Historic victory on the Dakar!

Historic victory on the Dakar!

This Sunday, Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel won the second stage of the Dakar, in the car category, to equal the record for victories.

Stéphane Peterhansel makes history. This Sunday, in the car category, the Frenchman won the second stage of the Dakar-2024, near Al-Duwadimi. This is the 50th stage victory for the Habs, in this same category and on the occasion of this same prestigious rally-raid. Finnish Ari Vatanen’s record is therefore equaled. This long special consisted of a total of 470 kilometers. At the finish, Peterhansel is 29 seconds ahead of one of his compatriots, in the person of Sébastien Loeb, a resident of Prodrive.

At 3 minutes and 11 seconds, we find the American Seth Quintero, resident of the Toyota team, who completes this podium. At the same time, Stéphane Peterhansel’s teammate at Audi, namely Carlos Sainz, took the lead in the general classification. At the end of this special, the Frenchman spoke, in comments reported by theAFP : “I’ve stopped counting the number of stage victories a bit, to come back to the same level as him is always nice (…) I still have a chance to beat him then. »

The seven pass for Cornejo

In the motorcycle category, the last word went to Ignacio Cornejo. The Honda team driver won at the end of a second stage which took place between Al-Henakiyah and Al-Duwadimi. The Chilean secures his seventh stage victory since his very debut on the Dakar. It was on the occasion of the 2016 edition. At the finish, Cornejo was ahead of the Argentinian Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna), who failed 5 minutes and 59 seconds from the final victory.

The podium is completed by the other Chilean from Honda, namely Pablo Quintanilla. The latter arrived with a delay of 6 minutes and 12 seconds. In this 470 kilometer special, a section of dunes of around thirty kilometers was present at the very beginning of this course, designed for rollers. In terms of the general classification, first place remains occupied by the Botswanan Ross Branch (Hero), winner of Saturday’s stage.

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