Peterhansel husband and wife pairing race to victory in desert rally

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Published on April 5, 2019 - Duration: 01:57s

Peterhansel husband and wife pairing race to victory in desert rally

Husband and wife team of Stephane and Andrea Peterhansel win the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

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Peterhansel husband and wife pairing race to victory in desert rally

SHOWS: YAS MARINA CIRCUIT, ABU DHABI, UAE (APRIL 4, 2019) (SUNSET & VINE - NO RESALES) 1.

X-RAID MINI TEAM, STEPHANE PETERHANSEL AND ANDREA PETERHANSEL (308), START RACE 2.

X-RAID MINI DRIVEN BY PETERHANSEL TEAM DURING RACE 3.

PEUGEOT DRIVEN BY ABU DHABI RACING TEAM, XAVIER PANSERI AND KHALID AL QASSIMI (306), DRIVES OVER SAND DUNES DURING RACE 4.

X-RAID MINI DRIVEN BY PETERHANSEL TEAM NAVIGATES DUNES 5.

FORD RAPTOR RS DRIVEN BY MP-SPORTS TEAM, VIKTOR CHYTKA AND MARTIN PROKOP (309) 6.

VARIOUS AERIAL VIEWS OF X-RAID MINI DRIVEN BY PETERHANSEL TEAM 7.

PETERHANSEL TEAM FINISH RACE AS WINNERS 8.

STEPHANE PETERHANSEL AND ANDREA PETERHANSEL CELEBRATE AT THE END OF RACE 9.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DRIVER, STEPHANE PETERHANSEL, SAYING: "Yeah, for sure, it's much better than we expect.

At the beginning the challenge was just to try to do it and now we won the first race that we did together in a real racing car, we won.

So, it's really amazing.

A great feeling, good feeling, and I can imagine for you also." CO-DRIVER, ANDREA PETERHANSEL, SAYING: "For sure, it's much more than we expected when we came to make it, we are leading since four days?" STEPHANE PETERHANSEL: "Second days." ANDREA PETERHANSEL: "Yeah, from the second day onwards is really unexpected.

But, for sure, Stephane is really a nice driver.

I knew it before but now I'm 100 percent sure." 10.

SUNRISE OVER DESERT MOTO COMPETITION 11.

KTM DRIVER, SAM SUNDERLAND (6), DRIVING OVER DUNES 12.

SUNDERLAND FINISHES RACE IN FIRST PLACE 13.

SUNDERLAND CELEBRATES WINNING RACE STORY: The husband and wife pairing of Stephane Peterhansel and Andrea Peterhansel raced to victory at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge rally on Thursday (April 4).

Stephane, the most decorated driver in Dakar Rally history, and co-driver Andrea proved themselves an effective race pairing as they blew away the opposition over the five-day competition for the X-Raid Mini team.

The pair went into the overall lead on the second day of the competition and held on right until the last.

There was pressure on the Peterhansels as they went into the final day on Thursday (April 4), with competitors including Jakub Przygonski and Cyril Despres tearing into their 18-minute lead as they flew through the stage.

But the Peterhansels were somewhat risk-averse during the final stage five, navigating the desert dunes at a steady pace, and raced to overall victory, eight minutes and 48 seconds ahead of second placed Khalid Al Qassimi and his co-driver Xavier Panseri.

The delighted winning pair, who won in a time of 18 hours, 03 minutes, 45 seconds, described their win as 'a great feeling' having first entered to see if they could compete as a team.

(Production: Francis Maguire)

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