The duo Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena may have a huge smile on the end of the fourth stage of the Dakar, between Wadi Ad-Dawasir and Riyadh. They had set the fourth quickest time of the day and have been within the high 5 within the normal classification, regardless of a difficult begin to the rally. But their faces shortly darkened.
The BRX crew was fined 5 minutes for extreme pace in a managed zone. A completely unjustified sanction in accordance with Loeb, who expressed his anger on social networks. “Tonight, I need to share with you the incompetence of the commissaires’ panel of an event as legendary as the Dakar” started the BRX pilot.
“During all my participations, throughout all of the levels and through all of the pace management zones, I’ve all the time performed my greatest to respect this rule. On the only real situation that the GPS system, through an alarm, tells us once we enter these “invisible” areas. Today, on this space the place we’re indicted, the alarm didn’t sound when coming into mentioned space. And so I could not decelerate in time. “
The Alsatian believes that the commissioners remained cussed with out purpose. “Despite our explanations however above all regardless of the confessions of the supplier of the GPS system of a concern for his tools in our automotive right now (one thing that may occur after all), the jury of stewards didn’t wish to know something and determined, cowardly sitting behind his desk with the one threat of spilling his espresso once we threat our lives day-after-day within the automotive, inflicting a penalty far better than what this GPS “bug” saved us … 2 to three seconds whereas being beneficiant. “
Sébastien Loeb doesn’t surrender. “I am passionate but above all I am a competitor. And today, if I am in a race like the Dakar, it is first and foremost to achieve what I am employed for: to achieve a result that meets the team’s ambitions and meets my ambitions. And for that, there is no room for incompetence, nor the incompetent ”concludes the 9-time world rally champion.
Loeb and Elena go due to this penalty from fourth to seventh general.