Sébastien Loeb, the big worry

Sébastien Loeb, the big worry

To his advantage, Sunday, during the second stage of the Dakar, Sébastien Loeb slipped a tackle towards his team.

Sébastien Loeb could have a smile on Sunday at the finish of the second stage of the Dakar 2024. While he is aiming for nothing other than the final victory, the Alsatian driver completely revived after a complicated first stage, finished at 19e place. This time, the nine-time WRC world champion was only beaten by Stéphane Peterhansel and thus returned to third place in the general classification, just 4’17” behind the leader, the Spaniard Carlos Sainz.

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Sébastien Loeb nevertheless had a big scare. The fault was a stone hit head-on. “ At the last moment I saw a huge stone in full trajectory and it was too late to avoid it. The risk was to take it on the tire and puncture. Or on the triangle, which risked breaking. So I tried to take it right in the middle, on the crankcase guard,” he told in the columns of The team.

But another mechanical problem worries him while the Dakar has only just begun: the fragility of his Hunter’s rods. The former king of the WRC had the bitter experience of this during the first stage and on Sunday, it was the turn of his teammate, Nasser al-Attiyah, to have had to stop to replace one. “ This is where we feel like we are in a private team: I have been telling them for two years that this part breaks too easily, but the design office considers that it is suitable. », he did not hesitate to curse in a strong tackle aimed at Prodrive. A team that he is preparing to leave to join Dacia…

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