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Loeb retakes lead, Sunderland sitting pretty in Dakar 2017

Loeb retakes lead, Sunderland sitting pretty in Dakar 2017
By Robert Hackwill
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The business end of the Dakar rally has arrived, and Sebastien Loeb and Sam Sunderland are looking good for race wins after stage eight.


Stage eight of the Dakar rally saw France’s Sebastien Loeb take the honours, and the overall lead as the former WRC superstar used his vast experience to retake the lead from Dakar superstar Stephane Peterhansel.

He got to the finish line in Salta, Argentina, three minutes ahead of his compatriot.

Peugeot took the top three places thanks to Cyril Despres. Mikko Hirvonen lies fourth.

Eric Bernard managed to flip his car and looked to be out of the action, but Romain Dumas chivalrously stopped to lend him a hand, and his tow rope came in handy.

Joan Barreda Bort won the motorcycle category, finishing almost four minutes ahead of both Matthias Walkner and the overall race leader Sam Sunderland. The 27-year-old Dorset rider is enjoying his best Dakar ever. In his previous three races since 2012 he has never finished.

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