Peterhansel races to 10th Dakar crown
16 January 2012, 10:42
There was double French delight on the Dakar Rally on Sunday as
Stephane Peterhansel won an unprecedented 10th title by winning the cars
section and Cyril Despres wrapped up a tight motorbikes category.
Peterhansel, driving a Mini, was previously a triple car winner and
six-time motorcycle winner of the gruelling rally but it was his first
victory in the race since it moved to South America in 2009. The
Frenchman, who went into the final stage with a 43-minute lead over
closest rival Nani Roma of Spain, finished 10th on the 29km special,
3:12 off American Robby Gordon's pace. Gordon was disqualified from the
race on Wednesday but permitted to keep racing under appeal.
Peterhansel covered the 8 400km-long rally, of which more than half were
timed specials, between Mar Del Plata in Argentina and Lima in 38hr
54min 46sec, with teammate Roma at 41:56, and South African Toyota
driver Giniel De Villiers at 1.13:25.
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