Loeb still in the hunt in third place despite losing time to tricky navigation
Orlando Terranova safeguarded a brilliant phase triumph for
Bahrain Raid Xtreme today as the Dakar Rally got to the half way factor in Riyadh.
The Argentinian driver, partnered by Spain's Dani Oliveras in their BRX Prodrive Hunter, was
fastest by 1 mins 6 secs from Sweden's Mattias Ekstrom on the 348-km sixth special as he
continued his climb up the positions to 7th general.
The high quality of Terranova's drive was highlighted by the truth that he was greater than 6 minutes
quicker on the day than Nasser Al Attiyah, that extended his total lead, in spite of recording only
the tenth finest stage time.
Two-times Dakar winner Nani Roma with Alex Haro also excited in an additional of the BRX
Prodrive Hunters, going fifth fastest over the punishing terrain.
It was an aggravating day for Sebastien Loeb, that lost time at a complicated navigational turn however still
finished the very first fifty percent of the Dakar in third area total together with Fabian Lurquin in their
BRX Prodrive Hunter.
The nine-times World Rally Champion is simply 1 minutes 31 secs adrift of Saudi's Yazeed Al Rajhi
that trails leader Al Attiyah by 48 mins 54 secs as the rally comes to the mid-point day of rest in
Riyadh, when the BRX team will certainly reconstruct the cars for the rest of the rally.
Still ahead before the return to Jeddah are 6 even more stages adding up to 2,179 kilometres, a range
similar to driving from Paris to Casablanca.
Terranova's 7th stage win in 16 Dakars was the second of the rally for the Prodrive Hunter,
and also for the lasting Prodrive EcoPower fuel making its launching on this event, reducing carbon dioxide
exhausts by 80%.
Terranova claimed: "It was a very great phase, difficult in places but simpler in others as the tracks of
the bike from the other day made it easier, yet we kept our concentration and the rate."
" In the direction of completion the navigation was extremely hard since there were a lot of tracks yet everything
worked well due to the fact that for the very first time considering that 2015 we have a phase victory and it feels fantastic."
Loeb said: "We got shed after 100 kilometres. We tried to press as well as close the gap so although we had
excellent speed and fantastic speed over the stage we shed excessive time previously. But we are only half means
through this rally so we will continue to press and do some great phases right back to Jeddah."
Roma stated: "We really did take a normal speed through the kilometres, but this second week
ahead will be much harder than the first as we are going over some ground we did last year. It
will not be easy for everybody but we're certain for nowadays in advance."