Dakar’2023: Loeb gained the fourth stage of the automobiles that led to controversy.
The French driver Sébastien Loeb (BRX) gained, this Wednesday, the fourth stage of automobiles in the forty fifth version of the all-terrain rally in Dakar, which ran till the fifteenth in Saudi Arabia.
Loeb spent 13 seconds lower than his compatriot Stéphane Peterhansel (Audi) in finishing the 425 timed kilometers of at this time’s particular, begin and end at Hail, and 1.50 minutes lower than the Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Audi), who was third.
The finish of the stage was marked by the choice of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) to permit Audi to extend the energy, in line with this yr’s laws, in a measure that goals to steadiness the combat for victory, known as Technology Equivalence.
The choice has been opposed by Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota), chief of the basic classification, who’s fourth at this time, 2.05 minutes behind the winner.
“What a shock to provide 11 extra horses to our rivals. Thanks for killing the race in the first place”, wrote the Qatari on his Instagram account.
Swede Mathias Ëkstrom (Audi) responded, saying that Nasser ought to “comply with the agreements and measurement procedures agreed earlier than the race and let the FIA do its job”.
Carlos Sainz, who led the first days, emphasised that he didn’t need “extra energy, however equality”, whereas Audi thought-about it “a good choice”, as a result of its automobiles misplaced “in acceleration “.
The German model took benefit of at this time to honor the American Ken Block, who died on Monday, sufferer of a snowmobile accident in the United States.
Still on 4 wheels, however in the T3 class, for mild automobiles (SSV) prototypes, the Portuguese João Ferreira (Yamaha), nationwide off-road champion, led the a part of the race, ending in second place, 5.49 minutes behind the winner, the American Mitchell Guthrie (BFG).
The Belgian Guillaume de Mevius (GRALLY Team) was third, in 6.14 minutes.
“It was an excellent episode and the end result was very tasty. After two very troublesome days that disturbed our psychological and bodily situation, it turned a great way to take the stress off. persistence, studying and progress and good and dangerous outcomes are vital for our future on this and different competitions”, mentioned the driver from Leiria.
Ricardo Mas (Yamaha) was fifteenth, whereas Hélder Rodrigues (Can-Am) had issues once more and was solely fortieth, including a 23:40 time penalty.
In T4, for the SSV obtained from the Série, David Megre, who sailed for the Spanish Ricardo Suarez (Ramilo), was the greatest Portuguese, in seventh place. Brazilian Bruno Conti (Can-Am), with Portuguese Bianchi Prata as co-driver, was twenty second.
Overall, Nasser Al-Attiyah leads the automobiles, with a bonus of 18.18 minutes over Saudi Yazeed Al-Rajhi (Toyota) and 18.52 minutes forward of Peterhansel. Carlos Sainz was fourth, 32.55 minutes away.
Michael Guthrie leads T3, with Portuguese navigator João Ré (with Saudi Saleh Alsaif, in a Can-Am) seventh, with Ricardo Mas in twentieth and Hélder Rodrigues in thirty sixth. João Ferreira is forty first.
Brazilian Rodrigo Oliveira (Can-Am) leads T4, the place Bianchi Prata, in eighth place, is the greatest Portuguese.
On Thursday, the fifth of the 14 phases of the race will happen, beginning and ending in Hail, however with 373 kilometers of particular time.