2018 Dakar Rally winner Carlos Sainz Sr. had his chances of victory dashed after losing over 3 hours with suspension problems.
Rally legend Loeb moves in to contention with strong pace on second day of Dakar as Mini lose one of their cars due to a crash.
Stephane Peterhansel won his second consecutive stage of the Dakar Rally to move into second place overall, whilst Matthias Walkner is the new leader in the bikes class after a chaotic day for most of the front runners.
Peugeot Sebastien Loeb took his first stage win of this year event which moves him up to second place in the standings behind Stephane Peterhansel. Team-mate and former leader Cyril Despres retired with suspension damage. Sam Sunderland’s bid to retain last year’s bike crown ended after he was airlifted to hospital with a back injury.
For the second time in three days, both Nasser Al-Attiyah and Sam Sunderland took stage victories in the Dakar Rally.
Nasser Al-Attiyah gave Toyota the opening stage victory on Saturday, while Sam Sunderland started his defend of the bikes title with the fastest time in his class.
Stephane Peterhansel retakes the lead of the 2017 Dakar Rally from team-mate Sébastien Loeb after having his times re-adjusted after stopping to help a fallen competitor. Sam Sunderland’s comfortable lead in the bikes becomes even more comfortable after the withdrawal of his closest challenger.
No competitive action today after localised landslides cause Stage 9 to be cancelled.
Sébastien Loeb set the fastest time of stage 8 and overtook team-mate Stephane Peterhansel to reclaim the overall lead of the Dakar Rally, whiles Sam Sunderland increases his lead in the Bikes.
Dakar legend Stephane Peterhansel continues to lead the 2017 Dakar Rally after fending off team-mate Sebastien Loeb.
Sebastien Loeb took his second stage win of the 2017 Dakar Rally, while his Peugeot team-mate Stephane Peterhansel now holds the overall lead.
Peugeot’s Cyril Despres kept out of trouble to take the lead of the 2017 Dakar Rally as his Peugeot team-mates hit trouble. Reigning Bike champion Toby Price retired through injury and leader Joan Barreda was handed a one hour penalty for illegal refuelling.