In the penultimate stage, from San Juan to Rio Cuarto, Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Michel Périn (FRA) who struggled with many problems yesterday, crossed the finish line in 11th position.

“At least our day wasn’t as bad as yesterday,” Hirvonen said laughing. “We had a damaged tyre in the early stage. This section was really bumpy and featured soft sand. It was a constant up and down for the entire 120 kilometres. The second part was really nice. The first kilometres were contested on a tight and winding road and we were really fast, here. Afterwards we unfortunately closed in on several opponents and couldn’t keep on gaining time.”

Tomorrow, the field will have to contest the final stage of the 2017 Dakar. In the morning, they will have to cope with a short 64-kilometre special stage around Rio Cuarto. Later, the entire field will cover 700 kilometres to Buenos Aires where they all will be celebrated on the finish podium.

Dakar 2017 Result SS11:
1. S. Loeb (FRA) / D. Elena (MCO) – Peugeot – 3h 21m 15s
2. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) – Peugeot – 3h 21m 33s
3. O. Terranova (ARG) / A. Schulz (GER) – MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 3h 27m 52s
4. G. de Villiers (RSA) / D. von Zitzewitz (GER) – Toyota – 3h 28m 16s
5. Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA) / T. Gottschalk (GER) – MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 3h 28m 40s

11. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / M. Périn (FRA) – MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 3h 39m 46s

Dakar 2017 Overall standing after SS11:
1. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) – Peugeot – 28h 20m 16s
2. S. Loeb (FRA) / D. Elena (MCO) – Peugeot – 28h 25m 48s
3. C. Despres (FRA) / D. Castera (FRA) – Peugeot -28h 53m 10s
4. N. Roma (ESP) / A. Haro (ESP) – Toyota -29h 35m 57s
5. G. de Villiers (RSA) / D. von Zitzewitz (GER) – Toyota -30h 09m 23s
6. O. Terranova (ARG) / A. Schulz (GER) – MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 30h 11m 56s
7. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) – MINI ALL4 Racing – 32h 33m 14s

13. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / M. Périn (FRA) – MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 34h 15m 02s