Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb forced to withdraw from the race of the rally-RAID “silk road-2017” because of injuries received in a crash on the ninth stage.
The Frenchman, who plays for Peugeot Sport, confidently was in the lead during the first half of the marathon, which started July 7 on the red square in Moscow. Before the start of the stage from Urumqi to Hami Loeb is an hour ahead of nearest rival, the current winner of the “silk road” Cyril despres. But, alas, all crossed one single error – Loeb have hit a hole and overturned. The car has received serious damages to the bivouac Sebastien arrived late in the evening and recognize that you will not be able to continue the race.
“I have a very sore thumb, I can’t hold the steering wheel. Do not feel very well. I am not able to continue the race in these conditions,” Loeb was quoted by the news Agency “R-Sport”.
Last year on the “Silk road” Loeb also fought for victory during the first half of the race, but received a four-minute penalty for missing a checkpoint and at the finish was only seventh.
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