Loeb Completes Hat-Trick of Dakar Stage Wins for BRX
Wednesday, January 11, 2023/ Editor -Share
French star shines again for Bahrain Raid Xtreme while Al Attiyah retains overall lead as rally enters Empty Quarter in Saudi
11, January 2023: Sebastien Loeb completed a superb hat-trick of stage wins for Bahrain Raid Xtreme today as the Dakar Rally ventured into the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia for the first time.
Loeb and Fabian Lurquin took their BRX Prodrive Hunter to a third successive victory on the 114km tenth stage from Haradh to Shaybah, with a margin of 3 mins 4 secs from the Audi of Mattias Ekstrom and Emil Bergkvist.
Loeb’s 20th Dakar stage success was his fourth so far in this year’s event and the fifth for BRX, coming just 24 hours after an impressive 1-2-3 finish by the Prodrive Hunters.
The result strengthened his grip on third place overall, as Nasser Al Attiyah clocked the fourth fastest time on the day to finish it holding an outright lead of 1 hr 21 mins 34 secs in his Toyota over Brazil’s Lucas Moraes.
With a gap of less than 16 minutes to the Toyota of Moraes, Loeb will certainly have his sights on securing a second successive runner up spot in the Dakar over the four remaining stages.
While Al Attiyah is untouchable barring a major disaster, nine-time World Rally Champion Loeb will be looking to build on the current lead he holds in the 2023 World Rally-Raid Championship with more wins and maximum stage points before Saturday’s finish in Dammam.
Guerlain Chicherit and Alex Winocq clocked the tenth fastest time today in their Prodrive Hunter, while Vaidota Zala and Paulo Fiuza were frustrated in their bid for back-to-back second places in the third Hunter.
After finishing less than a minute behind Loeb with a splendid drive yesterday, Zala was holding second spot more than a third of the way into today’s stage before being halted by mechanical problems, which dropped him down the rankings.
The Dakar organisers kept the stage short, as it was an appetiser for the two-day Shaybah Empty Quarter Marathon Stage, where there will be a big emphasis on saving the cars.
With a 274km to come tomorrow followed by 185km on Friday, assistance trucks and mechanics are barred from the bivouac in between.
Home >> Entertainment Section
Khalaf Al Habtoor Launches a Charity Campaign for Ramadan
TBHF Calls on Supporting Refugees and Vulnerable People in Ramadan through ‘Enl ...
A Game of Small Acts that Gives Back: McDonald's UAE Announces its Annual Ramada ...
Ableinitiative by Aryaman Arora
FOCP Announces 5-year Roadmap with a Focus on Global Partnerships and Outreach
House of Wisdom's Popular Ramadaniyat Outdoor Bazaar is back for UAE Families to ...
Treat You Skin This Ramadan with My Olivanna
Watches & Wonders 2023: Jaeger-Lecoultre Presents the Golden Ratio
Géant Reiterates Commitment to Being the UAE Community's Choice with Exciting Ne ...
Sheikh Saeed and Moradi Reach Quarter-Finals of Padel Competition at NAS Sports ...
Joyalukkas Anniversary Raffle Draw: Winners Take Home Gold
Don't Miss the Ramadan Specials at Zaatar w Zeit!
Make the most of the Outdoors this Ramadan in Dubai
Dubai Customs Director General Prioritizes Passenger Flow during Visit to Dubai ...
Jaguar TCS Racing Samba to Victory and a Podium Clean Sweep for Jaguar in SÃ ...
Statement by His Excellency Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipal ...
Parmigiani Fleurier 2023 Timepieces – Watches & Wonders
Consistency is Key to Restorative Sleep during Ramadan, Advises Cleveland Clinic ...
RADIOMIR - The Making Of A Legend
UAE Food Bank and Dubai Cares to benefit from Choithrams “Double Blessings” Camp ...