2018 was a big year for the Dakar Rally, where the best drivers from around the globe met to compete in the longest, toughest and more intense Rally in the world.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the first ever Dakar Rally, it is also the 30th Anniversary of the first Peugeot Win at the Dakar Rally. 1987 saw Ari Vatanen and Bernard Giroux scooped first place behind the wheel of a 'Peugeot 205T16 Grand Raid'.
After a break from rally raid racing Peugeot returned in 2015. Peugeot has definitely made its mark in the history of the Dakar Rally and achieved another two wins: in 2016 with the Peugeot 2008DKR, then clinching a landmark 1-2-3 finish in 2017 with the Peugeot 3008DKR. We can now proudly announce that 2018 marks the 7th win for Peugeot at Dakar with victory for Sainz/Cruz in their 3008DKR Maxi.
This win marks Peugeot’s final participation on the Dakar. Peugeot Sport will now concentrate on the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WorldRX). The season will get underway from April 14-15 in Barcelona, with Sébastien Loeb driving one of the PEUGEOT 208 WRX entries. At the same time, Peugeot Sport will also prepare for the forthcoming electric Rallycross championship in 2020. This will be tackled with the replacement for the current road going PEUGEOT 208, which will feature a fully electric version.
The numbers that count:
3: Countries visited; Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
8793: Kilometres covered, of which 4047km were competitive, over 14 legs and 13 stages.
7: Stage wins for the PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi out of 13 that were run.
One-twos and one-two-threes : 4 one-twos (SS2, SS4, SS6 and SS8) including two one-two-threes (SS2 and SS4)
Rally leaders: Despres/Castera (SS2), Peterhansel/Cottret (SS3 to SS6) and Sainz/Cruz (SS7 to SS14).
195.9kph: Maximum speed (Despres/Castera SS3)
108kph: Highest average speed (Sainz/Cruz SS6)
35°: Highest ambient temperature (SS13)
6°: Lowest ambient temperature (SS6)
4786m: Maximum altitude (SS8, Uyuni-Tupiza)