Peugeot marked the end of the Dakar adventure with victory over the weekend for rally legend Carlos Sainz who claimed his second event win.
It was Peugeot’s third consecutive Dakar rally win and speaking after claiming victory in the event, Peugeot Sport Director, Bruno Famin commented by saying:
Peugeot ends its Dakar campaign in the best possible way thanks to a fantastic victory from Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz and the PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, on a Dakar Rally that will go down in history. To take three consecutive victories on such a complicated event is an exceptional achievement that is as much down to our very high technical level as it is to our unfailing team spirit. We are particularly pleased with this victory for Carlos and Lucas, who have driven an absolutely incredible rally, overcoming every obstacle. Carlos has put so much into our Dakar project from the very beginning, so it’s fantastic that he can be rewarded in this way. Three of our four cars are there at the finish of the most difficult rally of the decade, with the PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi having shown its technical superiority with no failures. It’s a great satisfaction for the whole team and a massive source of pride for PEUGEOT.
Sainz who finished ninth on the final stage of the event commented on his victory by saying:
It was a very difficult rally for me. It’s probably been the most difficult Dakar that I’ve ever taken part in, even counting the ones in Africa. The organisers gave us a truly challenging route, with so many incredibly difficult stages. Even the two stages right before the finish were unbelievable and Peru was also very tricky. Of course, it’s very satisfying for Lucas and me to win such a difficult rally. And the same applies to the whole Peugeot team, which has done a fantastic job throughout the entire programme. The PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi is probably the best car I have ever driven on rally raids. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this project, and a big thank you to PEUGEOT Sport.
Stephane Peterhansel who finished the rally in fourth place overall commented on his event by saying:
On the whole, it’s been a very good week for us. The dunes in Peru were our main trump card really. After that, it unravelled slightly. We lost 1h45m in Bolivia after hitting a rock that I didn’t see. It was so impossible to spot that I wasn’t even that upset. I’m much more annoyed by what happened on Friday: a day when we accumulated small mistakes. I think that this Dakar was extremely tough: the toughest one we have ever seen in South America, undoubtedly. But that’s in the spirit of this whole event, although maybe it was pushed a bit too far this time, if you think of the amateur drivers. The real satisfaction for us lies in the win for Carlos and the PEUGEOT team. It’s a brilliant reward for Carlos, who has been unlucky over the last three years.
Cyril Depres endured a tough 2018 Dakar Rally as he finished the event in 31st place over and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
This Dakar got off to a good start for us as we won the second stage. But unfortunately, the problem we had on SS4 entirely compromised our whole rally. From that point on, it was all about helping our team mates, so it wasn’t easy for us to show what we could do. The most important thing though was not to make any mistakes and just to be there in case Carlos or Stephane had any problems. Obviously it’s been a frustrating rally for David and myself, but on the other hand we’re just starting our career in cars. We’ve racked up plenty of experience on this year’s Dakar and that’s extremely positive. I’d like to thank the whole PEUGEOT Sport team, which has worked so hard and allowed us to get better and better in perfect conditions since we started in 2015.