Loeb thinks “there’s nothing to be ashamed of” his Dakar result

211 Loeb Sébastien (fra), Lurquin Fabian (bel), Bahrain Raid Xtreme, BRX Prodrive Hunter T1+, Auto FIA T1/T2, W2RC, action during the Stage 11 of the Dakar Rally 2022 around Bisha, on January 13th 2022 in Bisha, Saudi Arabia – Photo DPPI. Credits: Bahrain Raid Xtreme.

Sebastien Loeb believes that he has done everything he can to catch Nasser Al-Attiyah to win the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Loeb finished this year’s Dakar Rally 2nd, 27 minutes and 46 seconds away from the winner Al-Attiyah. However, the Bahrain Raid Xtreme driver could have been closer to his opponent if he did not have numerous issues. Despite all the challenges, Loeb was happy with his performance at Dakar.

“Given that we were delayed from the start and that there are no big gaps in the stages, from the moment we lost time with our technical problem and then our navigation error, we were 50 minutes behind and from then on we could just try to work hard to make up some time,” Loeb said. 

“That’s what we did. From then on we had a great rally, we didn’t make any mistakes, we drove hard all the time, with good navigation. We clawed back a few minutes here and there, but it was a rally where there were never any big, big gaps in the stages.

“I think that today the cars are all quite close; in the leading crews there is a good level, it’s tight, there are a lot more cars fighting at the front than in other eras. 

“So it’s difficult to make big gaps, difficult to make up time, and then in the end, Nasser did a perfect rally. I don’t think we could have done more, there’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

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