Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel achieved his 12th Dakar victory and further expanded his fame in the toughest competition in the world. Following, the 5 keys to your success.
1- The performance of the Peugeot 2008 DKR: The renewed Peugeot prototype was by far the most competitive car in the test that crossed the roads of Argentina and Bolivia on a 9.000 kilometer route.
2- The experience: Peterhansel started the first week, on rally-type roads, very calm and let his teammates do it, the Frenchman Sébastien Loeb and the Spanish Carlos Sainz, experts on this kind of road.
3- The hardness of the race: Without a doubt, he was the great ally of the French. Loeb, for example, was delayed after a spectacular roll-over in the first stage on sand and with a lot of navigation. Sainz left due to mechanical problems with his car.
4- The lack of weighty rivals: Peterhansel reached the top of the race on stage XNUMX with almost an hour of advantage over Nasser Al-Attiyah (MINI), who had no chance to discount it. Finally, the Frenchman won the race with half an hour in his favor over the Qatari.
5- The motivation: At age 50, Monsieur Dakar did not give up on his goal of achieving his sixth car triumph and matching his motorcycle triumphs. “The last big challenge in my campaign was to get the same number of victories in cars as in motorcycles. And that's it. I do not know very well if I have any motivation that important, "he said, questioning the possibility of his retirement.
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