Other than the opening prologue, Peugeot have won every stage of the 2016 Dakar. Today it was the turn of Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz to head the standings when they took victory in stage 7 by  38 seconds from team mates Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena. Nasser Al Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel (MINI) managed to prevent another Peugeot 1-2-3 by taking third just five seconds ahead of Stephane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret.

Mikko Hirvonen and Michel Perin (MINI) were next up ahead of Cyril Despres and David Castera in another Peugeot. Geniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz led the Toyota charge finishing in seventh ahead of Yazeed Al Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk and the South African pair of Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie. Nani Roma and Alex Haro Bravo (MINI) completed the top ten.

Mark Corbett and Juan Mohr

Mark Corbett and Juan Mohr

Despite rolling their Century CR5 Mark Corbett and Juan Mohr made it to the end of the stage in 23rd place just over two minutes ahead of team mates Colin Matthews and Rod Burke who were in 26th place. Sean Reitz and Riaan Greyling (Nissan) were 41st.

Going into tomorrow’s rest day Loeb and Elena have reclaimed the overall lead in the 2016 Dakar. They are 2’22” ahead of  Peterhansel and Cottret with Sainz and Cruz a further 2’28” back. Al Attiyah and Baumel lead the chasing pack with Hirvonen and Perin next up. De Villiers and van Zitzewitz in sixth are the first of the Toyotas. They are followed by team mates Poulter and Howie with Al Rajhi Gottschalk not far back in eighth. Russians Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov in the G-Energy Team Toyota Hilux are ninth ahead of the Renault Duster piloted by Emiliano Spataro and Benjamín Lozada.

In the overall standings Corbett and Mohr are in 31st place and hour and 13 minutes and 5 spots ahead of team mates Matthews and Burke. Sean Reitz and Riaan Greyling (Nissan) are in 45th.