Carlos Sainz recorded Peugeot's sixth consecutive stage victory in Dakar 2016 on Saturday, while Sebastien Loeb retook the lead from Stephane Peterhansel.

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy, Editorial Assistant

Carlos Sainz recorded Peugeot's sixth consecutive stage victory in Dakar 2016 on Saturday, while Sebastien Loeb retook the lead from Stephane Peterhansel.

Shrugging off an array of mechanical issues that robbed him off the overall lead on Friday, Loeb immediately reclaimed the top spot and led the timesheets at every waypoint before the mid-stage non-timed zone.

However, he lost several minutes to Sainz early on into the second stint - and ended the stage 38 seconds behind the Spaniard.

But with Peterhansel also losing time in the latter section and eventually dropping narrowly behind X-Raid Mini driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, who broke up a likely Peugeot 1-2-3, Loeb was comfortably back into the lead.

Peugeot's frontrunning trio are now just five minutes apart and their stranglehold on the overall standings has grown even more comfortable - with Al-Attiyah now almost 20 minutes behind Sainz.

Meanwhile, completing the top five in the day's running order was Mikko Hirvonen (Mini), while Peugeot's fourth driver Cyril Despres finished sixth, one second up on Toyota's team leader Giniel de Villiers.

Yazeed Al-Rajhi (Toyota), Leeroy Poulter (Toyota) and Nani Roma (Mini) completed the top 10.

The stage also saw the tragic loss of a Bolivian spectator, who perished after being hit by the #409 Mitsubishi Lancer.

Standings after Stage 7:

Pos.No.Driver

Car

Time/Gap
1 314

 Sebastien Loeb

 Daniel Elena

Peugeot

21h46m28s
2 302

 Stephane Peterhansel
 Jean-Paul Cottret

Peugeot

2m22s
3 303

 Carlos Sainz

 Lucas Cruz

Peugeot

4m50s
4 300

 Nasser Al-Attiyah

 Matthieu Baumel

Mini

17m36s
5 315

 Mikko Hirvonen

 Michel Perin

Mini

32m53s
6 301

 Giniel de Villiers

 Dirk von Zitzewitz

Toyota

33m41s
7 319

 Leeroy Poulter

 Robert Howie

Toyota

40m19s
8 305

 Yazeed Al-Rajhi

 Timo Gottschalk

Toyota

42m51s
9 307

 Vladimir Vasilyev

 Konstantin Zhiltsov

Toyota

53m46s
10 317

 Emiliano Spataro

 Benjamin Lozada

Renault

1h15m45s

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Dakar Cars, Stage 7: Sainz sets pace, Loeb reclaims lead