Dakar Cars, Stage 6: Peterhansel moves into the lead with second win

Stephane Peterhansel won Friday's sixth stage of the Dakar Rally to take the lead of the event from Peugeot teammate Sebastian Loeb.

It was Peterhansel's second win of the rally, keeping Peugeot's perfect record of wins in proper stages so far this year.

Today's stage - kicking off in Uyuni, Bolivia and returning to the starting point - featured the longest special so far in the rally, with a total of 542km timed, plus 180km of connection.

The stage was extremely close right from the start, with Peterhansel going fastest at the first control point by just four seconds and the top eight cars covered by less than a minute.

At the second control point, the Frenchman managed to keep his slim advantage over Loeb - four seconds slower - and Sainz, the Spaniard only 22 seconds behind.

Peterhansel increased his lead at CP4, making it grow to over a minute over Sainz, as Loeb lost nearly four minutes to his compatriot and was nearly caught by Sainz on the road.

Loeb lost further time near the end, and reached the finish over eight minutes behind Peterhansel, losing the overall lead in the process.

At the finish, the 11-time Dakar winner took victory with a time of 5h01m07s, beating Sainz by just 17 seconds. Toyota's Yazeed Al-Rajhi wound up third after a strong day, 7m19s adrift.

With his victory, Peterhansel leads the event by 27 seconds from Loeb, with Sainz in third, 5m55s behind.

Reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah was unable to match the pace of the Peugeots once again, finishing the day in fifth, nearly nine minutes slower than Peterhansel in the quickest Mini.

2014 winner Nani Roma was sixth in another Mini, the Spaniard finishing ahead of Argentine Orlando Terranova and ex-WRC star Mikko Hirvonen, both driving Minis.

Toyota's Giniel de Villiers and Erik van Loon in the Mini rounded out the top 10.

Standings after Stage 6:

Pos.No.Driver

Car

Time/Gap
1 302

 Stephane Peterhansel
 Jean-Paul Cottret

Peugeot

18h26m20s
2 314

 Sebastien Loeb

 Daniel Elena

Peugeot

27s
3 303

 Carlos Sainz

 Lucas Cruz

Peugeot

5m55s
4 300

 Nasser Al-Attiyah

 Matthieu Baumel

Mini

15m19s
5 301

 Giniel de Villiers

 Dirk von Zitzewitz

Toyota

29m21s
6 315

 Mikko Hirvonen

 Michel Perin

Mini

29m51s
7 319

 Leeroy Poulter

 Robert Howie

Toyota

34m27s
8 305

 Yazeed Al-Rajhi

 Timo Gottschalk

Toyota

37m14s
9 307

 Vladimir Vasilyev

 Konstantin Zhiltsov

Toyota

42m27s
10 317

 Emiliano Spataro

 Benjamin Lozada

Renault

57m32s

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Event Dakar 2016
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