Peterhansel promises to return the favor to 'Nani' Rome

French driver Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini) promised to return the favor to Spaniard Joan 'Nani' Roma, who on Friday prevented him from losing the Dakar rally by removing him from an area where


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Stephane Peterhansel, during a stage of the Dakar Rally. FRANCK FIFEAFP-PHOTO

"If I have the possibility to help him, I will do it", says the French champion, who continues with options in the race thanks to the help of the Spanish

French driver Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini) promised to return the favor to Spaniard Joan 'Nani' Roma, who on Friday prevented him from losing the Dakar rally by removing him from an area where he had run aground in the sand.

"If I see 'Nani' with the slings in my hands and I have the possibility of stopping myself, I will make it safe," Peterhansel said during a press conference held on the rest day of the Dakar, in Arequipa (Peru).

Thanks to the help of the Spanish driver, Peterhansel continues with options to dispute the Dakar to the Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah , whom he has almost 25 minutes away when they still have half the race left to play. Roma decided to help the Frenchman even though he is just ahead of him in the general classification because he said on Friday that this is the spirit of the Dakar.

Peterhansel, the most successful driver of the Dakar with 13 titles , six of them on a motorcycle and seven in the car, regretted that Rome lost more time than expected in the rescue operation of his car. "I thought it was only going to take two minutes, but the slings broke and in the end they were more than seven minutes, I deeply regretted 'Nani' and apologized," Peterhansel said.

The French driver hopes to cut the gap with the leader of the race but said he will not go crazy with it because he does not like to take many risks.

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