Having left Sakaka this morning after an already difficult day for the first part of the marathon stage, which he completed with only one spare wheel, Sébastien Loeb has been forced to drop out of the race.
Halted once after 43 km, he ground to a halt again after 83 km following a second puncture, while his assistance truck also encountered mechanical problems. At the end of the day, the Bahrain Raid Xtreme driver was able to repair the problem, but decided to leave the special and head to the bivouac in Neom by road, putting himself at risk of disqualification for not validating the many remaining way points on the special.
On arrival, he informed his team of his decision to withdraw from the rally, which passed the information on to the race officials.
By: Official Dakar website