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2016 Dakar Rally: WRC ace Loeb wins Stage 3

2016-01-06 07:56

TWO IN A ROW: Peugeot's Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena, claimed their second win of the 2016 Dakar Rally. Image: AP

San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina - Sebastien Loeb's sensational Dakar Rally debut continued on Tuesday when he topped the podium for the second time in two days with victory in the third stage of the gruelling two-week rally-raid.

France's nine-time world rally champion, driving a Peugeot, clocked 2hrs9min39sec over 190km between the Argentinian towns of Termas de Rio Hondo and San Salvador de Jujuy to consolidate his place atop the overall standings.

Defending champion Al-Attiyah in fifth place

Mini-driving defending champion Nasser al-Attiyah of Qatar sits in fifth place overall, 6min50sec behind Loeb, and just behind the Mini of Finland's Mikko Hirvonen, Loeb's former WRC rival who is also making his race debut.

Spain's Joan Barreda Bort, on a Honda, won the motorcycle section of the stage, shortened because of bad weather.

Argentina's Kevin Benavides and Portugal's Paulo Goncalves finished in second and third respectively to make it a Honda sweep of the stage.

@loeb_seb09 won his first race on the Dakar / ganó su primera carrera en el Dakar #dakar2016

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