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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): VOLKSWAGEN RED BULL MOTORSPORT- EUROPE, HERE WE COME: VOLKSWAGEN TRIPLY MOTIVATED FOR PORTUGAL

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Sébastien Ogier (F), Julien Ingrassia (F) Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2015) WRC Rally Argentina 2015

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WRC Rally Argentina 2015

Portugal kicks off five-stop tour of Europe for the WRC

Volkswagen team extra motivated after Argentinean disappointment

Ogier/Ingrassia, Latvala/Anttila and Mikkelsen/Fløene line up in front of passionate fans

15 May 2015

Back from overseas and ready to conquer Europe – Volkswagen is three times as motivated for the Rally Portugal. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) are all hungry for victory at the fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship from 21 to 24 May. The first of five back-to-back European rallies sees all three Volkswagen duos line up with the second generation of the Polo R WRC for the first time. The Volkswagen engineers have also raised the bar on the technology front ahead of the start of their “European Tour”. And that is not all that is new: the Rally Portugal itself has a new look. The rally centre has moved back towards Porto, where the itinerary – 16 gravel stages and roughly 350 kilometres against the clock – welcomes back classic stages like “Fafe”.

“The 2015 Rally Portugal is back in the north of the country and marks the return of many classic stages. We are looking forward to the huge popularity that this event typically enjoys among the fans,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “We also line up with three second-generation Polo R WRCs for the first time, with Andreas Mikkelsen set for his first competitive outing in the new Polo. As such, we start with a lot of additional energy and an extra boost of motivation. As always, we are hungry for the win. This time, however, even more so than usual: the disappointing weekend in Argentina still rankles with everyone in the team. Everybody will be doing their utmost to banish those memories.”

Southward bound, and then back north a bit: all roads lead to Porto

Portugal has always been renowned for the enthusiasm of its fans when the WRC circus comes to town. The rally now returns from the Algarve to the Porto region in the north of the country for the first time since 2001. As such, many iconic special stages return to the route – none more so than “Fafe”. Over 100,000 fans will assemble on this one stage alone for a genuine World Rally Championship festival. In order to bring a modicum of order to the emotionally supercharged spectators, world champion Sébastien Ogier and Volkswagen’s Portuguese mechanics Jose Azevedo da Silva, Marco Moreiras and Rui Cabeda, gave their backing to a plea from the organisers. The video appeal asks fans to stay in the officially designated and safe spectator zones. If they do this, then nothing stands in the way of the drifting party on “Fafe” and Co.

“Fafe” is joined back on the itinerary by such classics as “Ponte de Lima” and the Rallycross track in Lousada. Other special stages, which were used until 2001, have since been asphalted, meaning they will no longer be used in the all-gravel event. Nevertheless, the fans are in for a real treat: following the ceremonial start in the “cradle of the Portuguese nation”, Guimarães, the sporting action gets underway on Thursday with “Lousada”. Friday features a total 128.7 kilometres against the clock, including the superfast “Ponte de Lima” stage with its soft sand. Saturday is the longest day of the rally, with the competitors taking on 165.4 kilometres of special stage, before the rally draws to a close with the “Vieira do Minho” and “Fafe” stages on Sunday. “Fafe”, with its characteristic slalom through the wind turbines and the infamous jump, which every year casts its spell on fans, forms the Power Stage, on which bonus points are up for grabs for the top three drivers and co-drivers.

All good things come in threes … – Mikkelsen in the third of the second-generation Polo R WRC

An upgrade to the battle for the World Championship: Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene line up for the first time in the new Polo R WRC, which Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila have been driving since the start of the year. In the first three rallies of the season, the Volkswagen “youngster” continued to use the tried-and-tested Polo R WRC that made its debut in Monte Carlo in 2013 and was the subject of minor modifications for the 2014 season. Mikkelsen/Fløene secured three podium finishes in a row with the 2013 and 2014 World Championship-winning car, finishing third at the “Monte”, in Sweden and in Mexico. They currently lie third in the World Championship, making them the closest rivals of defending champions and WRC leaders Ogier/Ingrassia. The double world champions and their challengers from within the Volkswagen team will do battle with identical material when they resume their internal duel in Portugal.

All good things come in threes … – Ogier sets sights on third Portuguese win in a row, and fifth in all

They already have four victories in Portugal to their name – two of which came with the Polo R WRC: Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia do not only have their sights set on a third successive win in Portugal, but also the record currently held by Markku Alén. The Finn is currently the only WRC driver to have won five times on the Portuguese gravel. The rally legend will be in Portugal, thanks to an invite from Volkswagen, to see for himself whether Seb and Julien can equal his record. Markku Alén was victorious in 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1987 with Fiat and Lancia. Sébastien Ogier’s wins came in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 with Citroën and Volkswagen. Only Lancia driver Massimo Biasion has ever won three times in a row.

