Loeb riding a wave in the desert

Sebastien Loeb’s stunning Dakar Rally debut continued on Tuesday when he topped the podium for the second time in two days after winning the third stage of the race. 

Nine-time rally world champion Sebastien Loeb won his second ever Dakar Rally stage on Tuesday. At the wheel of a Peugeot the 41-year-old Frenchman took just over two hours and nine minutes to combat the course that started in the Argentinian town of Termas de Rio Hondo and finished in San Salvador de Juju. Carlos Sainz finished the stage in second place with Nasser al-Attiyah, Giniel de Villiers and Mikko Hirvonen crossing the line in third, fourth and fifth respectively. 

Al-Attiyah lies in fifth place overall, 6 minutes and fifty seconds behind Loeb who obviously leads the pack. Meanwhile Finland’s Hirvonen, who is also making his Dakar debut this year, occupies fourth place overall. 

The motorcycle section of the stage was dominated by Honda. All three spots on the podium were claimed by their drivers. Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort finished first while Argentina’s Kevin Benavides and Portugal’s Paulo Goncalves finished in second and third respectively.

The third stage was canceled for the trucks when part of the course collapsed.