Sébastien Loeb's nice shot

Sébastien Loeb’s nice shot

After losing ground on Carlos Sainz this Monday, Sébastien Loeb dominated the 9th stage of the Dakar 2024 but only took four minutes back from the Spaniard in the general classification.

Sébastien Loeb has not yet said his last word. Pushed back almost 25 minutes from Carlos Sainz this Monday, having seen the time recovered during the 7th stage of the Dakar be erased this Monday due to a navigation error, the nine-time world rally champion took up the gauntlet on the 417 kilometers of special route between Ha’il and AlUla.

From the first intermediate score, the Alsatian driver established himself at the top of the hierarchy but, over the kilometers, he never managed to clearly distance himself from his rivals, with Carlos Sainz in the lead. Without ever stopping its effort on a very diverse terrain, with dunes, sand, stones and tar on the program, the member of the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team must be content to regain four minutes on the leader of the general classification of the Dakar.

Sainz managed in the face of Loeb’s aggressiveness

The latter, for his part, was able to constantly count on Mattias Ekström, who opened the way for him. As a result, Sébastien Loeb is still a little more than 20 minutes behind the Audi driver with three stages remaining before the rally-raid concludes. The podium for this 9th stage is completed by Mathieu Serradori, who fails just 29 seconds behind Carlos Sainz.

Having been in contact with the leaders for a long time during this stage, Lucas Moraes finally lost a lot of time in the last quarter of the course. Which makes Guillaume De Mevius happy in the race for third place in the general classification. The Belgian driver took advantage of this stage to gain a little more than a minute from the Brazilian who, despite a lead of close to 28 minutes over the one ahead of him in the hierarchy, will have little or no room for error. here the arrival of the Dakar, this Friday in Yanbu.

Ranking of the 9th stage (cars) – Tuesday January 16, 2024
1- Sébastien Loeb – Fabien Lurquin (FROM-BEL/BRX Hunter) a 4h17’33”
2- Carlos Sainz – Lucas Cruz (ESP-ESP/Audi) at 4’14”
3- Mathieu Serradori – Loïc Minaudier (FRA-FRA/Century Racing) at 4’43”
4- William of Mevius – Xavier Panseri (BEL-FROM/Toyota) at 9’52”
5- Guy David Botterill – Brett Cummings (AFS-AFS/Toyota) à 10’01’’

General ranking after 10 stages (out of 13)
1- Carlos Sainz – Lucas Cruz (ESP-ESP/Audi) in 37h50’57”
2- Sébastien Loeb – Fabien Lurquin (FROM-BEL/BRX Hunter) at 20’33”
3- Lucas Moraes – Armand Monleon (BRE-ESP/Toyota) at 1h12’02”
4- William of Mevius – Xavier Panseri (BEL-FROM/Toyota) at 1:39:56
5- Giniel de Villier – Dennis Murphy (AFS-AFS/Toyota) at 2:00:12

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