All good things come in threes … – Latvala with a score to settle

The first podium for Volkswagen in 2013, an early exit in 2014 – Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila have a score to settle with the Rally Portugal. Last year, they hit a hole and rolled their car whilst running second and challenging for the lead. Only a remarkable show of strength from their mechanics allowed them to return to action the following day, when they again shone with a number of stage wins. In 2015, the goal is clear for Latvala/Anttila: after three “no-pointers” in a row and a disappointing start to the season, the Finnish Volkswagen duo has its sights set on a top result in Portugal. Ideally a win.

Ready to make amends – technical update for the Polo R WRC

Volkswagen has reacted to the problems with the fuel supply at the Rally Argentina and will use a different variant of the fuel injector on the 1.6-litre turbo engine in the Polo R WRC from the Rally Portugal onwards. Technical regulations require the team to play a so-called “Joker”, which allows the homologation of certain parts during the season. In Argentina, faulty fuel injectors dashed any hopes of a good result for Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala.

Quotes ahead of the Rally Portugal

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“I have nothing but fond memories of the Rally Portugal. I have won there four times already, including the last two years with Volkswagen. I have heard that victory this time would see me draw level with Markku Alén, who holds the record for the most wins in Portugal. That is obviously my goal. I am very pleased to say that Markku will be a guest in hospitality. We know each other already – he is a great guy and I really respect him. After the disappointing weekend in Argentina, it is very important for me and the entire team to draw the right conclusions and come back stronger. The opposition is wide awake: both Citroën, with Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg, and Ford’s Elfyn Evans proved that emphatically in Argentina. It will be far from easy.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“The Rally Portugal has not been a happy stomping ground for me in the past. This year, however, we are in the north of the country, instead of the Algarve in the south as was previously the case. New sections of route are always a major challenge, because we have to write the pace notes from scratch and learn the ‘language’ of the roads. From what I have seen so far, the unfamiliar sections ought to suit me better. The surface is relatively soft, you have more grip and can drive more aggressively. A lot will depend on the weather – if it rains, the roads are incredibly slippery and difficult to drive on. ‘Fafe’ is not a separate event this year, but forms part of the rally weekend instead. That obviously means that we cannot afford to take too many risks on the jump. However, I am sure it will still be a highlight for the spectators. They have always given us great support in Portugal. The season has not been great for me so far, so my goal for the Rally Portugal is to score as many points as possible and make up ground in the overall standings.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“At the Rally Portugal, I will be driving the second generation of the Polo in competitive conditions for the first time. Two years ago I made my first start for Volkswagen in the World Rally Championship here, and finished sixth at the first attempt. Last season I finished fourth and narrowly missed out on a spot on the podium, so I have fond memories of the Rally Portugal. This year I definitely want to be in the top three. I think that is a realistic goal. The route is new, so everyone starts on a level playing field. My experiences on unfamiliar routes have been very good so far, so I am optimistic. The ‘Fafe’ stage, which forms the closing Power Stage this year, will be particularly exciting. It will be a real spectacle for the fans and us drivers, and there are valuable bonus points to be won – a chance Ola and I are determined not to pass up.”

Did you know …

… Volkswagen can already look back on a top result at the Rally Portugal from the era before the Polo R WRC? Kenneth Eriksson/Peter Diekmann (S/D) finished third in a Golf GTI 16V in 1987.

… Volkswagen team member Luís Moya won the Rally Portugal twice: in 1991, as co-driver in a Toyota Celica GT-FourST165, and in 1995 in a Subaru Impreza 555. The man behind the wheel on both occasions: Carlos Sainz, who won the Dakar Rally with Volkswagen in 2010.

… the Rally Portugal has been named “The Best Rally in the World” five times?

… the return of the rally to the north of Portugal sees the “Exponor” trade-fair premises in Matoshinhos take on the role of rally centre? The teams’ service areas will be housed in the exhibition halls. The last time this happened was at the 2013 Rally Mexico.

… the Rally Portugal was held for the first time in 1967? It was included as part of the World Rally Championship in 1973. The event was omitted from the calendar in 2002, but made its comeback in 2007.

The number for the Rally Portugal: 40 years.

The Volkswagen Polo is celebrating a big birthday in 2015. The compact car can look back on 40 successful years. In Portugal, this anniversary will be marked by a special logo on the boot lid of the Polo R WRCs driven by Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen. Incidentally: these three Polos are not the only ones with the “40 years Polo” sticker on the boot – it is also applied to all the production models currently being assembled as they leave the plant. The only exceptions are the sporty R-Line, BlueGT and GTI versions, which proudly bear the words “World Rally Champion”.

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Western Europe
Andorra (Canal +); Austria (ORF, Servus TV, Sport1, N-TV, LAOLA1.tv); Belgium (Canal +, RTBF); Denmark (Viasat); Europe (MOTORS TV); Finland (YLE, Nelonen); France (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21); Germany (Sport1, N-TV, Servus TV, LAOLA1.tv, Sky); Greece (OTE); Italy (RAI, Fox Sports, Dinamica); Ireland (BT Sport); Lichtenstein (N-TV, Sport1, Servus TV); Luxembourg (Canal +, N-TV, Servus TV, Sport1); Israel (Charlton); Monaco (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21); Netherlands (RTL7); Norway (VIASAT); Portugal (Sport TV, RTP); Slovakia (Sport 5); Spain (Canal +, TVE, TV3); Sweden (SVT); Switzerland (Canal +, N-TV, Sport1, Servus TV); Turkey (NTV); UK (BT Sport, itv4); Wales (S4C)

Eastern Europe
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan (Auto Plus); Bosnia and Herzigovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia (Arena TV); Czech Republic (Czech TV, Sport 5); Hungary (Sport1); Lithuania (Auto Plus, BTV, LNK); Poland (TVP); Romania (Dolce Sport); Ukraine (First Automotive Channel, Auto Plus)

Middle East and Africa
Angola, Cap Verde, Mozambique (Canal +, Sport TV, SuperSport); Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Canal +, SuperSport); Ethopia, Mauritania, Seychelles (Canal +); Lesotho, Liberia, Mayotte, Reunion, Socotra, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, St Helena & Ascension, Sudan, Swaziland (SuperSport)

Asia Pacific
Australia (Fox Sports); American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam, Howland Islands, Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, Micronesia, Midway Islands, Navassa Island, Norther Marianas, Palau, U.S. Virgin Islands, Wake Islands (MAV TV); China (PPTV); Indonesia (MNC); Japan (J Sports); Malaysia (Astro); New Zealand (Sky Sports, TV 3); Thailand (Truevision)

North and Latin America
Argentina, Uruguay (Channel 12, Fox Sports); Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago (MAV TV); Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela (Fox Sports); Mexico (Fox Sports, TV4); Paraguay (Fox Sports, Telefuturo), USA (MAV TV, Fox Sports)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHINESE RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (CRC 2015): PRODRIVE MOTORSPORT – ATKINSON WINS AGAIN IN CHINA VW GOLF 7 SCRC

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ATKINSON WINS AGAIN IN CHINA WITH VW GOLF 7 SCRC.

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30 September 2015

Chris Atkinson has won the latest round of the Chinese Rally Championship in the VW Golf SCRC. Atkinson won comfortably by a minute and 40 seconds from Mark Higgins in the Subaru and Manfred Stohl in a Citroen DS3.

Chen Dean in the second Golf was fifth with Li ninth in the third car.

That makes it three wins from four events for Atkinson as the Championship heads to the next round Longyou at the end of October. Longyou was the debut event for the VW Golf SCRC last year when Atkinson to its maiden win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAKAR RALLY ARGENTINA – BOLIVIA – ARGENTINA 2016: PEUGEOT TOTAL TEAM – LA LEYENDA DEL RALLY SÉBASTIEN LOEB SE UNE AL ” DREAM TEAM” DE PEUGEOT TOTAL

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La leyenda del rally Sébastien Loeb se une al “Dream Team” de Peugeot-Total.

Sebastien Loeb poses for a portrait in Peugeot Sport workshop, France, on September 21, 2015
Sébastien Loeb, el mejor piloto de rally de todos los tiempos, se enfrentará al mayor reto de su carrera al unirse por primera vez al equipo de Peugeot en el legendario Dakar del próximo mes de enero.

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29 Septiembre 2015

El nueve veces campeón del WRC y plusmarquista del Pikes Peak se ha unido al equipo de Peugeot 2008DKR junto a Carlos Sainz para el Rally du Maroc del próximo mes (del 3 al 9 de octubre) antes de hacer frente al mayor reto de este deporte, el Dakar, durante 13 días en Argentina y Bolivia en 2016. Junto a él en Sudamérica también estarán Stéphane Peterhansel y Cyril Despres completando así el “dream team” de pilotos de Peugeot-Total.

El francés de 41 años, Sébastien Loeb, uno de los pilotos con más éxito de la historia de los deportes de motor con un porcentaje de victorias sin precedentes del 46,2% en el WRC dijo: “Descubrí los deportes de motor cuando tenía 18 años y empecé a competir en mis primeros rallys. Desde entonces me han interesado todo tipo de deportes de motor y el Dakar es uno de ellos. Creo que es un gran reto competir y conducir en el desierto”.

