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Dakar 2017, Stage 12: Peterhansel crowned, Peugeot takes 1-2-3

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel delivered back-to-back Dakar Rally victories for the French manufacturer as he saw off WRC legend Sebastien Loeb for his 13th win in the event.

Dakar 2017, Stage 12: Peterhansel crowned, Peugeot takes 1-2-3
Stéphane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres, Peugeot Sport
#300 Peugeot Sport Peugeot 3008 DKR: Stéphane Peterhansel, Jean-Paul Cottret
Sébastien Loeb, Peugeot Sport
#309 Peugeot Sport Peugeot 3008 DKR: Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena
#309 Peugeot Sport Peugeot 3008 DKR: Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena
Sébastien Loeb, Peugeot Sport
#305 Overdrive Racing Toyota: Nani Roma, Alex Haro
#302 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota: Giniel de Villiers, Dirk von Zitzewitz
#308 X-Raid Team Mini: Orlando Terranova, Andreas Schulz
#303 X-Raid Team Mini: Mikko Hirvonen, Michel Périn

Peterhansel, nicknamed “Mr. Dakar” as the rally's most successful competitor ever, now has seven wins in the car category to his six bike triumphs.

The basis for his 13th Dakar win came largely in Thursday's Chilecito–San Juan stage, as he emerged with a lead of six minutes over Loeb after being given back time following his incident with biker Simon Marcic.

A spirited challenge from Loeb during Friday's San Juan–Rio Cuarto run was for naught, and although the WRC legend won the final stage - his fifth of the event - it was only by 19 seconds.

It meant Peterhansel took the line with a final winning margin of 5m13s over his teammate.

While Peugeot had only had Peterhansel on the podium of its four drivers in 2016, the French manufacturer locked out the top three this time, with former Dakar bikes star Cyril Despres following Peterhansel and Loeb home, 33 minutes off the lead.

Nani Roma was best of the rest for Toyota in fourth, more than an hour down on Peterhansel, while fellow Toyota driver Giniel de Villiers pipped the leading X-Raid Mini entry of Orlando Terranova to fifth place.

Kuba Przygonski (Mini), WEC champion Romain Dumas (Peugeot), Conrad Rautenbach (Toyota) and Mohammed Abu-Issa (Mini) completed the top 10.

After losing significant time after a collision with a truck on Thursday, Mikko Hirvonen (Mini) finally finished the event in 13th, six hours down on Peterhansel.

Final cars standings (top 10):

Pos.Driver/NavigatorCarTime/Gap
1

 Stephane Peterhansel

 Jean-Paul Cottret

Peugeot 28h49m30s
2

 Sebastien Loeb

 Daniel Elena

Peugeot +5m13s 
3

 Cyril Despres

 David Castera

Peugeot +33m28s
4

 Nani Roma

 Alex Haro

Toyota +1h16m43s
5

 Giniel de Villiers

 Dirk von Zitzewitz

Toyota +1h49m48s
6

 Orlando Terranova

 Andreas Schulz

Mini +1h52m31s
7

 Kuba Przygonski

 Tom Colsoul

Mini +4h14m47s
8

 Romain Dumas

 Alain Guehennec

Peugeot +4h21m01s
9

 Conrad Rautenbach

 Robert Howie

Toyota +4h40m13s
10

 Mohammed Abu-Issa

 Xavier Panseri

Mini +4h53m30s
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Series Dakar
Event Dakar
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Stéphane Peterhansel
Teams Peugeot Sport
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy