Peugeot at Dakar Rally 2015 – The Best Of
Official Peugeot Video 2015


“The Dakar Rally described as one of the most demanding off-road races in the world, occurring over a 15 day period”

The annual Dakar Rally or simply known as “The Dakar” has taken place from South America each year since 2009. The race is open to amateur and professional entries, amateurs typically making up about eighty percent of all the participants. The off road track sections contain dune crossings, mud, rocks, camel grass and covers over 5,661 miles. The route incorporates parts of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and is a test where man and machine are pushed to the ultimate limit.

After 14 days, 13 stages and 9112 kilometres (4601 of which were run competitively), Team Peugeot Total reached the finish of its first Dakar with two of its three Peugeot 2008 DKR entries. Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret finished 11th while Cyril Despres and Gilles Picard were 34th. Both crews faced up to all the challenges that Dakar could offer, providing the entire team with valuable experience that will enable it to come back stronger in 2016.

Twenty-five years have passed since Peugeot’s last participation on the Dakar. While the continent and the team may have changed, the race remains an extraordinary adventure and a massive challenge for man and machine. The 2015 Dakar was characterised by all the different types of weather and terrain possible, including a stage that started on the spectacular Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia for the first time. Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret, Cyril Despres/Gilles Picard and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz, three experienced and reliable crews with 17 wins between them, fronted up to the challenge with determination. Now thoughts already turn towards 2016, with a final look back at 2015 to congratulate Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Beaumel from the Qatar Rally Team on their victory.

Overall Car Ranking Rally Dakar 2015:

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Qatar Rally Team – 40h32m25s
2. Giniel de Villiers (RSA)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (DEU) Toyota All Speed – +00:35:34
3. Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL)/Xavier Panseri (FRA) Mini – +01:32:01
4. Erik van Loon (NLD)/Wouter Roesegar (NLD) Mini – +03:01:52
5. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS)/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) – +03:12:41
6. Christian Lavieille (FRA)/Pascal Maimon (FRA) Toyota – +03:15:58
7. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD)/Tom Colsoul (BEL) Toyota – +03:42:02
8. Carlos Sousa (PRT)/Paulo Fiuza (PRT) Mitsubishi – +03:44:59
9. Aidyn Rakhimbayev (KAZ)/Anton Nikolaev (RUS) Mini – +04:08:44
10. Ronan Chabot (FRA)/Gilles Pillot (FRA) SMG – +04:42:36
11. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/J-P Cottret (FRA) Team Peugeot Total – +05:19:15
34. Cyril Despres (FRA)/Gilles Picard (FRA) Team Peugeot Total – +15:38:07


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Source: Peugeot Australia Motorsport News