Sebastien Loeb has taken the debut win for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team on the Dakar rally today after powering through the 338 km second stage in their Prodrive Hunter. The Prodrive Hunter also made history by becoming the first car to win a stage of the Dakar rally powered by sustainable fuel. The Hunter runs on Prodrive EcoPower, which is made from agricultural waste, reducing CO2 emissions by 80% compared to petrol. On just today’s stage alone, that is a reduction of more than 3 tonnes of the greenhouse gas, helping to demonstrate how such fuels can immediately help fight climate change.
Nani Roma/Alex Haro further confirmed the pace of the Hunter with a fifth place, only 8 mins 2 seconds behind for the all Spanish crew, as they drove through the first big dunes of the 44th running of the world’s largest and most demanding motorsport event that covers 8,375 km over two weeks. They started 27th so had to battle through heavy sand that had been broken up by the bikes and cars that had already passed through.