sainz up to fourth for team peugeot total in argentina - chilecito, january 6th, 2015 ' day three

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Chilecito, January 6th, 2015 – DAY THREE

With only a tenth of the race gone – at the end of day three of 13 – the brand-new PEUGEOT 2008 DKR has continued to make progress on the Dakar Rally in the hands of the event’s most successful-ever driver line-up. Compared to the longest stage of the rally yesterday, today’s action was gentler: 284 kilometres that took the crews to Chilecito, close to the Chilean border.

After the demanding special stage of the previous day, Carlos Sainz, Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres overcame their fatigue to attack day three of the Dakar. While rough, the third stage had the advantage of finishing early, allowing the crews to unwind and prepare for tomorrow at the bivouac in Chilecito.

Nonetheless, the action today still provided a big challenge, with open and fast roads that made up classic Dakar territory, through the heart of one of the most beautiful regions in Argentina. There was plenty of dust and dramatic scenery, presenting the drivers with a final challenge before they head into Chile tomorrow.

Rally legend Carlos Sainz started the day sixth overall, and continued his rapid yet reliable run today. The Spaniard was able to up his pace, to finish the stage fourth fastest and improve his position in the general classification to fourth as well. “I am very happy: we had no problem with the car at all today and we managed to find a good rhythm on the stage, so here we are,” he said. “I enjoyed it: another day gone and we are still in a good position.”

Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel was seventh on the stage after a clean run, crucially adding to the sum total of kilometres completed for the brand-new machine. “On the whole it was good, apart from the dust,” he said. “As we started off 16th this morning, it was difficult. I managed to overtake some people at the beginning, but afterwards it was harder to see. Thiswas a shorter and easier stage compared to yesterday but the performance is good: we saw that we were very quick in the straight sections in particular, a bit less fast when it is narrow with vegetation,” said the Frenchman, who finished seventh on the stage and now lies 16th overall. “To be able to show the sort of potential that we have been able to so far on this rally was very encouraging.”

Cyril Despres made yet more important progress, posting 14th time on the stage – the highest placing of his three-day four-wheel career – and climbing to 20th overall. “I really enjoyed the stage today; twisty and a really good sensation with the car,” he reported. “I know I have to learn a lot, but luckily I have a very experienced co-driver who can help me through it. I’ve just been trying to adapt my mind to the car mentality: anywhere that is dangerous or has holes or rocks, you can go twice as fast in a car as on a bike. But there are other places – especially braking and twisty corners – where you are twice as fast on a bike. This is my challenge, but I find out more all the time.”

Team Peugeot Total principal Bruno Famin commented: “We’re leaving Argentina with Carlos knocking on the door of the podium and the other two cars making their way up the field: that’s a real satisfaction given the amount of testing we had before coming here. As always we’re very aware of the distance ahead and the fact that things will only get harder. But we’ve got all three cars in good condition and all three drivers doing an exceptional job. We maintain our humble approach: there is still a very long way to go and the particular challenge of the Atacama Desert tomorrow.”

Stage 4 (Chilecito-Copiapo): Wednesday 7th / 6:14am local time - 909km (SS 315km)

Results after SS3:

1 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (F) Mini9hr 21min 26sec
2 Giniel de Villiers (RSA)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (D) Toyota9h 26min 44sec
3 Orlando Terranova (ARG)/Ronnie Graue (ARG) Mini9hr 39min 41sec
4 Carlos Sainz (E)/Lucas Cruz (E) Peugeot 2008 DKR9hr 40min 58sec
5 Yazeed Al-Rahji (SAU)/Timo Gottschalk (D) Toyota9hr 41min 34sec
6 Krzysztof Holowczyc (PL)/Xavier Panseri (F) Mini9hr 46min 50sec
7 Erik van Loon (NL)/Wouter Roesegar (NL) Mini9hr 49min 09sec
8 Bernhard Ten Brinke (NL)/Tom Colsoul (B) Toyota9hr 57min 48sec
9 Carlos Sousa (P)Paulo Fiuza (P) Toyota10h 03min 18sec
10. Christian Lavieille (F)/Pascal Maimon (F) Toyota10hr 05min 04sec
16 Stéphane Peterhansel (F)/J-P Cottret (F) Peugeot 2008 DKR10hr 34min 15sec
20. Cyril Despres (F)/Gilles Picard (F) Peugeot 2008 DKR10hr 51min 37 sec


Follow the action at, and Red Bull TV: with 10 mins of daily action (“Dakar Daily”) and inside stories (“Dakar Extra”) the day after each stage.

STILL & MOVING IMAGES available for media use in the Rally Dakar 2015 compilation:

MI201412170211 - TV Newscut 6th January

MI201412170210 – TV Newscut 5th January includes ITV C. Sainz at bivouac after Stage 2 + bivouac workshop b-roll of Team Peugeot-Total’s bivouac workshop in San Juan

MI201412170209 – TV newscut 4th January includes ITV C. Sainz (ENG) at bivouac after Stage 1

>> Direct link to the Team Peugeot-Total compilation (photos, text, videos added in the course of the Dakar Rally & available for download):

Download Team Peugeot-Total DAKAR MEDIA GUIDE:



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