The team had a much better Stage 2, finishing in third place behind Sebastien Leob and Nasser Al-Attiyah. Carlos Sainz drove the electric Audi hard enough to finish just 5 minutes and 52 seconds behind a car that has been under development for more than a decade.
Peterhansel finished in fourth, just under eight minutes behind the leader. Ekstrom finished ninth, placing all three Audi buggies in the top ten for Stage 2.
But Stage 3 would be the moment all Audi fans have been waiting for. Carlos Sainz finished first, completing the stage in 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 51 seconds. Henk Lategan in a Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux was a mere 38 seconds behind. Peterhansel finished in second place, while Ekstrom took fifth.
There was just an eight-minute separation between the Sainz and the Orlando Terranova in tenth place.