Sebastien Loeb reflected on his performance in stage 2 of the 2022 Dakar Rally and his battle with Nasser Al-Attiyah.

The competition in the cars category was one of the highlights on Monday. Loeb and Al-Attiyah had an intense fight for the stage 2 victory. In the end, Loeb came out on top with a gap of 3 minutes and 28 seconds to his opponent. More than that, the Frenchman brought Bahrain Raid Xtreme their first-ever Dakar stage victory.

Loeb admitted that he pushed a lot in the battle with Al-Attiyah.

“It was a real battle as Nasser was pushing very hard over the sand as he was opening the stage and really fast. We pushed hard like we were on a WRC rally for 340 km so it was exciting and really tough but we have a fantastic result at the end,” he told the media, including ASN Motorsports.

“Towards the end of the stage Nasser and I were driving together through the dunes, but then there were a lot of stones so I tried to lead so I could pick the line and try to avoid a puncture so we could finish the stage well, as yesterday I had two flats.”

Loeb stated that navigation was not a concern during the stage: “It was not such a big question of navigation today as the line was really clear to see for Fabian [Lurquin, the co-driver] and me.

“It’s a fantastic result for BRX and proof of the benefits of sustainable fuel for such long-distance events. After an enormous amount of work by so many people over so many months, we are proud to take this debut stage for the team,” he concluded.

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