Driving for the Prodrive-walk Bahrain Raid Xtreme team, Loeb led from reveal to attain in the 338km special between Ha’il and Al Artawiyah, clinching his 15th stage salvage in Dakar – and the essential since 2019.
The Frenchman constructed a 12-2nd lead over Toyota driver Al-Attiyah by the essential checkpoint and incessantly prolonged his advantage thereafter, ending the stage 3m28s obvious of the three-time Dakar champion.
The result helped Loeb carry out a dent into Al-Attiyah’s lead in the general classifications, though the Qatari driver tranquil enjoys a wholesome 9m16s cushion heading into Tuesday’s 255km stage from Al Artawiyah to Al Qaysumah.
Audi mounted a solid comeback in Stage 2 after a disastrous time out for its three RS Q e-trons on Sunday, with Carlos Sainz leading the price for the German producer in third.
Having misplaced over two hours in Stage 1 with navigational troubles, the three-time Dakar champion done ideal 5m52s off the poke of Loeb on Monday, showcasing the uncooked poke of Audi’s all-glossy electrical challenger.
Stephane Peterhansel backed up the poke of his teammate Sainz by ending fourth, a additional two minutes adrift of the leaders, though a 16-hour penalty for no longer ending Stage 1 potential he is no longer any longer in the operating for a file-extending 15th Dakar salvage.
Further support, Nani Roma done fifth in the 2nd of the three BRX entries, while Overdrive driver Yazeed Al Rajhi led manufacturing facility Toyota pairing Henk Lategan and Giniel de Villiers in sixth device.
Two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom (Audi) also rebounded from a worried first stage to attain ninth, while Overdrive driver Bernhard Ten Brinke made it 5 Hilux T1+ automobiles inner the discontinue-10.
Lucio Alvarez – also from Overdrive – done 11th to circulate as much as third in the overall standings, albeit over 40 minutes down on outright leader Al-Attiyah.
De Villiers sits fourth in the general classification sooner than the VRT BMW of Vladimir Vasilyev, with Orlen Ford driver Martin Prokop slipping to sixth device.
In spite of an improved showing on Monday, none of the Audis salvage managed to wreck inner the discontinue 20, with Mattias Ekstrom provisionally placed 26th in the standings and Sainz additional in the support of in 29th device.
Total standings after Stage 2:
|1||201||Nasser Al-Attiyah||TOYOTA||06: 59: 21|
|2||211||Sebastien Loeb||PRODRIVE||07: 08: 37||+00: 09: 16|
|3||222||Lucio Alvarez||TOYOTA||07: 40: 14||+00: 40: 53|
|4||207||Giniel de Villiers||TOYOTA||07: 40: 43||+00: 41: 22|
|5||208||Vladimir Vasilyev||BMW||07: 43: 00||+00: 43: 39|
|6||209||Martin Prokop||FORD||07: 44: 14||+00: 44: 53|
|7||223||Sebastian Halpern||MINI||07: 46: 38||+00: 47: 17|
|8||205||Yazeed Al-Rajhi||TOYOTA||07: 48: 14||+00: 48: 53|
|9||203||Jakub Przygonski||MINI||07: 58: 42||+00: 59: 21|
|10||221||Orlando Terranova||PRODRIVE||08: 04: 24||+01: 05: 03|