After a rest day in La Paz on Sunday, and bad weather cutting
short Saturday's sixth stage, the rally again made adjustments
for the challenging conditions with a revamped route to the
Uyuni salt flats.
The day's action was comprised of a reduced 161km special stage
and link sections of 400km and 240km respectively either side of
Peterhansel's second win of the event gained him 48 seconds and
left him with a lead of one minute 57 seconds over second-placed
Loeb, with Toyota's Spanish driver Nani Roma third, 11 minutes
off the pace.
"The lead is better than nothing," said Peterhansel of the slim
"The overall classification is still very close, but it's a
really interesting race for everybody. We're still in the fight
and that's the most important thing."
The motorcycle category saw Britain's Sam Sunderland increase
his lead after finishing third. Chile's Pablo Quintanilla is
second overall and 17 minutes behind.
The rally, which finishes in Buenos Aires on Saturday, re-enters
Argentina on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Neil Robinson)
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