Even after opening the way on the second part of the stage, Stéphane Peterhansel posted the 2nd best time on the special to overtake his team-mate Carlos Sainz and take the lead in the general standings.
“Today it was a very beautiful stage. The desert was much more open. This morning there was a little, or rather a lot, of stress because it was the first dunes, but also the car was full of diesel which meant it was really heavy. So, the priority was not to get stuck. After that, I have to say that we navigated well – Edouard did a really good job. We did perhaps one hundred metres too much, but not a lot compared with how difficult the stage was. I think that the guys from Toyota started very late this morning and probably they will be faster than us because we opened the road and did the navigation, so for the drivers behind it will be easier, for sure”.
By: Official Dakar website