Peu­geot wasn’t ex­pect­ing Silk Way Rally suc­cess, says prin­ci­pal Bruno Famin

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Peu­geot’s dom­i­na­tion of the Silk Way Rally was more than the French team could ever have ex­pected, ac­cord­ing to team prin­ci­pal Bruno Famin.

De­spite 2,250 miles of com­pe­ti­tion in a 6,670-mile, 16-day route from Moscow to Bei­jing, none of the three 2008 DKR’S suf­fered any me­chan­i­cal prob­lems. Cyril De­spres – a five-time Dakar win­ner on a bike – took his maiden vic­tory on four wheels. Se­bastien Loeb fin­ished sev­enth hav­ing dropped out of con­tention after miss­ing a nav­i­ga­tional way­point late in the event, while Stephane Peter­hansel’s hopes of a re­peat of his Silk Way win from last year were spoiled when he rolled his car. The French­man was 15th over­all.

Peu­geot won nine of 12 stages and De­spres fin­ished 25 min­utes ahead of his near­est com­peti­tor, Mini driver Yazeed Al Ra­jhi.

Famin said: “As the small num­ber of in­ci­dents we had to re­port sug­gests, the Peu­geot 2008 DKR now forms a ma­tured pack­age. Our ob­jec­tive was to gain more ex­pe­ri­ence with the car and the crews, to reach Bei­jing with all three cars and win. We suc­ceeded in tick­ing all those boxes.”

Win­ner De­spres added: “We have grown in con­fi­dence and we had tre­men­dous fun. The car was bril­liant. I re­ally like com­pet­ing on four wheels now!”

De­spres (r) en­joyed shock win

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