Nine time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb took a dramatic victory in stage two of the 2017 Dakar Rally.
The Frenchman driving the works Peugeot 3008DKR lead a team 1,3 on Tuesday with Nasser Al-Attiyah in the Toyota second and Carlos Sainz just behind the former Citroen WRC driver.
Al-Attiyah who won the opening stage on Monday recovered from the fire in his car by ending stage two on Tuesday in second place. Loeb ended the day 1m 23s ahead of second placed Nasser Al-Attiyah.
The stage win was Loeb’s fifth of his Dakar Rally career and goes into day three leading the car category and speaking following the stage he said:
Sure, I like to be in this position but it’s a bit early in the rally. But it’s good to have a pace like that. Today was a stage that was really, really fast; a bit unusual. I hope tomorrow will be continue to be at the same rhythm for the fight. I think we did a good stage with no mistakes – that was the most important thing. It’s okay for tomorrow. Daniel has learned a lot during this year and we’ll have to do good work with the navigation, but I think he is able to do so.
Nasser Al-Attiyah commented on his day saying:
Yesterday was bad luck, a small piece of the engine and for the oil, but okay, the guys worked all night and fixed the car very well. Today we started as the first car and I think we did a really good job. It was very dangerous. There were lots of big holes, water in some places and a lot of animals, but okay, we need to mix everything. For me, if I open the road tomorrow it would have been okay, but our plan was to not open the road and to start second or third and that will be a good position for tomorrow. I don’t know who will be leading, but Loeb has still not finished and I don’t know where the rest of the drivers are. It’s no problem, there’s still a long way to go