DAKAR DIESEL DOM­I­NANCE ONCE AGAIN!

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Udbg News -

The 2017 Dakar Rally has come and gone, with floods and bad weather caus­ing havoc for lo­cals and event or­ga­niz­ers alike. But the race went on de­spite some stages be­ing can­celled or short­ened. In the highly con­tested Auto class, the brand-new Peu­geot 3008DKR diesel-pow­ered 2WD long-travel sus­pen­sion bug­gies dom­i­nated the event, sweep­ing the top three steps of the podium. Diesel-pow­ered rac­ers took seven of the top ten po­si­tions in the fi­nal run­ning or­der as well as tak­ing stage wins on all but one of the con­tested stages for the gru­el­ing cross-coun­try race. This year’s Dakar Rally started in Paraguay be­fore en­ter­ing the high al­ti­tudes of Bo­livia, where the turbo diesels re­ally shined com­pared to their nat­u­rally as­pi­rated gas burn­ing com­peti­tors, be­fore fin­ish­ing in Ar­gentina.

While the gas-pow­ered Toy­ota of Nasser Al-at­tiya took the first stage win, the Peu­geot 3008DKRS sim­ply took over af­ter that, winning each of the re­main­ing stages be­tween three of their driv­ers. Cyril De­spres took one stage win and Se­bastien Loeb won five, while Stephane Peter­hansel won three stages en­route to his record 13th over­all Dakar vic­tory. Peter­hansel fin­ished just over 5 min­utes ahead of team­mate Loeb in sec­ond and 33-min­utes ahead of De­spres in third, with the first gas-pow­ered Toy­ota of Nani Roma fin­ish­ing in fourth place at more than an hour and 16 min­utes off the pace of Peter­hansel’s diesel Peu­geot. In the Truck cat­e­gory, Ka­maz driver Ed­uard Niko­laev won the class by nearly 20 min­utes over his team­mate Dmitry Sot­nikov. For more in­for­ma­tion and to see the full re­sults point your browser to www.dakar.com. The 2018 Dakar will mark the 40th run­ning of the event; will the diesels dom­i­nate again? We sure hope so!

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