Rally-marathon “Dakar-2018” will be the last Peugeot in the foreseeable future. French brand goes away and focused on success, but rivals Toyota and Mini are also determined.
The return of Peugeot in 2015 opened a new Chapter in the history of the “Dakar”. Older fans remember the dominance of the “French lions” in the 80s, and now, after several decades they are back on top.
The first rally-marathon after returning turned out to be disastrous, but in 2016, Stephane Peterhansel led car Peugeot 3008 to victory. A year later, “Mister Dakar” has successfully defended the title, and his teammates Sebastien Loeb and Cyril despres, Peugeot confirmed their superiority over rivals, finishing in second and third places.
Now the French brand goes, but intends to complete another period of performances on the Dakar on a high note and put up an updated model 3008 Maxi.
There are rumors that Peterhansel is going to retire after 30 years of participation. If so, it will only give extra motivation to the current winner.
Let Loeb do not have much experience on the Dakar, but in the two previous editions of the rally-marathon nine-time world rally champion, winning nine stages, has demonstrated that he has all the necessary makings to win. But most importantly, in 2017 SEB finished second, losing only five minutes to Peterhansel.
Five-time winner in the category motorcycles despres has proven an amazing ability to adapt quickly, having won “bronze” in his third “Dakar” driving the SUV.
The fourth Peugeot driver Carlos Sainz slightly faded after five gatherings over the past five years. But “Matador” aggressive as always, and to write off its accounts would be a big mistake. In General, the Peugeot, a real dream team!
But the opponents are not going to give up without a fight. After a steady season-2017 Nasser al-Attiyah without any doubt is among the favorites. On last “Dakar” the Qatari leader was, until she went on the third special stage due to technical problems. But he then won seven of the eight stages in the world championship of cross country rally, including won an important psychological victory over Loeb in the Rally of Morocco.
In favor of al attii says his skill on the roads and a significant upgrade of the car Toyota Hilux, which will also manage Giniel de Villiers.
A big step forward can do X-Raid team. She put up three buggies for Mikko Hirvonen, Bryce Menzies and Yazeed al-Rajhi. Four-wheel drive vehicles go, the star of the rally, Joan Nani Roma, returning behind the wheel of a Mini, and Argentinean Orlando Terranova. Both models of the British brand able to compete for the podium or even for something more.
In the last few years at the “Dakar” in a small amount were submitted to a light buggy, which in 2017 the organizers joined in a separate class, which attracted eight participants.
Category Side-by-Side [SxS] attractive to riders that seek to change the conditions, and participants with limited budget.
This year at the start in Lima there will be 13 crews. Most likely, the fight for victory will lead participants on a buggy Xtrem+ Polaris RZR, on account of its highest mileage on “Dakar” victory in 2017 with Brazilian Leandro Torres. For technicians AU pair boy mavrick X3 CAN-AM and Yamaha 1000 YXZ upcoming edition of the Dakar will be the first.
Driving the Yamaha will perform the most stable member of the South American “Dakar”, but rather a participant in Camellia Liparoti, who has won nine consecutive victories in the women’s standings on the ATV. Rally Merzouga, the main rehearsal before the famous rally-marathon, the Franco-Italian racer finished second among 33 participants – quite a good result for inclusion in the list of favorites in the race.
One of the closest rivals will be Liparoti Peruvian Duo of Juan Carlos Uribe Javier Uribe, twice a winner of the continental competition Baja Inca in the framework of the “Dakar challenge” and received a ticket to the main rally-marathon planet to battle the world’s elite.
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