Loeb had "a good feeling with the car"

Loeb had “a good feeling with the car”

If Mattias Ekström (Audi) was logically satisfied after his victory during the Dakar prologue, Sébastien Loeb (Prodrive) seemed on the same wavelength following his 3rd place.

This Friday, the 46th edition of the Dakar began with a 27-kilometer prologue around Al Ula (Saudi Arabia). The perfect opportunity to gauge the forces present and the main candidates for final victory in 2024. In the car category, this first meeting in the most famous rally-raid in the world did not count for the general classification, but the drivers still had to avoid setting the 10th time, and therefore starting in first position on Saturday.

In this little game, it was the Swede Mattias Ekström who managed to do well and scored a first great victory in this Dakar. “Me, every day I sit in this car, I want to drive fast, I don’t want to calculate. It was maximum attack. I’m going to sleep well this (Friday) evening, I gave everything! »notably launched the driver of the Audi team, after having dominated the prologue.

Loeb preferred to attack than delay

For his part, Sébastien Loeb (Prodrive) finished in 3rd position and seemed rather satisfied with his performance of the day. “The journey was not so simple! There was navigation but it was well laid out in front of us, he reacted on the L’Equipe channel. Apart from two or three hesitations, it was good. We didn’t really know whether to attack to be high in the top 10 and choose our position… or wait to stay behind. »

“I didn’t want to lose too much time so I chose the attack side to get a good time. Otherwise a good feeling with the car, no problem”added the Frenchman. “It’s a good start. I am very happy with the performance of the car and its handlingfor his part explained Nasser Al-Attiyah, his teammate. I made a small mistake at a crossroads but we finished in a good way, as I wanted before tomorrow which will be a very long day. »

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