Edouard Boulanger and Stéphane Peterhansel.

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Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger

Mister Dakar, Stéphane Peterhansel, is a living legend in his sport, having won the Dakar Rally 14 times. Edouard Boulanger, former off-road motorcyclist and trained engineer, sits alongside Peterhansel. The French duo won the Dakar Rally at their first attempt as a driver crew in 2021.

Stéphane Peterhansel and an Audi e-tron.

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Stéphane Peterhansel.

Mister Dakar

Stéphane Peterhansel has won the Dakar Rally a total of 14 times. The Frenchman has won six times in the saddle of a motorcycle and eight times at the wheel of a car. And he continues to burn with passion for the cross-country classic.

Challenges have been the linchpin for Stéphane Peterhansel since he was a child. At the age of eight, his father, a motocross racer, gave him his first motorcycle. At the age of 18, the top talent competes in his first championship with an enduro machine and becomes the champion straight away. In 1988, when Peterhansel was 22, he made his Dakar debut as a factory driver. Although 18th place is not at all to his standard, he now knows for certain: “This is my race. And now I want to win it!”

He managed that a total of 14 times between 1991 and 2021. Since then, many things have changed at the Dakar Rally. After its beginnings in Europe and Africa in 1979, it was staged in South America from 2009 until 2019 and has had its third stage in Saudi Arabia since 2020. Even for record winner Peterhansel, time has never stood still. Since 1999, after his sixth Dakar victory on a motorcycle, he has been taking part in the mother of all cross-country rallies in cars. His Dakar record so far includes eight victories on four wheels.

Biography

Date of birth: August 6, 1965
Place of birth: Échenoz-la-Méline (F)
Place of residence: Aminona (CH)
Marital status: married to Andrea, one son (Nicolas) and one daughter (Melanie)
Height/weight: 1.77 m/68 kg
Motorsport since: 1988 (Audi driver since 2021)

Career as a driver:
1983–1987 Motocross
1988 18th place Dakar Rally (motorcycle)
1989 4th place Dakar Rally (motorcycle)
1990 Dakar Rally (motorcycle)
1991 1st place Dakar Rally (motorcycle)
1992 1st place Dakar Rally (motorcycle)
1993 1st place Dakar Rally (motorcycle)
1995 1st place Dakar Rally (motorcycle)
1996 Dakar Rally (motorcycle)

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1997 1st place Dakar Rally (motorcycle), 1st Enduro World Championship
1998 1st place Dakar Rally (motorcycle)
1999 7th place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2000 2nd place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2001 12th place Dakar Rally, 1st Enduro World Championship
2002 Dakar Rally (Automobile)
2003 3rd place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2004 1st place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2005 1st place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2006 4th place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2007 1st place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2009 Dakar Rally (Automobile)
2010 4th place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2011 4th place Dakar Rally (automobile), 1st Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
2012 1st place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2013 1st place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2014 2nd place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2015 11th place Dakar Rally (automobile), 1st Gran China Rally
2016 1st place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2017 1st place Dakar Rally (automobile)
2018 4th place Dakar Rally (automobile), 2nd place Baja Portalegre 500
2019 Dakar Rally (Automobile), 1st place FIA World Cup Cross Country Rallies
2020 3rd place Dakar Rally (automobile), 1st place Baja Hail 1 and 2, 4th place Rally Andalusia
2021 1st place Dakar Rally (automobile), Audi Dakar Project

Edouard Boulanger.

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Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger.

The lightning starter

It wasn’t until 2020 that off-road motorcyclist Edouard Boulanger became a co-pilot. The Frenchman took over this role alongside Stéphane Peterhansel from his wife Andrea. The new driver pairing won the 2021 Dakar Rally on their first attempt.

On a motorcycle, he was drawn out onto the world’s great cross-country rally circuits. “But I never had the talent and skills that Stéphane has,” admits Edouard Boulanger frankly. Nevertheless, the two got along particularly well when they were still competitors on two wheels. Like Peterhansel, Boulanger is fascinated not only by driving and technology, but also by what nature has to offer along the marathon routes. “No matter where the Dakar Rally takes place, it takes you to fascinating places that you don’t get to see with your own eyes as a tourist and usually not as a local either.”

Edouard Boulanger earned a good reputation in the marathon industry, particularly as a coach for young motorcycle riders in the service of a factory team. “I taught them how to use a wide variety of navigation systems, but also how to use a roadbook correctly and effectively.”

Biography

Date of birth: May 4, 1979
Place of birth: Nancy (F)
Place of residence: Jongny (CH)
Marital status: married to Constanza, two daughters (Aude and Claire)
Height/weight: 1.77 m/68 kg
Motorsport since: 1997 (Audi co-driver since 2021)

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Career as a driver:
1998–2010 Enduro
2005 9th place Rally Morocco, 13th place Pharaohs Rally (motorcycle)
2009 Final Erzberg Rodeo
2011 1st place Dakar Challenge (motorcycle), 5th place Pharaoh Rally (motorcycle)
2012 Dakar Rally (motorcycle)

Career as a co-driver:
2014 Baja Spain (driver Peter Jerie), Baja Poland (driver Taddy Blasuziak), Morocco Rally (driver Peter Jerie)
2015 Dakar Rally (driver Geof Ohlom), Baja Spain (driver Khalid Al Qassimi)
2020 1st place Baja Poland, 3rd place Baja Hail 1 and 2, 4th place Rally Andalusia (driver in each case Stéphane Peterhansel)
2021 1st place Dakar Rally (driver Stéphane Peterhansel), Audi Dakar Project

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Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger.
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