Sebastien Loeb won the 11th and penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday.
The Nine-time world rally champion enjoyed his fourth stage triumph of this year’s race, completing the 292-kilometre timed section from San Juan and Rio Cuarto in Argentina in three hours and 21 minutes.
But his Peugeot teammate and fellow Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel remains in pole position to claim a record 13th title.
The Dakar veteran finished second, just 18 seconds behind and will now head into the final stage with a 5 minute and 32 second advantage over Loeb.
Britain’s Sam Sunderland maintained his overall race lead in the motorbike category despite finishing 5th on the day behind winner Joan Barreda.
Sunderland will begin the final stage with a 33 minute advantage over closest rival and KTM teammate Matthias Walkner from Austria.