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Sébastien Loeb wins the second race, the South African takes the lead in Dakar 2019

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Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot 3008 DKR) has the second klassementsrit in the 41st Dakar won. The 44-year-old Frenchman was on the end of Nani Roma (MINI John Cooper Works) slightly varies. For the 342 km from Pisco to San Juan de Marcona had the ninefold world champion rally eight seconds less than the Spaniard. The Dutchman Bernhard ten Brinke (Toyota Overdrive Racing) finished third at 1’20”.

The 46-year-old South-African Giniel de Villiers (Toyota Overdrive Racing) finished fourth and took the lead over his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah, who is eleven, and more than seven minutes had to concede. In the mode of The Villiers 28 seconds for Ten Brinke, also a team-mate. Roma is at 42 seconds third, Loeb at 1’56” to the fifth. Al-Attiyah dropped to the eighth place.

In contrast to other rides, went Tuesday to the cars first start up. Al-Attiyah drew first into the dunes and that was not to his liking as well. The Qatarees came as thirteenth to the first waypoint and looked in there already at a disadvantage of 1’41”. Also, the Pole Jakub Przygonski and his co-driver Tom Colsoul (MINI John Cooper Works) had a difficult start. In the beginning of the ride, they had several times to stop, which resulted in a 33rd time and 5’33” loss of time to the waypoint 1. Two flat tyres, after 35 and 48 km away, were the cause. The Polish-Belgian duo eventually became the thirteenth in the ride, 11’01”, and slumped in the position to twelfth place, 8’50”.

Carlos Sainz (MINI John Cooper Buggy) shared also in the fold. The Spaniard had as a second job. At the first waypoint , there was no problem, but the second struck the winner of last year until the nineteenth. The dunes were mercilessly for the early starters. Experience apparently was not of tel. “Monsieur Dakar” Stephane Peterhansel (MINI John Cooper Buggy) reed is stuck in the dunes. The 53-year-old Frenchman, thirteen times winner, had the assistance of his country – and team-mate Cyril Despres need to loosen up and lost more than a quarter of an hour. In the position he is thirteen, at 13’55”.

The later starters took advantage of the mistakes of the leaders. De Villiers took very little direction, but soon it became clear that there is no measure was Loeb. Halfway through the ride, he took the lead, to which not more out of hands. All he gave at the end of the ride a fierce battle with Roma.

Wednesday brings the third stage, the caravan of San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa. It is a difficult stage of 799 km, of which 331 against the clock. (belga)

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