mini’s Mikko Hirvonen is in 4th place overall while Nani Roma is the highest placed Toyota in fifth place.
Following his accident Nasser Al-Attiyah is in 25th place 02:14:58 behind Loeb.