Record for Sébastien Loeb at the Dakar, with a sixth stage victory in a row

It probably won’t lessen his disappointment if he again misses out on victory in the Dakar on Sunday, but Sébastien Loeb has just made Dakar history by taking a sixth straight stage win, his seventh since the start of this 2023 edition on 1 .January. A feat that had never been achieved at the event, launched in 1979.

Once again perfectly guided by his Belgian co-driver Fabian Lurquin, Alsace completed the 154 kilometers on this 13th and penultimate stage in 2h26’17”. At the wheel of his BRX from Prodrive, Alsace Al-Attiyah-Baumel beat the duo with 5’28”.

Al-Attiyah takes no risks

Far ahead, the Toyota team is no longer taking the slightest risk since the problems encountered by their rivals in the first third of the race. With 1h21’42” ahead of Loeb, only a major mechanical problem could deprive the Qatari driver of a fifth success at the Dakar on Sunday.

Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom, the only Audi driver still in the race after the retirements of Peterhansel and Sainz, completed the stage podium. Overall, the surprising Brazilian Lucas Moraes takes this third place, while two other Frenchmen are in the Top 10: Mathieu Serradori (6th) and Guerlain Chicherit (7th).

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