Dakar Rally 2017: Peugeot's Peterhansel beats Loeb for 13th win

Stephane Peterhansel delivered back-to-back Dakar Rally victories for Peugeot, seeing off team-mate and World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb for his 13th win in the event

Dakar Rally 2017: Peugeot's Peterhansel beats Loeb for 13th win

Peterhansel, nicknamed "Mr. Dakar" as the rally's most successful competitor ever, now has seven wins in the car category to go with his six bike triumphs.

The basis for his 2017 win came largely in Thursday's Chilecito-San Juan stage, emerging with a lead of six minutes over Loeb after being given time back following his incident with biker Simon Marcic.

A spirited challenge from Loeb during Friday's San Juan-Rio Cuarto run was for naught, and although the nine-time WRC champion won the final stage - his fifth of the event - it was only by 19 seconds.

It meant Peterhansel had a final winning margin of 5m13s over Loeb.

While Peugeot had only had Peterhansel on the podium of its four drivers in 2016, the French manufacturer locked out the top three this time, completed by Cyril Despres, 33 minutes off the lead.

Nani Roma was best of the rest in fourth, more than an hour down on Peterhansel, while fellow Toyota driver Giniel de Villiers pipped the leading X-Raid Mini entry of Orlando Terranova to fifth place.

Kuba Przygonski (Mini), World Endurance champion Romain Dumas (Peugeot), Conrad Rautenbach (Toyota) and Mohammed Abu-Issa (Mini) completed the top 10.

After losing significant time after a collision with a truck on Thursday, Mikko Hirvonen (Mini) eventually finished the event in 13th, six hours down on Peterhansel.

STAGE 11 RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Sebastien Loeb Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 3h21m15.s -
2 Stephane Peterhansel Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 3h21m33.s 18.s
3 Orlando Terranova X-Raid Mini John Cooper Works Rally Team Mini/BMW 3h27m52.s 6m37.s
4 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Toyota 3h28m16.s 7m01.s
5 Yazeed Al-Rajhi X-Raid Mini John Cooper Works Rally Team Mini/BMW 3h28m40.s 7m25.s
6 Cyril Despres Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 3h28m47.s 7m32.s
7 Erik van Loon Vanloon Racing Toyota 3h35m03.s 13m48.s
8 Conrad Rautenbach Overdrive Toyota Toyota 3h35m47.s 14m32.s
9 Nani Roma Overdrive Toyota Toyota 3h36m19.s 15m04.s
10 Martin Prokop MP Sports Ford 3h38m31.s 17m16.s

FINAL DAKAR 2017 RESULTS:

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