Loeb between pride and frustration

Loeb between pride and frustration

Weighed down by a complicated start to the event, Sébastien Loeb was able to hold on until the end of the Dakar, where he took second place this Sunday. The Alsatian, still looking for a first success on the legendary rally-raid, intends to come back and achieve it.

Sébastien Loeb will still have to try his luck. For his seventh participation in the Dakar, the nine-time world rally champion saw victory escape him once again. However, at the end of two weeks of competition which saw him win no less than six special stages, the Alsatian had to settle for second place, something he had already experienced in 2017 and then in 2022.

Relegated more than an hour and a half behind Nasser Al-Attiyah after two days of racing, the driver of the Bahrain Raid final victory. “ Anyway, after the start of the rally we had, we couldn’t hope for much better than thathe told the press. Regularly, Nasser was unplayable, he made no mistakes. We have to be content with what we have, we had a great comeback, a great second part of the rally. We are making up for the damage at the start of the race. »

Loeb: “I will come back even stronger”

But, if he once again saw victory slip away from him, Sébastien Loeb does not want to see it as inevitable, quite the contrary. “ This is a third second place in this event and certainly the most beautiful with these seven special stage victories and this record of six in a row taken from the legend Ari Vatanen, he added. Now, I’ve never been in the habit of settling for a silver medal, so I’ll come back even stronger. »

Looking back on this fortnight in the Saudi Arabian desert, the man who left his mark on the WRC praised the performance of his teammate Fabian Lurquin and the quality of his equipment. “ Finding ourselves almost two hours into the third stage, it was difficult to imagine such a result. But we gave everything over the remaining 3,500 km without ever letting up our efforts, assured Sébastien Loeb. Fabian did an incredible job in navigation, the BRX team gave us a high-performance car and behind the wheel, I attacked like in the WRC. » Small consolation, the Alsatian took the lead in the world championship, in particular thanks to his stage successes.

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