Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena had to decide to retire on the Dakar on Monday.
” There, I’m starting to get sick of it. But we will motivate ourselves to start again. Tomorrow it will be light… »Sunday evening at the bivouac, after yet another hard day on the Dakar, Sébastien Loeb no longer hid his weariness, worn out by eight days of tricky Saudi tracks and multiple damage deplored on his 4 × 4 prepared by the Prodrive structure. The coup de grace finally fell on Monday, on a puncture.
” We stopped in the special after another puncture, the one too many, wrote the Alsatian annoyingly at first on social networks. We no longer have a spare tire. We have to wait for assistance … “A few hours later, the verdict was thus to fall:” We have to abandon the Dakar with a deep heart … “
“Come back stronger next year”
Playing the water carriers for a Nani Roma better placed than him, very little for the nine-time world rally champion who at the start of the 8e this morning’s stage was more than 1:30 p.m. behind the leader of the rally. ” We are disappointed for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team but we have a lot of lessons to learn from this edition to come back stronger next year.»And finally clinch victory after two podiums in 2017 (2e) and 2019 (3e)?
We must give up the @dakar The death in the soul …
We are disappointed for the team @BRaidXtreme but we have a lot of lessons to learn from this edition to come back stronger next year 💪🏼 #BRX #Red Bull #BFGoodrich #Bardahl #Sparco pic.twitter.com/l7vp3iEwo9
– Sébastien Loeb (@SebastienLoeb) January 11, 2021