Loeb helped by team-mates in Silk Way Rally
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.