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201515 Sep

Peugeot-2008-DKR

 

Team Peugeot Total’s Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres overcame the exceptionally varied challenges thrown at them, by the atypical China Silk Road Rally, to collect a highly encouraging one-two finish for the Peugeot 2008 DKR at the end of the 5,442-kilometre event!

 

Team Peugeot Total enjoys a successful motorsport record in China, including endurance racing wins with the Peugeot 908 at Zhuhai in 2010 and 2011. This year, the team returned to the brand’s biggest market to take on – and win – a challenge of a very different sort: the China Silk Road Rally. This cross-country rally, will go down in Peugeot Sport history as the backdrop not only to the Peugeot 2008 DKR’s maiden victory but also to a resounding one-two result.

 

En route to picking up the top prizes at the finish in Dunhuang, Stephane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret and Cyril Despres/David Castera completed 2,000 kilometres of competitive action, plus a further 3,479km in liaison sections, in the course of the two-week event. Stephane Peterhansel appeared at the top of the leaderboard on the second day and maintained his strong pace to add six more stage victories to the Peugeot 2008 DKR’s maiden stage success on SS2. He went on to collect his first win on this rally, a month after celebrating his 50th birthday!

 

The Peugeot 2008 DKR’s one-two finish coincided with the first major result for Cyril Despres on four wheels. The pair’s determination was rewarded with their first stage victory on SS11, which was followed by another on SS13. In all, they contributed to five one-two finishes for Team Peugeot Total in the course of the fortnight. Their consistency saw them emerge in second place after Day 4, after which they succeeded in defending their position until today’s finish.

 

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Team Peugeot Total’s Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres overcame the exceptionally varied challenges thrown at them, by the atypical China Silk Road Rally, to collect a highly encouraging one-two finish for the Peugeot 2008 DKR at the end of the 5,442-kilometre event!

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