Peugeot driver Sebastien Loeb took his second stage victory in a row, having gone quickest in Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday.

By: Pablo Elizalde, News Editor

Peugeot driver Sebastien Loeb took his second stage victory in a row, having gone quickest in Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday.

The nine-time WRC champion had taken the lead of the event on Monday, when he won the first ever full Dakar stage he had competed in.

On Tuesday, once again the stage had to be altered due to the poor weather conditions, and the original 664km route was shortened to 626km of running, with a 190-km special from Termas de Rio Hondo to Jujuy, still in Argentina.

Loeb set the pace from the start, reaching the first control point of the day 42 seconds quicker than teammate Carlos Sainz as the Peugeot's dominated the proceedings early on.

By the second control point, Loeb's closest follower was Al-Attiyah, 27 seconds slower than the Frenchman, as Sainz found himself unable to overtake the car in front.

Loeb went on to win with a time of 2h09m39s, 1m23s quicker than Sainz, to extend his lead in the standings to 5m03s over Toyota's Giniel de Villiers, fourth today behind Nasser Al-Attiyah in the fastest of the Minis.

Al-Attiyah was just two seconds slower than Sainz, who is 10th in the standings after yesterday's problems.

Former WRC driver Mikko Hirvonen put on another strong performance to complete the top five in the second X-raid Mini, 2m49s behind Loeb.

Stephane Peterhansel drove the third Peugeot to sixth position, while Cyril Despres finished down in 10th in the fourth 2008 DKR.

The two Frenchmen were split by the three Toyotas of Leeroy Poulter, Bernhard ten Brinke and Yazeed Al-Rajhi.

Standings after Stage 3:

Pos.No.Driver

Car

Time/Gap
1 314

 Sebastien Loeb

 Daniel Elena

Peugeot

6h01m42s
2 301

 Giniel de Villiers

 Dirk von Zitzewitz

Toyota

5m03s
3 302

 Stephane Peterhansel
 Jean-Paul Cottret

Peugeot

5m15s
4 315

 Mikko Hirvonen

 Michel Perin

Mini

5m52s
5 300

 Nasser Al-Attiyah

 Matthieu Baumel

Mini

6m39s
6 319

 Leeroy Poulter

 Robert Howie

Toyota

6m43s
7 311

 Bernhard ten Brinke

 Tom Colsoul

Toyota

8m42s
8 307

 Vladimir Vasilyev

 Konstantin Zhiltsov

Toyota

8m55s
9 321

 Cyril Despres

 David Castera

Peugeot

10m47s
10 303

 Carlos Sainz

 Lucas Cruz

Peugeot

12m20s

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