Who will be behind the wheel of “Peter’s” 2016 Dakar winner?

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The PH-Sport team will enter three 2016 versions of the Peugeot 2008 in the 2017 Dakar, including the car of defending winner Stéphane Peterhansel.

The 2016 version returned Peugeot to its status as the car to beat in winning the Dakar thanks to Stéphane Peterhansel, and took 9 of 14 stages. These formidable cars that swallowed up the dunes and blasted over the tracks were the class of the field and they will return for the start in Asuncion, Paraguay in the colours of PH Sport, which has just officially entered its first vehicle.

This team that built a solid reputation in the WRC is now turning its attention to rally-raid with some very elevated ambitions. They have chosen to take charge of these cars and develop three of the four 2008 DKR16s, while keeping the identity of the drivers, who will have the privilege of getting behind the wheel, a secret. However, the suspense should not last long, PH Sport team boss, Bernard Piallat has planned a preparation schedule for his team to rev up for the Dakar : “We are very enthusiastic about the idea of us taking on a new challenge. We are confident, because we have bought cars that are proven winners and we will have the support of Peugeot Sport to help us understand how they work. The timing is good, because this allows some time to properly organize the team and equipment. For this first year of operation, the objective is to schedule a program including the Rally of Morocco in preparation, then the Dakar in South America.” 

Edition 39 of the Dakar 
January 2nd – 14th
Paraguay - Asunción / Bolivia - La Paz / Argentina - Buenos Aires
Paraguay : 29th country visited
Buenos Aires will host the finish of the rally for the fifth time
12 stages - 9 000 km 

2017 Dakar: The calendar
15 May: Opening of registration
21-27 May: Merzouga Rally
15 July: Closing of registration bike/quad
September: Competitor seminar Europe (Paris)
1 November: Closing of registration
November: Competitor seminar South America
Mid-November: Route and field presentation (Paris)
End of November: European vehicles board for the Atlantic crossing
End of December: Vehicles arrive in Argentina
30, 31 December & 1 January: administrative and technical scrutineering in Asunción (Paraguay)
2 - 14 January: 39th Dakar Rally Asunción-La Paz-Buenos Aires 

2017 Dakar: The stages02/01: Asunción (PAR)-Resistencia (ARG) 
03/01: Resistencia-San Miguel de Tucuman (ARG)
04/01: San Miguel de Tucumán-San Salvador de Jujuy (ARG)
05/01: San Salvador de Jujuy-Tupiza (BOL)
06/01: Tupiza-Oruro (BOL)
07/01: Oruro-La Paz (BOL) 
08/01: Rest day at La Paz (BOL) 
09/01: La Paz-Uyuni (BOL)
10/01: Uyuni-Salta (ARG)
11/01: Salta-Chilecito (ARG) 
12/01: Chilecito-San Juan (ARG)
13/01: San Juan-Río Cuarto (ARG) 

14/01: Río Cuarto-Buenos Aires (ARG)