Carlos Sainz and Sébastien Loeb They experienced ‘hell’ in the tenth stage of Dakar. With only two days left until the end of the race, the fight between two former stars of the WRC provides the most intense moments. The Madrid rider, who lost seven minutes to Framcé today after suffering three punctures on the course, managed to survive a very difficult special race and will now have to manage his thirteen-minute advantage in the general classification with an exciting result. meeting.

The day started with great fear for Loeb. Nine-time world rally champion’s Hunter breaks down during connection phase, on the way to the special event. Panic has spread across BRX, given that five-time champion Nasser Al-Attiyah drove home cursing his Prodrive car yesterday after breaking its engine for the second day in a row. Ultimately, the Frenchman managed to solve his problems and arrived just in time to start.

Shortly after, second-starter Sainz’s GPS stopped working and his times did not appear on the screen. The incident was also resolved and the first kilometers developed with less stress.

Sainz slowly began to pull away from Loeb, but as the race reached its halfway point and entered terrain littered with stones and difficult navigation, the Madrid driver chained three punctures. They allowed their rivals to cut the lead from 20:30 to 4 minutes in virtual classification.

Audi ‘sacrifice’ EkströmHe stopped to help Sainz at km. He batted 248 and ran out of spare tires to give the Spaniard; The Spaniard can still call on his second luxury teammate Stephane Peterhansel for tomorrow’s decisive and frightening stage on the road to Yanbu.

A short time later, at the 300th km mark, Loeb was the one who had to stop due to a tire burst. The Frenchman’s misfortune allowed Sainz to recover some of the lost ground and reach the finish line just 7 minutes behind the BRX and retain the lead.

While he has seen the insane special display he has had to overcome today, time will tell whether it will be enough to contain the thirteen-minute lead from Loeb, who is desperately searching for his Touareg after finishing second on the podium in the last two races.

The stage victory went to another Frenchman. Guerlain Chicherite and the track will open tomorrow. Loeb and Sainz will avoid doing so on a crucial day that will determine the final sentence.