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STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

(fra) 1.71m / 68kg

Hobbies

Sport automobile, ski, randonnée, vélo

Sponsors

Audi, Q Motorsport, Red Bull

2022 : 59e
2021 : Victoire
2020 : 3e
2019 : Abandon
2018 : 4e
2017 : Victoire
2016 : Victoire
2015 : 11e
2014 : 2e
2013 : Victoire
2012 : Victoire
2011 : 4e
2010 : 4e
2009 : Abandon
2007 : Victoire
2006 : 4e
2005 : Victoire
2004 : Victoire
2003 : 3e
2002 : Abandon
2001 : 12e
2000 : 2e
1999 : 7e
En moto
1998 : Victoire
1997 : Victoire
1996 : Abandon
1995 : Victoire
1993 : Victoire
1992 : Victoire
1991 : Victoire
1990 : Abandon
1989 : 4e
1988 : 18e

2022 : Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, 1er / Rallye du Maroc, 3e (Open) / Andalucia Rally, 1er (Open)
2019 : 2e de la Coupe du monde tout terrain (Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, 1er / Rally Kazakhstan, 2e / Rally du Maroc, 4e)
2017 : Silk Way Rally (5ème)
2016 : Silk Way Rally (15ème)
2015 : vainqueur du China Grand Rally
2013 : vainqueur du Rally dos Sertoes, 3ème de la Baja d’Espagne
2012 : vainqueur de la Baja d’Espagne, vainqueur du Rally dos Sertoes
2010 : vainqueur du rallye du Maroc, vainqueur de la Baja d’Espagne
2009 : vainqueur du rallye du Maroc
2008 : vainqueur du Pax Rallye Portugal, Dakar Series
2007 : vainqueur de l’UAE Desert Challenge et de la Baja d’Espagne
2006 : vainqueur du rallye de Tunisie
2005 : vainqueur de l’UAE Desert Challenge
2004 : vainqueur du rallye de Tunisie, du rallye du Maroc
2003 : vainqueur de l’UAE Desert Challenge
2002 : vainqueur du rallye de Tunisie, de l’UAE Desert Challenge
11 fois champion de France d’Enduro
9 fois vainqueur du Trèfle Lozérien

Interview

Mr. Dakar

As a teenage skateboard champion, Stéphane Peterhansel was already dazzled by the images of the Dakar in the 1980s. At the time, Cyril Neveu and Hubert Auriol were swallowing up the Saharan dunes. But he never imagined that 40 years later, he would have amassed 14 titles and embarked on an extremely demanding technological challenge. His talent and precociousness led him to an ultra-fast learning curve in rally-raid, winning his first Dakar in 1991. The rider with the blue bandana won six titles in eight years aboard a Yamaha. The qualities he had developed on a motorbike were quickly put to good use when he switched to cars: 7th on his first go in 1999, he finished runner-up the following year. In 2004, "Peter" joined Hubert Auriol as the second rider in Dakar history to win on two and four wheels. The continuation of the "Mitsu" saga resulted in triumphs in 2005 and 2007. After the withdrawal of the Japanese constructor, Peterhansel joined X-Raid, but it wasn't until 2012 that he won his 10th title. Not satisfied, 'Mr. Dakar' followed up with another victory in 2013. A new challenge came in 2015 with the return of Peugeot to the Dakar, and in 2016, "Peter" made the lion roar for the first time since Ari Vatanen's success with the 405. The series continued with the 3008 to go for a 13th title after an intense final duel with team-mate Sébastien Loeb. In January 2021, he became the only competitor to have won in Africa, South America and now Asia. The collection could have prompted the fastest veteran on the planet to retire. But Audi offered him one of the most attractive challenges of his career: to participate in the design and development of the first electric vehicle capable of winning the Dakar. For its competition debut, the RS Q e-tron proved just how competitive it is, winning four stages, including one for 'Peter' who increased his career total to 82, even though he finished light years from his expectations (59th). After a year spent developing the Audi prototype, Peterhansel will, as was the case on the last two editions, be accompanied by Edouard Boulanger, who had the pleasure of winning his first Dakar as an elite co-driver. He was previously the "mapman" for KTM and Toyota. The duo and the car are once again ready to reach the top.


S.P.: “Last January, we saw that we had great potential. From this point forward, the objective is victory, to become the first to win in a car with electric motors. We have done a good job, and I believe the car can win, but we know the Dakar is never easy. You can have the best car, but if the driver and co-driver are not in peak form throughout the rally, it will not be a success. In any case, the car has progressed in the right direction, and we have tried to make everything more reliable”.

Vehicle

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AUDI RS Q E-TRON E2
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  • Audi Sport
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Ranking 2023

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Summary - 06/01 18:26 [GMT +3]

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Newsflashes - 06/01 12:45 [GMT +3] - Car

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