Sébastien Loeb has completed the tenth stage of Rally Dakar at the top of the provisional standings leading another Peugeot 1-2-3. Cyril Despres finished 2’33” behind the 9-time WRC Champion with Stéphane Peterhansel a further 4’12” back in third. Peterhansel could, however, move up the rankings as he lost a considerable amount of time when he stopped after 83 km to assist a biker he had collided with. The Frenchman waited with Simon Marčič for medical assistance to arrive and the organizers are likely to give him at least some of the time he lost back.

UPDATE

Peterhansel was given the almost 15 minutes he spent waiting with Marčič back which sees him take the stage win by 7’28” over Loeb. Despres is now classified in third.

Sébastien Loeb set the quickest time during stage 10

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Yazeed Al Rajhi (MINI) led the chasing pack, coming home in fourth place ahead of teammate Orlando Terranova. Geniel de Villiers was the first Toyota home in sixth ahead of Conrad Rautenbach. Nani Roma had a disappointing day, finishing over 30 minutes behind Loeb, ending any realistic chance he had of challenging for the overall win.

After being given back the time he lost waiting with Marčič, Peterhansel moves back to the top of the overall standings. He has an almost 6 minute advantage of Loeb with Despres almost 20 minutes further back completing the Peugeot 1-2-3. Despite losing a lot of time today Roma remains in fourth place followed by de Villiers who has moved up to fifth after Hirvonen’s challenge came to an end when he collided with a truck and lost over 4 hours on the stage.

Conrad Rautenbach continues his progress up the overall log and is now in 11th place, just behind Sheikh Khalid Al Quassimi (MINI) who is his main challenger in the race to be the leading rookie.