Fifth in the prologue on New Year’s Day in Jeddah, second Sunday in Hail and winner this Monday in Al Artawiyah at the end of a 338 km special where he had to cross the first dunes: Sébastien Loeb is currently following a curve straight progress for his sixth Dakar, the second behind the wheel of the 4×4 BRX Hunter of the English structure Prodrive.
As well as Saby and Schlesser
This stage victory, its fifteenth – that is to say as much as Bruno Saby and Jean-Louis Schlesser – since his debut in the discipline with Peugeot in 2016, underscores the progress made in one year by the team on the car and especially the budding agreement between the pilot and his new teammate, the Belgian Fabian Lurquin.
Leading at all the intermediate points, the duettists methodically increased their lead until they passed on the last part of the special Nasser al-Attiyah (Toyota), the winner of the prologue and stage 1. They won with three and a half minutes ahead of the Toyota.
Loeb: A special like in the WRC where we were at full capacity
“We attacked hard, the trace was visible and good and at the end, it became a special like in the WRC where we were at full capacity. We managed to grab some time on Nasser, that’s good! “
Overall, Loeb is less than ten minutes (9’16) from the Qatari. A beautiful day, an excellent operation.