Carlos Sainz claimed his first stage win of the 2016 edition of the Dakar Rally, winning Stage 7 of the event with a timing of 3hr 19min 03sec. Finishing second, behind Sainz, was Dakar debutant, Sebastien Loeb. Nasser Al-Attiyah finished the Stage third, which meant Stephane Peterhansel had to settle for fourth place.
The second place on Stage 7 was enough to secure Loeb the lead in the overall standings once again, with team-mate Peterhansel second, two minutes adrift of Loeb. Carlos Sainz is third overall, which means Peugeot locks out the front row.