Sébastien Loeb has achieved his fifteenth stage victory in the Dakar Rally and the first since running with Prodrive. The French rider has excelled between Ha’Il and Al Artawiyah in a stage in which he ended up hunting down Nasser Al-Attiyah, the driver who was physically ahead and his great rival right now in the general classification.
Loeb shortened Al-Attiyah 3:28, the only driver who precedes him in the general classification, showing the Qatari that he will still have to fight for his fourth Dakar despite the fact that Audi drivers, Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz, lost almost all their options in the carnage of the first stage.
Carlos Sainz and Nani Roma regain positions in the peloton
Loeb’s is the first stage victory of the Prodrive project in the Dakar, and the first triumph for the French driver since 2019, when he stopped racing with Peugeot. In total there are already fifteen victories for Loeb, who this year has another great opportunity to achieve his long-awaited Dakar Rally.
The only one who from a distance has managed to interfere in the battle for stage victory has been Carlos Sainz, who at times rolled threateningly for Loeb but he has finally finished third and more than five minutes. The important thing is that he regains positions in the caravan to be able to attack for stage victories in the future.
Too Stéphane Peterhansel has made a great stage after the ordeal on Monday. ‘Monsieur Dakar’ is officially eliminated from the race after arriving a quarter of an hour late at base camp. He had to repair the rear axle in the middle of the desert, but at least he will be able to continue in the race completing the experience.
Giniel de Villiers, another of the theoretical candidates for victory, has left more than eleven minutes at the finish line, showing that his aspirations to beat Al-Attiyah are probably too great, even though he is a former champion. of the Dakar. 8:41 has fallen from slab to Yazeed Al Rajhi.
Good stage also for another of the victims of Monday’s screening, Nani Roma, who has ridden the entire stage in times very similar to those of Peterhansel to leave a little more than eight minutes at the finish line. Roma were one of the most angry after yesterday’s stage, and now it is probably their turn to help Loeb in any way possible.
— Nasser S Al Attiyah (@AlAttiyahN) January 2, 2022
Due to the rains, and also to all the problems that Monday’s stage brought, finally there will be no marathon stage in this Dakar. It was scheduled for Tuesday, but the drivers and cars will be able to rest quietly in the caravan, being looked after by the teams. And it is not being a normal Dakar.
Results Stage 2 Dakar Rally 2022
General classification Dakar Rally 2022
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