DAKAR 2013: Peterhansel wins 7th stage, increases lead to over 3 minutes image

Stephane Peterhansel increased his Dakar Rally lead to over three minutes after winning the seventh stage of the competition on Friday.

Main rival Nasser Al-Attiyah, who had closed to within 1 minute 18 seconds of Peterhansel’s X-raid Mini in the preceding stage, took a great start in today’s stage but then lost ground and finished sixth, losing just under two minutes to the leader.

Peterhansel emerged on top at the finish of the 218-kilometer special stage in Salta, followed closely by Guerlain Chicherit in the SMG Buggy, 39 seconds slower. Third place went to Robby Gordon in his Hummer, with Orlando Terranova  and Giniel de Villiers completing the top five. The South African continues to be third overall, ahead of Russian Leonid Novitskiy.

Stage seven results:
1. Stephane Peterhansel/Jean Paul Cottret (FRA/FRA/Mini) 1:47:27
2. Guerlain Chicherit/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA/FRA/Smg) +39
3. Robby Gordon/Kellon Walch (USA/USA/Hummer) +1:08
4. Orlando Terranova/Paulo Fiuza (ARG/POR/BMW) +1:11
5. Giniel De Villiers/Dirk Von Zitzewitz (RSA/GER/Toyota) +1:32
6. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Lucas Cruz (QAT/ESP/Buggy) +1:56
7. Erik Wevers/Fabian Lurquin (NED/BEL/Hrx) +3:45
8. Leonid Novitskiy/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS/RUS/Mini) +4:07
9. Carlos Sousa/Miguel Ramalho (POR/POR/Great Wall) +4:34
10. Lucio Alvarez/Bernardo Rolando Graue (ARG/ARG/Toyota) +6:24

Standings after seven stages:
1. Stephane Peterhansel/Jean Paul Cottret (FRA/FRA/Mini) +16:23:43
2. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Lucas Cruz (QAT/ESP/Buggy) +3:14
3. Giniel De Villiers/Dirk Von Zitzewitz (RSA/GER/Toyota) +44:03
4. Leonid Novitskiy/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS/RUS/Mini) +48:54
5. Guerlain Chicherit/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA/FRA/Smg) +1:17:05
6. Ronan Chabot/Gilles Pillot (FRA/FRA/Smg) +1:34:51
7. Bernard Errandonea/Arnaud Debron (AND/FRA/Smg) +2:02:18
8. Orlando Terranova/Paulo Fiuza (ARG/POR/Bmw) +2:06:38
9. Carlos Sousa/Miguel Ramalho (POR/POR/Great Wall) +2:07:29
10. Erik Wevers/Fabian Lurquin (NED/BEL/Hrx) +2:31:22