The Dakar has finished and all the winners are found but before talking about the others let me come back to motorcycles and MEO. I was really impressed knowing that he took almost the double time of the fast riders on the last stage. I can only Imagine the conditions and suffering that he had to take for finishing the Dakar, even losing 3 positions and all hope to fight for 3th.
On cars Peterhansel equaled the number of his victories in cars with the ones he had on motorcycles, 12 in all. For me it is awesome already a guy that has made 12 Dakars, a guy that was able to win 12 of them on different vehicles is almost unthinkable.
No wonder he is known as "Mister Dakar" a title that is certainly well deserved. I wonder when he will pass to the organization of the race, as many former winners had done, Certainly we will have a better Dakar. Nobody knows more about the Dakar then Peterhansel, maybe except another no less incredible guy, the Japanese Yoshimasa Sugawara.
Do you know the guy? If you are used to follow the Dakar you surely now him because this is his 33th Dakar
. He started racing
in motorcycles, than cars then trucks. Curiously, on the 3 first years back on the 80's, he never managed to finish with the motorcycle but since then, on cars and trucks he finished all editions except two being by far the guy with more Dakars finished.
Never managed a 1st overall in any category but his small truck had been 4 times 2th. On this edition his Hino 74 year's old Sugawara was 2th again on the class but he should not mind about that because another Sugawara on another Hino won the class, his son Teruhito.
Back to Peterhansel, that today and as he uses to do when he has an advantage that allow that, he was really slow, making only the 13th time, assuring that he had not any problem on the last stage, but losing only 7m37s for the 2th. 1st on the stage was Loeb showing that out of the dunes he is the fastest. Now he needs to know how to drive fast out of the road
The 2th was Hirvonen that has become really fast (Mini), the 3th was Al-Attiya (Mini) and the 4th surprisingly another ex motercycle ridder, Despres (Peugeot) that has as co pilot another bike rider, Castera.
Despres took some time for being really fast on a car. For me he started to manage that this year, on the dunes and now on a less out of the road stage he is showing that he can lose only 1m36 to Loeb and I believe Loeb is going to need several years to be as fast or safe as him on the dunes.
I bet Despres, after having won the Dakar 5 times on motorcycles will be a main contender on the next years on cars.
On the Dakar classification 1st Peterhansel (Peugeot), 2th Al-Attiyah (mini), 3th De Villiers (Toyota), 4th Hirvonen (Mini), 5th Poulter (Toyota).
The results don't show it but the truth is that the Peugeot showed a real superiority in speed regarding the Peugeot and without that freak accident
with the Sainz's case of the gearbox
we would have probably two Peugeot on the leading places.
Al-attiyah and De Villiers made a great Dakar but never had a chance to win it due to the overall lower performance of their cars. I hope next year their cars to be more competitive. That's also true that against Sainz and Peterhansel with good cars it is hard to win.
A pity that odd case with Sainz's car. He deserved to be able to fight till the finish with Peterhansel.
The first production car comes in 33th place and the winner of the class was Nicolas Gibon on a Toyota VDJ 200. Contrary to the motorcycles very few production cars here or even modified production cars. Almost all are racing cars and that gives a special light to the 33th place out of the 169 that started the race. Chapeau
On the quads the two Argentinian brothers Patronelly took 1st and 2th giving a big joy to all Argentinian fans, The third was the South African Baragwanath and the 4th the Russian Karyakin.
On trucks Gerard de Roy (IVECO) won his 2th Dakar with a great driving leaving the Tatra of the Russian Mardeeve at more than an hour. the third was Villagra, the Argentinian rally man that made a fast adaptacion to the huge IVECO and the 4th was Stacey on the M.A.N. leaded the race for some time but bad luck took him any chance of victory (Stacey won the final stage).
Anyway this year the fight was bigger with several brands of trucks on the lead and winning stages. More and more competitive this category and more spectacular.
Some more movies of the Yesterday's stage: