Loeb helped by team-mates in Silk Way Rally

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Se­bastien Loeb has en­dured mixed for­tunes on his Silk Way Rally de­but – the French­man ad­mit­ting he had team-mates Stephane Peter­hansel and Jean-paul Cot­tret to thank for his con­tin­ued par­tic­i­pa­tion in the race from Moscow to Bei­jing.

Loeb’s event didn’t get off to the best of starts when he and Daniel Elena lost 12 min­utes try­ing to find a way point on the fourth day.

Fur­ther time was lost on the road from As­tana to Balkhash in Kaza­khstan when Loeb stopped to help Peter­hansel roll his 2008 DKR back onto its wheels.

Peter­hansel would re­pay the favour on Mon­day, when Loeb got stuck on the sec­tion near Hami in China.

Loeb said: “We lost about 10 min­utes and Daniel even thought our rally was over. A huge thank you, there­fore, to Jean-paul [Cot­tret] for help­ing us to dig our­selves clear. Af­ter that, we pushed very hard in or­der to make up ground and we ended up with the sec­ond­fastest time – so you can tell we weren’t hanging about.”

Peter­hansel said at the end of the stage: “Jean-paul dug like a mad­man for 10 min­utes to help Se­bastien.”

Peu­geot is run­ning onetwo with De­spres 12 min­utes clear of Loeb. Al Ra­jhi is third and first Mini, 27 min­utes off the front.

Loeb: event­ful Silk Way Rally

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