Peugeot rules out imposing Dakar team orders

Peugeot Sport boss Bruno Famin has insisted his team is not considering team orders for the second week of the 2017 Dakar Rally.

At the halfway point of the event, the French manufacturer is in a strong position to win its second consecutive Dakar, with its three remaining factory crews occupying the top three positions.

The Peugeot trio of Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb and Cyril Despres are closely-matched in the standings and have a solid gap over all of their rivals bar Toyota’s Nani Roma, who is only five minutes adrift of the lead.

Asked by whether team orders were on the table for Peugeot to ensure victory, Famin said: “No, it’s just impossible to consider team orders at this point.

“The second week is going to be much more difficult, for sure, with much more difference in the time.

“And when you have Nani Roma only five minutes behind, and even [Mikko] Hirvonen with 42 minutes, and even Giniel de Villiers with one hour…

“For the second week, what we are going to do is… just nothing.

“The only thing we have to do is be focused on our drivers and co-drivers, focused on the stages day after day, and to do our best day after day. There is no other order than that.”