SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, Peru – After a day off on Saturday, Red Bull privateer Sébastien Loeb earned his third stage victory of the Dakar Rally on Sunday.
Loeb completed the stage in three hours, 39 minutes and 21 seconds, more than two minutes clear of overall and car division leader Nasser Al-Attiyah in second.
“It went well, but we made mistakes,” said Loeb, who sits more than 37 minutes behind Al-Attiayh in the overall standings. “We saw Nasser make the same blunder, so we both lost two minutes. We didn’t get stuck, we saw the hole where it happened last year but we dodged the bullet. I’m very happy to have reached the finish. It’s not over yet, there’s still a lot of racing ahead.”
Chilean Pablo Quintanilla earned his first stage victory of the year in the bike class, finishing one minute and 52 seconds ahead of Kevin Benavides. The stage victory allowed Quintanilla to take the class lead by four minutes and 38 seconds over American Ricky Brabec.
In the quad division, Argentine Nicolas Cavigliasso earned another stage victory by more than 17 minutes to boost his overall division lead to more than one hour over his closest pursuer.
Siarhei Viazovich notched his first stage win of the year in the truck class by nearly six minutes over Gerard de Rooy. Russian Eduard Nikolaev retained the overall truck division lead.
Francisco Lopez Contardo was the stage winner in the SxS division while Spaniard Gerard Farrés Guell took the overall division lead by more than 13 minutes.