Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb has pulled out of the Silk Way Rally because of a dislocated finger.
The Frenchman sustained the injury in a crash yesterday, which effectively ended his chances of winning.
Pushing hard for the last few stages of the
silkwayrally</a> it's been a tough few weeks but 🇺🇸 is going to finish strong! <a href="https://t.co/ri8WjeuSRc">pic.twitter.com/ri8WjeuSRc</a></p>— Bryce Menzies (BryceMenzies7) July 18, 2017
Loeb’s Peugeot teammate and defending champion Cyril Despres is now in top spot overall, after finishing 4th in Stage 10.
The stage was won by Eugenio Amos of Two Wheels Drive – the Italian’s first ever victory in a special.
He came in 46 seconds ahead of Yazeed Alrajhi and is now running fifth overall.
Alrajhi – who blew his overall chances as early as Stage 2 – finished second ahead of Mini teammate Bryce Menzies.
American rookie Menzies is third overall, only around 4 minutes behind second-placed Han Wei.
Eduard Nikolaev won his second stage of the rally in the trucks, although he remains 2 hours 24 minutes off leader and Kamaz teammate Dmitry Sotnikov after losing two hours on Stage 3.
Sotnikov, who finished third today, leads teammate Anton Shibalov by 15 minutes in the standings.
Stage 11 is 783,84 kilometres from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan.