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Loeb and Lurquin’s never give up attitude keeps Dakar podium place

Loeb & Lurquin navigate their way cautiously through part of Stage 11 of the 2024 Dakar

The penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally for 2024 lived up to its reputation today as a test that always has huge challenges in store and for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team of Sébastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin their element of endurance was pushed right to the limit. Their never give up attitude came to the fore as one of the hardest Dakars in recent times continued to provoke misfortune, but digging deep they recovered to the stage finish to still hold a potential podium position on the world’s toughest motorsport event.

Cresting a rocky pass brow early on in the 420 kilometre test and in first or second gear, Loeb clipped a large rock that unfortunately broke the strongest part of the suspension meaning the car had to stop. An hour later a sister Prodrive Hunter from the Yunxiang Team passed them but the goodwill of Yungang Zi to donate the parts he was carrying for himself to Loeb and Lurquin was a turning point. Swiftly repaired, the car was back in the game for the remaining kilometres but with the rocky sting in the tail that caused havoc for so many last time that area was used, trepidation was the next atmosphere in the car.

Loeb drove as cautiously as possible using all of his 30 years of driving skill but even that was thwarted by the rocks as the punctures came, once with two at the same time. When he had no more spares remaining he was forced to drive a punctured tyre down to the rim and then refit an already punctured tyre back on the car twice in order to get to the finish and keep that podium place within reach. They did just that today through team spirit and determination, something that the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team fully appreciated once they returned to the bivouac tonight. As another indication of how tough it was in the stage there were other top running cars finishing on three wheels or even retiring cruelly from the rally so close to the finish.

The final stage of the Dakar for 2024 takes place very early tomorrow morning around the stunning back drop of Yanbu for the finish on the shores of the Red Sea and its crystal blue waters. With 174 kilometres remaining, the Bahrain Raid Xtreme crew will continue to push as hard as always to gain any possible advantage and retain their podium position.

Sébastien Loeb - BRX

“Yes it was a difficult stage for us to say the least! We lost more than one hour early on after hitting a big rock and we thought it was completely finished for us (suspension arm broken) but then we were lucky as Yungang Zi in the YunXiang Hunter had the spare parts that we needed. So we took the parts, repaired and started again. Then, even though we were driving slowly we had so many punctures - a really hard day for the tyres today. We got to the finish of the stage with three flat tyres on the car, but we are here and still on the podium. We wanted to get to the finish and not stop. I’m glad we did.”

Gus Beteli, BRX Team Principal

“That was a very hard day indeed. It was expected to be hard after it was announced that it would be the same as stage two from last year when we had all the punctures, and it was the case today again. Hitting a big rock broke the suspension early on for Seb and Fabian meaning they had to wait for parts before continuing back up to speed but we still have a podium position and we have one more day to see what we can get. There’s still over 170kms to go tomorrow and judging by today, anything can still happen.”

Stage 11 Result

AlUla - Yanbu, 420 kms stage

63rd Loeb/Lurquin Bahrain Raid Xtreme Prodrive Hunter +1h27m

Overall Standings

3rd Loeb/Lurquin Bahrain Raid Xtreme Prodrive Hunter +1h 35m


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For more information please contact:

Toby Moody

BRX Media Manager


t: +44 7860 145035


About Bahrain Raid Xtreme

A joint partnership between the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Prodrive the British motorsport and engineering group formed the joint venture Prodrive International in 2020. Building on Prodrive’s extensive experience in developing championship winning race and rally cars, its aim is to design and manufacture cars to compete in the Dakar Rally and World Rally Raid Championship. BRX achieved the best finishing position, 5th with Nani Roma on debut in 2021, and 2nd with Sebastien Loeb in both 2022 and 2023. Its Hunter cars run Prodrive EcoPower, a sustainable fuel made from agricultural waste. The fuel reduces CO2 emissions by 80% compared to standard fuel.

About Prodrive

Prodrive is one of the world’s largest and most successful motorsport and technology businesses. Over 500 staff are employed across its Banbury headquarters and composites manufacturing facility in Milton Keynes. While the company is perhaps best known for motorsport, today it is just one part of an organisation that in the last decade has diversified to become a technology business working in a range of sectors and providing a range of services. Within the Prodrive Group, there are four distinct but interconnected business areas: Motorsport, operating race and rally programmes for vehicle manufacturers and global brands; Advanced Technology, providing innovative technology for the automotive, aerospace, defence, and marine sectors; Composites, developing lightweight composite components for the automotive, aerospace and marine sectors; and Brand& developing bespoke clothing and accessories for leading brands.


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