At the end of yesterday’s stage, Loeb was asked about the option he has this Saturday to break the 5 consecutive victories of ari vatanen. “I don’t care,” he said. He did it hotly, still angry about what happened in the first days of Dakar, a race that choked him in terms of fighting for the general. A day later, the The 9-time Reallies World Cup champion took his seventh Dakar win by winning stage 13which caused him to achieve a full record in the history of the world’s hardest quote: added his sixth consecutive stage victory in this Dakar 2023, after winning everything since the last stage 8.
In this way, Loeb snatched a historic record from the driver with the most Dakar stage wins (50), a Finn Vatanen leading a streak of 5 wins from stage 10 to 14 of Dakar 1989from the region of Tahoua (Niger) until arriving in Bamako (Mali), at the wheel of his iconic Peugeot 405 Turbo 16.
Of course, it is true that there is much appreciation to be done with this record. Sébastien Loeb began to string together stage victories in Nasser Al-Attiyah He decided to roll down the window and drive with his arm out, without jeopardizing his advantage of more than an hour over the general to secure his fifth Dakar title. In addition, he also took advantage of the loss of two of the ever-present, the Audi from Carlos Sainz Y Stephane Peterhansel. So, Loeb almost had a free hand towards those special victories, which was not a joy for a ‘Seb’ who was still angry at not being able to fight for the final victory.
The French driver suffered three punctures on day two that caused him to lose an hour and a half, and the next day, a rollover that cost him another 10 minutes. He said goodbye like this in the first change in the Rally. He finally managed to move up to second position based on swelling stage wins. But it’s too late. His rival, Nasser, completely managed his margin in the general classification, which could also do so without suffering from too ‘light’ a step for a ‘Empty Quarter’ expectations are more difficult.
Al Attiyah was 2nd at 5’28” from Loeb Y Matthias Ekstrom, the only Audi left in the running, was 3rd in 6’31”. Nasser Al-Attiyah leads the 2023 Dakar with just one stage remaining at 1 hour and 21 minutes over Loeb, extending his gap to third place, Lucas Moraesup to 14 minutes.
Source: La Verdad