The leg ended with a one-two-three finish for Peugeot, spearheaded by Sébastien Loeb who clocked his first fastest time of the rally, ahead of Carlos Sainz and Stéphane Peterhansel who continues to top the overall order.
Unsurprisingly, day’s ordeal provided BFGoodrich®’s two technicians with plenty of work at the stop control. After an initial visual inspection of the tires, their daily stage-finish routine is to measure ground and tire temperatures, and gather feedback from the drivers on their tires’ performance over the different types of terrain as a function of the chosen tire pressures.
“It’s important to speak to the drivers as they complete the stage,” says Matt Hanlon, the development engineer behind the new BFGoodrich® KDR2+. “We get to check the tires and see what they really endure on the competitive sections, rather having to extrapolate once they have covered a long road section back to the bivouac. The drivers’ impressions are still fresh in their mind and, as a result, the information they give us before they forget is invaluable…”