The destiny of the Dakar 2022 won’t be sealed till Friday when it arrives in Jeddah, however the identification of its winner is much less and fewer unsure. After lowering the hole within the normal classification to underneath half an hour by taking 4 minutes from Nasser Al-Attiyah on Thursday, within the loop round Bisha, Sébastien Loeb misplaced all of the profit attributable to a penalty inflicted by the commissioners.
Initially second within the day’s stage, the Frenchman lastly fell to eighth place after receiving a five-minute penalty. The BRX driver broke the velocity restrict in a managed space, as is the case frequently on the Dakar. Now, they’re 9 of the highest ten within the normal classification to have obtained at the very least one penalty for the reason that begin, for numerous causes.
Barring a dramatic flip of occasions, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel have what it takes to safe victory within the final stage resulting in Jeddah tomorrow, and comprising solely 164 km of particular. Sébastien Loeb, in the meantime, doesn’t harbor any regrets within the face of a state of affairs that he has recognized to be very sophisticated for a number of days already.
“We actually did a superb particular, we attacked nicely all alongside, no errors, we did what we might”, mentioned the Alsatian on the finish of the penultimate day. “We did our greatest and we’ll see. I believe we have had fun, however after that the Audis are too quick. We will not actually compete after they’re actually attacking. Aside from that, we have accomplished very well. It could rely upon the terrain, however for the previous few days the Audis have been going very quick. We’re the place we may be.”
“What I have been saying for a couple of days is that I am doing my specials, I am attacking, I am doing my greatest and the remainder, I am unable to resolve. We’re performing some nice specials, it is going nicely with Fabian [Lurquin], the automobile is nice, so we actually take pleasure in ourselves. Not unhealthy. We did not know initially of the rally the place we might actually be, and we will see that the automobile is actually within the recreation. We misplaced 37 minutes on the second day attributable to a mechanical downside. Since then, we now have aligned the specials. In comparison with how we began initially, we’re doing fairly nicely.”