Loeb raises his voice, his second stage ahead of Al Attiyah. Audi in the wake

The nine-time world rally champion conquers the 15th stage since his debut with David Richards’ Bahrain Raid Xtreme Hunter. According to the winner of the first round yesterday, Nasser Al Attiyah, ahead of the Audi of Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel, back in the race after the accident of the first stage

From our correspondent Paolo Ianieri

In the sixth presence Sebastien Loeb no longer wants to waste time, but to give everything to finally try to conquer the Dakar that so far has always turned his face away, with a 2nd (2017) and a 3rd (2019) place as the best results. And after yesterday closing the first stage behind the Toyota of Nasser Al Attiyah, perhaps the real big favorite of this Dakar, today the nine-time world rally champion, competing with David Richards’ Bahrain Raid Xtreme Hunter, has placed a first shot, the 15th special won since his debut in 2016.

Audi in the wake

The Frenchman gave back to Al Attiyah, who this time finished behind him with a 3’28 “lead. Third, confirming the good things we did yesterday, before getting lost a few kilometers from the end and paying for two hours, here is Carlos Sainz with the best of Audi at 5’52 “, two minutes faster than his teammate Stephane Peterhansel, who yesterday had broken an arm of the rear suspension after landing from a jump a stone got stuck between frame and wheel and arrived in the bivouac in the night (with a delay of 23h30 ‘as a result of not having finished the stage and having arrived Out of time). For him, admitted to the race by the new regulation, now it will be a question of racing only for the glory of the day and to continue the development of the electric Audi.

Head to head

In fifth place, the other Hunter of Nani Roma, ahead of the Toyota of Yassed Al Rajhi, Henk Lategan and Giniel De Villiers, with Mattias Ekstroem 9th to complete the Audi trio. Excellent 29th place for former MotoGP rider Carlos Checa, with the Optimus MD prototype. In general he always commands Al Attiyah, with 9’16 over Loeb and 40’53 ”over the Argentine Lucio Alvarez (Toyota). Except for twists, always at home in the Dakar, let’s get ready for a fight between the Prince of Qatar and the best ever in rallying.

Car rankings

These are the stage and general classifications of the Dakar after the second stage from Haïl to Al Artawiyah of 568 km of which 338 km of special stage.

1. Sébastien Loeb / Fabian Lurquin (FRA / BEL / Prodrive) 3h25’00 ”
2. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel (QAT/AND/Toyota) a 3’28”
3. Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (SPA/SPA/Audi) a 5’52”
4. Stéphane Peterhansel / Edouard Boulanger (FRA / FRA / Audi) in 7’56 ”
5. Nani Roma/Alex Haro Bravo (SPA/SPA/Prodrive) a 8’02”
6. Yazeed Al Rajhi / Michael Orr (ARA / GB / Toyota) at 8’41 ”
7. Henk Lategan / Brett Cummings (ARA / ARA / Toyota) a 9’44 ”
8. Giniel De Villiers/Dennis Murphy (SAF/SAF/Toyota) a 11’17”
9. Mattias Ekstrom / Emil Bergkvist (ALL / ALL / Audi) at 13’30 ”
10. Bernhard Ten Brinke / Sebastien Delaunay (OLA / FRA / Toyota) a 15’36 ”

General car ranking:

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel (QAT/AND/Toyota) 6h59’21”
2. Sébastien Loeb / Fabian Lurquin (FRA / BEL / Prodrive) at 9’16 ”
3. Lucio Alvarez/Armand Monleon (ARG/SPA/Toyota) a 40’53”
4. Giniel De Villiers/Dennis Murphy (SAF/SAF/Toyota) a 41’22”
5. Vladimir Vasilyev / Oleg Uperenko (RUS / LAT / Bmw) a 43’39 “.

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Loeb raises his voice, his second stage ahead of Al Attiyah. Audi in the wake