Peugeot drivers quotes after Dakar stage 8

Peugeot drivers quotes after Dakar stage 8

11.01.2017: Dakar Rally 2017 Wednesday, January 11th 2017

Dakar Rally 2017
Wednesday, January 11th 2017



“QUOTE, UNQUOTE…”
 



Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 3008DKR#309)
Leg8: 1st / Overall: 1st 



“We had to work on our car at last night’s halt in Uyuni. I helpedDaniel until around 11pm before going to bed. The first part of today’s stagewent well for us and our car ran like clockwork.


The conditions were far fromperfect and we came across stretches of standing water that were up to 600metres long. Stéphane was a little faster than us during the early off-road section but we had the edge when the terrain switched to more conventional tracks.



We did our best to open up a gap but we then punctured on a concealed rock in aford about 80km from the end. We went on to win the stage, though, and we’reback in the overall lead. We will be first on the road on Thursday when we hearthat the navigation will be just as hard, if not harder.



We are still in thefight, and that’s what counts, even though Stéphane isn’t far behind. He’sgoing well, so we will need to keep pushing without making any mistakes. Daniel has a good grasp now of calling the notes, even on the off-road stuff. It’s going well for us but this is far from over…”
 




Stéphane PETERHANSEL (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #300)
Leg8: 2nd / Overall: 2nd



“It wasn’t a perfect day for us. An early puncture after around 120kmcost us three minutes and allowed Sébastien to pass us on the road. We ranbehind him after that, staying just clear of the dust thrown up by his car.


We ended up losing a little more than three minutes to him. Even so, I am pleasedwith my time today because some 300km of today’s stage was on WRC-style tracks.



We didn’t do too badly and we are pleased not to have dropped more ground thanwe did. We’re no longer in the lead but the gap isn’t very big and anything can still happen. Sébastien LOEB knows how to handle pressure and manage a lead but we will do our best to go fastest on the remaining stages.



The three Peugeots are all back on the provisional podium which is a comfortable position to be in.I am disappointed that Wednesday’s ‘Super Belen’ test has been cancelled – itwould have been a good test for us and a chance to hit back.”
 




CyrilDespres (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #307)
Leg8: 3rd / Overall: 3rd

“Last night we had to tend to a lower suspension wishbone problem whichwas due to play in a ball joint.



I decided it was wiser to change the part, so Davidand I didn’t get to sleep until quite late. We were in good form this morning, though. We had a big moment today when we aquaplaned on some standing water.



The force of the water managed to open David’s door and he was treated to anunexpected shower! We didn’t have any problems at all on the second section which was more of a WRC-style stage and not really our type of terrain.


We started six minutes behind Nani ROMA but finished four minutes ahead of him, sowe are quite pleased with our day.”
 




Aurélie Leh, Christina GAITHER - photos Red Bull
     

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