On the second special stage of the rally, Sebastien Loeb expected victory and advantage over Nasser al-Attiyah was enough to get the leaders of the race, reports Motorsport.
The first stages of the Dakar-2017 was very very good ralista in the history of Sebastian Loeb. The French pilot, as in the past year, started the race well, as long as the focus is on speed and error-free drive on the roads in the valleys of Argentina.
In the second stage pilots on the way to San Miguel de Tucuman it was necessary to drive the winding 275-kilometre special stage. The most enduring was Loeb, who from the first kilometers took the lead and gradually increased its advantage over competitors.
His most important opponent was Nasser al-Attiyah. The Qatari after yesterday’s adventure it was necessary not only to maintain a high speed but also care about the technique that worked best on the first stage. In the end, al attii managed to do very well — he lost to the Frenchman in less than fifteen minutes. However, at the end of SS2 is the Loeb leads the overall standings.
Not surprisingly, the third on the second stage was another rally driver is Carlos Sainz, which provided for Peugeot double in the Top 3. But if we talk about the Top 5, here largest advantage Toyota: fourth on SS2 was Giniel de Villiers, and the fifth — Joan Nani Roma.
While the Mini pilots can’t intervene in the fight for first place. Today, the best of them was the Yazeed al-Rajhi, who finished sixth, losing five minutes, the Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen , was only eighth. The Finnish pilot is also expected were to perform well on a rally special stage, but failed — he lost 8 min 24 sec Shared these pilots stéphane Peterhansel (Peugeot), the reigning champion of the Dakar, who lost nearly seven minutes to the leader.
Earlier it was reported that in the capital of Paraguay, Asuncion started one of the most prestigious rally in the world of auto and motor sport «Dakar 2017». The first winner was the French rider Xavier de Soltre.
This year the race will be held on the territory of Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. Just to start out the 316 vehicles from 59 countries.
French driver Sebastien Loeb leads the rally «Dakar» 04.01.2017