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Loeb: I'm motivated by my second place finish last year

Loeb: I'm motivated by my second place finish last year

This year, he is already trying to beat Nasser Al-Attiyah in the Dakar Rally with the same car.

Sébastien Loeb finished second behind Nasser Al-Attiyah in the last two Dakar editions. The Frenchman is motivated by his second place finish last year, and this year Nasser Al-Attiyah will also drive a Prodrive Hunter T+, so he has to beat him with the same car.

“What I remember about the last Dakar is that the second place last year motivated me because we were competitive (he won seven stages – editor). Now we have to put everything together to win. Of course, it is not easy to beat Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel. They rarely make mistakes , That's why they have to face some little problems. The worst thing is that you always have something to spare. I don't know what it would be like if he attacked to the maximum,” Loeb began at

“With the development of cars, which have become more durable and efficient, you can go almost anywhere at very high speed, you no longer hit dunes and the racing has become very fast and steady. We have very little opportunity to sit back and try to get a handle on things.”

“Now we will have the same car, but I'm not sure it will change our competition much. We will have the same advantages and the same disadvantages. I know you like to be the hunter. So it will be very fast. And Nasser is best able to collect back-to-back stage wins and maintain even form. But There will also be a lot of competition from Toyota, and Audi could also be in the mix. There are also some youngsters with big ambitions. “It will be a great show,” Loeb concluded.

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