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.
Toyota hold the advantage as Mini give chase with 2018 victor Carlos Sainz Jr. in second place.
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.
Complaints of back pain forced medics to evacuate the British rider by helicopter to the local hospital.
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.
Defending bikes winner Sam Sunderland is looking for further honours in the Dakar Rally this year with KTM.
Alex Doringer believes it was a tough Dakar Rally all round for his riders as his KTM outfit locked out the podium following the conclusion of the final stage on Saturday.
Sam Sunderland is celebrating after becoming the first Briton to win at the Dakar Rally as he led a KTM 1-2-3.
Stephane Peterhansel withstood last minute pressure from Team-mate Sébastien Loeb to win the 2017 Dakar Rally. Sam Sunderland became the first ever British competitor to win the Dakar by taking victory in the Bikes category.
Sebastien Loeb may have taken the stage win on the penultimate day of the 2017 Dakar Rally, but his Peugeot team-mate Stephane Peterhansel remains in charge overall.
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.