Six wins for 'Mister' Dakar
Born August 6, 1965, in France. Seen by many as 'Mister' Dakar, St鰨ane Peterhansel stands out as the event's most successful biker with a score of six wins to his name from eight starts between 1991 and 1998. In 1999, he switched to four wheels
and joined the Mitsubishi squad in the summer of 2002 before claiming his first win in the car category with the Pajero/Montero Evolution two years later. He is one of only two people to have won both the bike and car categories, the other being Hubert Auriol who was the first person to achieve that feat. The following year saw Peterhansel take his second win in a row and, after finishing 4th in 2006, the Frenchman took his third outright win in 2007. His co-driver is Jean-Paul Cottret (France), his long-serving right-hand man.
"The revised technical regulations will handicap the Pajero/Montero Evolution. We focused our efforts on further developing the car and the result of that work is improved handling and comfort. My win in the United Arab Emirates was a big boost to the team since the Desert Challenge is seen a full-scale dress rehearsal for the Dakar.
It won't be easy to extend the team's run of consecutive wins but I will be co-driven by Jean-Paul Cottret, with whom I won in 2007, I will be driving a car that has a proven track record and will be competing with a highly experienced team. That combination could well give me an advantage and, along with our team-mates, we intend to give it our very best shot."