Sébastien Loeb and Nasser Al-Attiyah in fierce fight in Baja Spain Aragon

The French beats the Qatari by a second. Paraguayan Andrea Lafarja, from the Puma Energy Rally Team, is the only Latin American in the race after the abandonment of Orly Terranova.

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La Baja Spain Aragon, proof valid by the FIA Bajas Cross Country World Cup, completed the first of its two stages. The battle for victory has as its exclusive protagonists Sébastien Loeb (Prodrive Hunter) now Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Hilux).

The day included a special test of 180 kilometers that was left in the hands of the French, who completed it in 2h20m12s. The Qatari ended up as his escort to just a second, something that reflects the intense fight that will be defined on Saturday after two special stages.

Sébastien Loeb
Sébastien Loeb, Bahrain Raid Xtreme. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool.

“The sensations, in general, are good. We had a small navigation error and a puncture, but the pace was good, I drove well and we reached the end well ”, Loeb summed up.

“It has been a difficult day. Everyone had problems with the tires, but the important thing was to finish. Tomorrow will be another day and we will try to fight to win Baja Aragón ”, Al-Attiyah explained.

Nasser Al-Attyiah
Nasser Al-Attyiah, Overdrive. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool.

The Top 5, a couple of minutes behind the leaders, is completed by the Swede Mattias Ekstrom (MINI), the Saudi Yasir seaidan (MINI) and Spanish Nani Rome (Prodrive Hunter).

The Argentinian Orly Newfoundland (Prodrive Hunter) abandoned due to a mechanical failure at the end of the stage. Therefore, the Paraguayan Andrea Lafarja she is the only South American in the race. The pilot of the Puma Energy Rally Team, who runs with a Borgward BX7 DKR assisted by Wevers Sport, is located 44 ° in the general.

Andrea Lafarja
Andrea Lafarja, Puma Energy Rally Team. Photo: @ShakedownTeam

"I am very happy for the result we achieved in my debut on a date for the World Cup in Europe, which is also my debut above a T1 ... But the goal for this race is to add kilometers and adapt to the truck as we aim to the Dakar rally. The tour was very technical. In very few opportunities we were able to go deep. For tomorrow we are going with the same mentality as today: knowing the car, looking for the limit and getting there ”, explained Lafarja, who is navigated by the Argentine Pachu Arrieta.

Baja España Aragón will end this Saturday with the dispute of two special tests. The first will be in the morning about 112,910 km and the rest in the afternoon with 208,360 km travel.

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