Sebastien Loeb surges to lead Monday at Dakar Rally

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Sebastien Loeb’s rally history and success is unrivaled in the modern era. Naturally then, he’s entered this year’s Dakar Rally in the quest to add another mark to his career tally.

Loeb has moved into the lead following the conclusion of Stage 2 in the 2016 Dakar Rally – the first actual stage following the canceled first stage and Saturday’s prologue.

He leads Dakar ahead of Team Peugeot Total teammate and Dakar legend Stephane Peterhansel by 2.23 seconds.

Loeb wrote on Twitter afterwards he was surprised with the early pace.

“A little surprised the fastest time of the day, but it is positive. The #Peugeot2008DKR is in the same time on these winding tracks,” he wrote, translated roughly via Google Translate.

“We got a little hot in a quagmire where some remained blocked. We were already happy to be at the finish. Aside from that no problems.

“It will open the road tomorrow. This will be another story, a first for Daniel Elena and me, but we must learn 🙂 #Dakar2016.”

The tweets, in Loeb’s natural French, are linked below.

Loeb isn’t the only FIA World Rally Championship ace competing at the Dakar; so too is Loeb’s past WRC rival Mikko Hirvonen. The Finn is getting acclimated to the rally.

Live text updates from the rally, via the official Dakar site, are linked here.

Monday’s second stage coverage will be highlighted on Tuesday on NBCSN, at 5:30 p.m. ET.