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Loeb had an almost impossible mission ahead of him on the final day as it was a special stage of only 168 kilometers; He tried but could not, by cutting only five minutes and 33 seconds to the Qatari in a stage in which he finished second and that was won by the South African Henk Lategan (Toyota).
For his part, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Audi), who won the stage yesterday Thursday, accused opening the track and lost 9’16 ”compared to the winner, which leaves him in eleventh position of the provisional general in cars.
A classification to which he said goodbye on the second day of competition after spending more than two hours trying to find a control point that, he considered, “wrongly marked” in the road book; But the organization did not consider it that way and, both the three-time Dakar winner, as well as the majority of the pilots, saw their options frustrated at the first change.
Despite this and the problems with Audi’s shock absorbers, the German brand and its innovative hybrid vehicle achieved four stage victories, which were close to being five as the Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel caressed it this Friday, remaining 49 ”behind. Lategan.
The podium was completed by a surprising Brian Baragwanath (Century Racing), at 1’51 ”.
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