Dakar 2016 Day 8 Results: A Shakeup At The Top

After a rest day yesterday the competitors now enter the last half of the 2016 Dakar Rally.  Day 8 of the rally started in Salta with a transit to the first half of the special section.  The special section is divided by a relative lengthy Neutralization Section to the second half of the special stage.  The day ends in the Belen, Argentina.  The Day 8 route is shown below.

Day 8 Route

Day 8 Route

The Day 8 route has a reasonable number of elevation changes, but the overall elevation heights are a little lower.  The profile is shown below.

Day 8 Profile

Day 8 Profile

The first piece of really bad news hit the Peugeot Team today when Sebestien Loeb rolled his Peugeot in the second half of the special stage.  The crew is OK, but they lost a substantial amount of time.

Loeb Day 8

Loeb Likely Rolled His Way Out Of Victory

Loeb eventually finished the stage 1 hour 9 minutes behind the leader and had the following to say:

“What happened was that in a rio there was a dip and I didn’t see it, so we arrived on it, fell in and it threw the car off balance and we rolled. We broke a lot of things on the car. We had to change two wheels and change the transmission so, for sure, we lost a lot of time. It’s finished for overall victory. I still have to take the experience. We came here to get experience first and foremost. Finally we were leading the first week. Now it’s not as nice as we expected. It was only ten kilometres from the end of the stage. It’s a bit frustrating, but that’s life, so we have to continue now”

With the accident to Loeb, Al-Attiyah in his Mini was able to have a stage victory by just 12 seconds over Carlos Sainz.  Peugeot did manage a 2-3-4 finish with Peterhansel and Despres behind Sainz.  Peterhansel was only 31 seconds behind Al-Attiyah.  Peterhansel probably lost much of that time, slowing down and stopping to check out Loeb to see if he was OK.

The top 15 stage finishers are shown below.

Dakar 2016 Day 8 Results In The Car Class

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 04:12:23
2 SAINZ (ESP)

CRUZ (ESP)

PEUGEOT 04:12:35 00:00:12
3 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 04:12:54 00:00:31
4 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 04:17:03 00:04:40
5 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 04:19:05 00:06:42
6 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

MINI 04:22:34 00:10:11
7 TERRANOVA (ARG)

GRAUE (ARG)

MINI 04:24:00 00:11:37
8 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 04:24:29 00:12:06
9 ALRAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

TOYOTA 04:26:44 00:14:21
10 VAN LOON (NLD)

ROSEGAAR (NLD)

MINI 04:27:39 00:15:16
11 VASILYEV (RUS)

ZHILTSOV (RUS)

TOYOTA 04:30:18 00:17:55
12 SPATARO (ARG)

LOZADA (ARG)

RENAULT 04:30:22 00:17:59
13 PRZYGONSKI (POL)

RUDNITSKI (BLR)

MINI 04:31:11 00:18:48
14 HUNT (GBR)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 04:31:50 00:19:27
15 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 04:36:24 00:24:01

Robby Gordon came in 4 hours 10 minutes behind the leader, so he obviously had a very bad day.  As I post this, his teammate Sheldon Creed had not arrived, therefore I am assuming that there was a massive exchange of Gordini parts on the stage somewhere that allowed Gordon to finish the stage, but might have caused Sheldon Creed to DNF in the donor car.

Depres on Day 8

Cyril Despres In His Peugeot On Day 8

The Peugeot Team still has the top two cars overall with Mini and Toyota now fighting for the last step on the podium, assuming that the Peugeot cars have no more problems, which is a long way from certain in the Dakar.

Even with Loeb’s roll and large lost of time, he is still in eight position overall.  The overall top 10 cars are shown below.

Dakar 2016 Overall Car Class Standings After Day 8

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 26:01:44
2 SAINZ (ESP)

CRUZ (ESP)

PEUGEOT 26:03:53 00:02:09
3 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 26:16:27 00:14:43
4 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 26:38:26 00:36:42
5 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 26:51:16 00:49:32
6 ALRAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

TOYOTA 26:56:03 00:54:19
7 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 26:56:33 00:54:49
8 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 27:07:00 01:05:16
9 VASILYEV (RUS)

ZHILTSOV (RUS)

TOYOTA 27:10:32 01:08:48
10 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

MINI 27:30:05 01:28:21

Today will have made the Peugeot Team management very nervous as they got a first hand look at how fast things can change in the Dakar.

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