Nasser Al-Attiyah: “To lose only four minutes to Seb is nothing”

Dakar 2022 | Stage 11 | SHAYBAH > EMPTY QUARTER MARATHON
January 13 th 2022 - 15:18 [GMT + 3]

Al-Attiyah finished in 7th place on stage 7 and has kept Loeb at a safe distance with a lead of more than half an hour on the eve of the end to the rally.

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“It was a difficult stage and not easy because we had to think a lot. But to lose only four minutes or something to Seb, it’s nothing, you know? We are in a good way. Tomorrow is a shorter stage. We just need to continue like this on the same pace. It is very important to win this race. It’s been good. From the beginning we have been leading every day we have been gaining time. To control the Dakar is not easy, but I think we have a lot of experience now and we just need to manage the situation and to finish. You don’t need to win every day. We won on day one and made a good time day-by-day until the rest day, when we were around forty-five minutes ahead. Now we just need to be really careful all the way and this is what we’ll do. Tomorrow it will be a short stage, but we really need to be focusing to be sure that we get to the finishing line”.

#201 Al-Attiyah Nasser (qat), Baumel Batthieu (fra), Toyota Gazoo Racing, Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+, Auto FIA T1/T2, W2RC, action during the Stage 11 of the Dakar Rally 2022 around Bisha, on January 13th 2022 in Bisha, Saudi Arabia -
#201 Al-Attiyah Nasser (qat), Baumel Batthieu (fra), Toyota Gazoo Racing, Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+, Auto FIA T1/T2, W2RC, action during the Stage 11 of the Dakar Rally 2022 around Bisha, on January 13th 2022 in Bisha, Saudi Arabia - © Frédéric Le Floch / DPPI

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