The 2017 Dakar Rally saw Peugeot Sport and BFGoodrich monopolize the podium at the two-week event’s finish in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday, January 14.
It was the ideal result, the brand’s 13th overall victory at Dakar, to mark the off-road tire brand’s return to the world’s most famous cross-country rally after a four-year absence.
Like the rest of the field, the winners Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret had to contend with a grueling cocktail of complex navigation, tough off-road driving and appalling weather. However, the conditions only served to reveal the reliability and performance of their BFGoodrich tires which provided competitors with a dependable ally throughout the highly varied, 8,786km run through Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia. The highly-varied challenge also included big temperature fluctuations, sharp stones and rocks, and low-grip soft ground that pushed both the crews and their tires to the limit.
Multiple Dakar winner Marc Coma, today the rally’s Sporting Director, announced before the start that navigation promised to be a decisive factor on this year’s event. Co-drivers were effectively kept on their toes continuously by the lack of visual landmarks, the frequent off-road sections and a new, harder type of Way Point that was used for the first time this year.