Today was the final day of the 2017 Dakar. The total route today was 786 kilometers long from Rio Cuarto to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Of this total, only 64 kilometers made up the competitive distance. The Day 12 route is shown below. The green portions of the route are transit sections, while the red route is the competitive distance. The map below reads from left to right.
Day 12 Route
The profile of today’s competitive route is shown below. It does not appear to be a particularly daunting route.
Day 12 Profile
In a stage that only took 28 to 30 minutes to run it was very difficult for Loeb to make up the 5 minutes differential to move up into the lead position. And he did not. Loeb won today’s final stage, but only by 19 seconds. That was not enough to change the outcome. As a result, Stefan Peterhansel, “Monsieur Dakar”, won his 13th Dakar. Quite a record!
The results of Day 12 stage in the car class are shown below.
2017 Dakar Day 12 Car Class Results
|3||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)
|6||VAN LOON (NLD)
HARO BRAVO (ESP)
“Monsieur Dakar” Wins Again!
After winning his 13th Dakar (6 on a motorcycle and 7 in a car) Stefan Peterhansel had the following to say:
“It was still up in the air before the start of the race. The internal competition was fierce and there were, in all, seven or eight drivers with a shot at victory. Halfway through the race there were only four left, and by the final week it was just Sébastien and me. It was a high-stakes duel, we went fast. I’d like to thank Peugeot for providing us with awesome cars and, especially, for not issuing team orders, which is a great show of fair play because it puts us all on an even footing. We were fighting against a super-fast champion who knows how to race from the lead and isn’t easily impressed. Yesterday, it was decided by a flat tire, and that was probably the turning point in this Dakar. My strategy was to push Sébastien to his limits. This made him more likely to make mistakes, which he eventually did, so it’s not a matter of luck.”
The top 10 final car class standings in the 2017 Dakar rally are presented below.
Dakar 2017 Final Car Class Standings
HARO BRAVO (ESP)
|5||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)
Stefan Peterhansel’s main competition and Peugeot teammate was Sebastien Loeb. After the completion of the 2017 Dakar Loeb had the following to say:
“It was better this time round, and we managed to stay on the track. We made a few navigation mistakes, but at the end of the day we did quite well in a Dakar as difficult as this one. A small mechanical cost us some time at the start, and then we had to bust a gut to make up the lost time. We finished second… Not too far. Sure, we were faster and, when we went on the attack, we opened up large gaps. We have what it takes to win the race. I don’t think I’m going to race in as many editions of the Dakar as Peterhansel, but my aim is to win it someday: we’ll have to keep on trying. Right now, we’ve got three Peugeot cars on the podium, so we’ll enjoy the moment and see what happens next.”
Daniel Elena Takes A Selfie While Loeb Gives An Interview
I will see Daniel Elena, Loeb’s navigator in a couple of weeks during the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique where he will be competing as a driver. He is very competitive in this event and he and his navigator won an honor last year as the top finishing Monaco based team.
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