Lima - French rally legend Sebastien Loeb powered to a fourth stage win in the Peruvian dunes in his Peugeot on Tuesday's Stage 8, while Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar came a step closer to overall victory by coming second.
Despite a flat tyre at top speed in the opening kilometres, Loeb clinched the San Juan de Marco to Pisco stage with a margin of 7m27s on Al-Attiyah, with Pole Jakub Przygonski third at 15m15s.
In the overall ranking Al-Attiyah now stands 46 minutes ahead of second-placed Nani Roma of Spain with two stages to go.
“We are really happy with our performance today,” said Al Attiyah after bringing the Hilux home to the bivouac. “It was tough out there, but the car was absolutely perfect, and we didn’t make any serious mistakes. The team did an amazing job to prepare the car for us, and we hope to repay them by bringing home the big trophy.”
His team-mate, South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers finished the stage in a solid fourth place, and continues to play a support role to Al Attiyah. He currently lies 10th overall, just over seven hours behind the leader.