Sunday 28 November at 11 am (Paris time) - Presentation of the 2022 Dakar
N°302 Car X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM

STÉPHANE PETERHANSEL

(fra) 1.71m / 68kg

Hobbies

Sport automobile, ski, randonnée, vélo

Sponsors

X-Raid, Mini, Red Bull

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

2019 : Vainqueur de la Coupe du monde tout terrain
11 fois champion de France d’Enduro
Vainqueur du China Grand Rallye, du rallye de Tunisie, du rallye de Dubai

Interview

“It is going to be flat-out from the start”

Even as a teenage skateboard champion, Stephane Peterhansel was already getting excited watching the Dakar in the 1980s, with Cyril Neveu and Hubert Auriol surfing across the dunes in the Sahara. His talent and precociousness enabled him to be a quick study of rally-raid racing, as he won his first Dakar in 1991. The rider known for his blue bandana won six times in eight years with Yamaha. When he switched to four wheels, the skills acquired on a motorbike were soon put to good use with a 7th place finish in his first go in 1999, he finished runner-up the following year. Victory didn’t come until 2004, the year when “Peter” became only the second competitor in Dakar history after Hubert Auriol to triumph on two then four wheels. The continuation of the “Mitsu” era saw him win again in 2005 and then in 207. After the departure of the Japanese carmaker, Peterhansel joined X-Raid, but it wasn’t until 2012 that he collected his 10th piece of hardware. Not satisfied by this victorious cycle, "Mr Dakar" followed up with another victory in 2013. A new challenge came about in 2015 with the return of Peugeot to the Dakar and in 2016, Peterhansel made the lion roar for the first time since the success of Ari Vatanen and the 405. The winning continued with number 13 in the 3008 DKR at the conclusion of a pressure-packed duel with team-mate Sébastien Loeb. Back at X-Raid after the withdrawal of the French constructor, “Peter” suffered one of his rare retirements then was back on the podium last January. After giving up on the project of having with his wife Andrea in seat to his right, he recruited Edouard Boulanger to be his co-driver, who is a former biker like him and above all a navigation expert, having worked as "mapman" for KTM and Toyota and thus adding some victories obtained in the shadow of the champions to the successes of his neighbour's in the cockpit.

S.P.:"I was blown away by what we saw in Saudi Arabia. It was even more beautiful than we could have imagined and on a technical level, the route had a heavy dose of navigation. Concerning the 3rd place overall, it was a good result, considering I changed my co-driver right before the rally. We won 4 stages and we were in the fight until the end... and it is always easier when you share the victory with a team-mate like Carlos. This year, of course, the pandemic has turned everything upside down, we haven't been able to make a lot of changes to the car but I think it will be the case for the others as well. In any case, we know that it's going to be a big success, we'll have to stay in close contact and see where we are every day. We know that the rally can be won even up to the penultimate day.
What motivates me to do a 33rd Dakar with the same desire is still the passion for the desert, to be able to drive high-performance machines, to see magnificent scenery and to be in a position to get good results. And I don't lose sight of the fact that the Dakar is a laboratory that participates in the technological evolution that we need. There are many more and more concrete projects that are coming to maturity. And when the day comes that an electric vehicle wins the Dakar, it will mean that the progress made will quickly find its way into everyone's car.”

E.B.: "It has been a goal of mine for a long time to co-drive a very good car. I've been in the rally-raid world for about 15 years, so it took some time. But I don't regret anything, since I took a professional diversion that led me to lead the Free Ride World Tour, which was a very good break. I have known Stéphane, for a long time and our association has developed quite naturally. Compared to my previous co-driving experiences, my reading was a little slow... because he doesn't drive at a normal pace! I think I took this step at the right time, with the new roadbook distribution methods. It resets the counters a bit, I won't wonder if I prepared my stage sufficiently the night before. So, I have a real responsibility, but with a little less pressure.”

Vehicle

X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM

  • Mark : MINI
  • Model : JOHN COOPER WORKS BUGGY
  • Performance tuner : X-Raid
  • Assistance : X-Raid
  • Class : T1.4 diesel 2-wheel drive

Ranking 2021

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On completion of a race he drove masterfully, Stéphane Peterhansel, taking part for the first year with Edouard Boulanger as his co-pilot, added a fourteenth victory to his roll of honour, tasting success thirty years after his first victory on a bike in 1991.

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Newsflashes - 15/01 11:47 [GMT +3] - Auto

Peterhansel picks up his 14th triumph on the Dakar

Stéphane Peterhansel has done it! Assisted by his new co-pilot Édouard Boulanger, on the last special the Frenchman has withstood the attacks from the duo of Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel to obtain his eighth overall triumph on the Dakar in the car category and his 14th title overall on the most prestigious of rally-raids. What’s more, “Mister...

Newsflashes - 15/01 10:37 [GMT +3] - Auto

Peterhansel increases the gap

At the first time check point, Carlos Sainz occupies first place, 44’’ ahed of his team-mate Stéphane Peterhansel. Nasser Al-Attiyah, who was opening the way, trails the Spaniard by a little more than two minutes, thus conceding more than a minute to his French rival 100 km from the finishing line.

Reactions - 14/01 16:28 [GMT +3] - Auto

Stéphane Peterhansel: “It was not easy to anticipate”

A 14th title on the Dakar is within Peterhansel’s reach, though he had a few frights on the route to Yanbu.

“Today it was really complicated, like the organisers said beforehand, like we expected it to be, because the navigation was not easy, but we got two punctures, especially the last one that was in the dunes. They were really strange dunes - in the middle...

Newsflashes - 14/01 15:44 [GMT +3] - Auto

Peterhansel loses two minutes

Nasser Al-Attiyah has finished the special in front of Stéphane Peterhansel. The Frenchman has conceded a little less than two minutes to his Qatari rival. As a result, Peterhansel will start the last stage with a lead of a quarter of an hour. It is a comfortable lead, but he will have to be careful on the 225-km special tomorrow that separates him from overall...

Newsflashes - 14/01 15:20 [GMT +3] - Auto

Just a few kilometres left for “Peter”

Stéphane Peterhansel is withstanding the pressure exerted by Nasser Al-Attiyah who is in pursuit mode. The Frenchman possesses a lead of just over 38’’ approximately thirty kilometres from the finishing line.

Newsflashes - 14/01 12:43 [GMT +3] - Auto

Peterhansel opens the way and a gap

Stéphane Peterhansel is now opening the way for his rivals, but it is not stopping the Frenchman from widening the gap over Nasser Al-Attiyah who now trails him by more than three minutes.

Newsflashes - 14/01 12:18 [GMT +3] - Auto

Al-Attiyah and Sainz lose time

Up with the pace and in and around the lead over the first 127 kilometres, Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al-Attiyah have lost time at the next time check point (after 215 km). Stéphane Peterhansel now has a lead of 2’48’’ over Al-Attiyah and almost five minutes over Sainz. “Mister Dakar” is taking further strides towards victory!

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