The Bahrain Red Extreme team’s three drivers achieved advanced positions in the top ten in the current Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.
Nine-times World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Fabian Lorken in the Bahrain Red Extreme (Prodrive Hunter) team car initially set the second-fastest time in the penultimate stage of 346 km, which was held around the southwestern town of Bisha, consolidating his second place in the overall standings. for the rally.
However, Sebastian was awarded a five-minute penalty later imposed after entering the cruise control zone, which saw the nine-times World Rally Champion and co-pilot Fabian Lorken slipped to eighth today, finishing the stage 33 minutes and 19 seconds behind leader Nasser Al-Attiyah.
With Carlos Sainz setting the fastest stage time, the other two Bahrain Red Extreme cars finished in the top ten, with Nani Roma and Alex Haro finishing fourth and Orlando Terranova and Dani Oliveiras eighth to cement their fourth place overall.
Despite the penalty imposed on Loeb, the Frenchman considers that Al-Attiyah needs to pass tomorrow’s final stage of the Dakar Rally, a distance of 164 km towards Jeddah, to win the title of the 44th edition of the Dakar Rally, which is the opening round of the new FIA World Championship Series. .
With Bahrain Red Extreme’s two crew members in the top four, it was a great start for the Prodrive Hunter, as all three team cars are powered by the next generation of advanced sustainable fuels.
Terranova’s performance was nothing short of exceptional, as the Argentine was on course to hit an all-time high in the Dakar and had his best performance of fifth in South America.
Terranova completed today’s stage, saying, “For me it was the most difficult stage of the Dakar Rally this year but actually it was a lot of fun to drive. We got stuck in the dust of Peterhansel’s car after he missed two kilometers from the start but after that the track was good.”
“I think the challenge was to keep the interval with De Villiers who is 13 minutes behind us and in the end we made it. Tomorrow should be less difficult so I think my best result in fourth is good and great for Danny and me.”
“Yes, it was a good day to do what we can to keep the important second place overall, and the car was strong and fast too, especially in its first event, which is something the team should be proud of,” said Loeb.
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