Sebastien Loeb: It was impossible for us to go any further

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The city of the future has not yet emerged from the sand and rocks, but the region of Neom can already boast some impressive creations: those of its ancient geological formations.

The canyons, cliffs and mountains of brown rock through which the riders and drivers wound during the second half of the special were worth the price of the navigational difficulties they had to tackle on leaving Sakaka.

At the start of the special, they also had to get to grips with stony portions which were not particularly kind to the wheels of the bikers, as Toby Price and Sam Sunderland could testify. In the car race, Sébastien Loeb also encountered misfortune, puncturing his last tyre. Such enchanting views demand tough sacrifices.

“We have faced a lot of challenges in the last eight days, but throughout this Dakar, myself and Daniel, my co-driver, have been determined to reach the finish of the rally. Everyday we remind ourselves how lucky we are that this is our job, and to be part of the BRX team.

We came to the Dakar with the same ambition as the team; to achieve great results, but today we had no other choice but to retire. This morning we made the decision to give Nani and Alex our spare wheels, to optimise their chances, but with punctures during the special stage, it was impossible for us to go any further. I am disappointed for the team, but we have learned a lot of lessons, and will come back stronger next year.”

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