Stephane Peterhansel became the new leader of the Dakar Rally after authoritarian dominated the third round held Monday. Although at the beginning of the competition was considered the main favorite to win Dakar Rally, Volkswagen has encountered stiff competition from fellow countrymen from BMW.
Advantaged by his presention in the team, legend Stephane Peterhansel, the German manufacturer has become the new leader of the competition Monday after the Frenchman dominated authoritarian the third Dakar Rally stage.
At the steering wheel of a BMW X3, Peterhansel finished the stage Monday in less than 4 hours, defeating the famous pilot Carlos Sainz from Volkswagen with about 6 minutes. The performance made yesterday allowed the Frenchman to build a comfortable advance of over 4 minutes in the same general ranking in front of Sainz. Peterhansel won until now nine times Dakar Rally, 6 times at moto class and three times at the auto class, thereby announcing as a potential candidate for victory this year.