Organizators of Dakar Rally had to cancelled SS9 due to the weather conditions: “The situation is complicated on the bivouac and along the route of the special, there is a risk of flooding and thunderstorm”.
But on SS8 won Stephane Peterhansel after his nightmare on SS7. He won almost one minute ahead Despres (Peugeot) and more than two minutes ahead Al-Attiyah (Toyota). Peterhansel is still on P3, seven minutes behind Al-Attiyah. Sainz is still on high and safe lead.
SS8 was the longest stage of the rally with 498 km of racing with located on 3,500 metres above sea level.