“El Dakar es completamente diferente a las carreras que hago en este momento. va a ser muy larga, más de dos semanas, y necesitas tener aguante para cuidar del conductor y del coche. Es una carrera con un enfoque distinto pero lo descubriré en enero”.

Hasta entonces, Loeb se unirá a Sainz en Marruecos para su debut en el competitivo Cross Country, aunque ya pilotó el rival de Peugeot a principios de año. Para Loeb ésta será una reunión muy especial pues ya fue compañero de equipo de Sainz durante su primera temporada completa en el Mundial de Rallys del 2003, hasta que el español se tuvo que retirar del WRC de 2004. En Marruecos Sainz pilotará el último Peugeot 2008DKR16 mientras que Loeb pilotará un coche con especificaciones de 2015.

“Cuando probé el PEUGEOT 2008DKR en junio me sorprendió muchísimo y por supuesto ha cambiado mucho desde entonces”, dijo Loeb -que en la actualidad está compitiendo en el Campeonato Mundial de Turismos de la FIA con Citroen.

“Lo que más me impactó fue lo diferente que es conducir el coche del Dakar, era una experiencia completamente nueva para mí. En el WRC acostumbro a rodear obstáculos pero con este coche puedes simplemente pasar por encima, ¡y cuesta tener la suficiente confianza en uno mismo para creer que puedes hacerlo!”

“ También estoy acostumbrado a tener notas de copiloto muy detalladas pero en el Cross Country tienes que abrirte paso e improvisar tu ruta. Esta, además, es la primera vez que he pilotado diferentes tipos de coche diesel en una competición por lo que tengo que aprender mucho pero tengo muchas ganas de hacerlo”.

Además de haber ganado más rallys, etapas especiales y campeonatos que cualquier otro piloto, Sébastien Loeb también se ha convertido en el “Rey del Peak” al batir el record del Pikes Peak Hillclimb con Peugeot y Red Bull hace dos años en América. Un triunfo épico que ya forma parte de la historia legendaria de los deportes de motor.

Ahora forma parte del mejor equipo que se haya enfrentado jamás al Dakar. Tal y como dijo el 11 veces campeón del Dakar Stéphane Peterhansel: “Sébastien Loeb es un referente del motor. Hay muy poco que yo o cualquier otro le pueda enseñar”.

El cinco veces campeón de motos Cyril Despres añadió: “Desde que cambié las dos ruedas por cuatro, la experiencia no ha hecho más que mejorar. Y saber que ahora Sébastien se une al equipo la remata aún más”.

El dos veces campeón del WRC y campeón del Dakar en 2010 Carlos Sainz, que será una vez más el compañero de Loeb en Marruecos dijo: “No tengo nada más que decir sobre Sébastien que no haya dicho ya. Por supuesto que el rally raid va a ser una nueva aventura para él, pero va a ser capaz de adaptarse sin problemas. Como yo mismo he podido comprobar aprende muy rápido”.

“El Dakar es algo que me llama, es una gran aventura”, añadió Loeb, quien ya dominó el Pikes Peak y el WTCC. “El rally en Marruecos me mostrará lo que es realmente el Cross Country, así que para mí esta es una oportunidad fantástica para aprender, en especial al lado de unos compañeros tan buenos”.

Tal y como pasó con sus nueve títulos mundiales y sus 78 victorias en el WRC hasta la fecha, Loeb tendrá como copiloto al campeón mundial de deportes de motor monegasco Daniel Elena. Marruecos marcará la vuelta de la pareja con más éxito jamás vista en la historia del motor que emprende una nueva aventura juntos tras 17 gloriosos años en los rallys.

Al igual que Loeb, el copiloto de 42 años Elena nunca ha competido antes en Cross Country, pero se ha preparado a fondo para las exigencias de la navegación más dura del mundo, en la que los equipos tienen que reaccionar rápidamente para conquistar el terreno offroad más sobrecogedor. Cuentan además con la ayuda de un sofisticado sistema de GPS que les guiará de punto a punto.

El director deportivo de Peugeot Bruno Famin comentó: “ Sébastien fue impresionante desde que se sentó en el coche, como ya sabíamos tras haber trabajado con él anteriormente. Adoptó ese enfoque calculado que tanto le caracteriza para entender el coche paso a paso, pero después su habilidad natural se encargó del resto. Tras mejorar diferentes aspectos del coche desde la última vez que estuvimos en el Dakar, el fichaje de Sébastien Loeb es la pieza que le faltaba al puzzle”.

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DAKAR RALLY ARGENTINA – BOLIVIA – ARGENTINA 2016: PEUGEOT TOTAL TEAM – RALLY LEGEND SÉBASTIEN LOEB JOINS ” D-REAM TEAM PEUGEOT – TOTAL

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Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena pose for a portrait during the Peugeot test in Erfoud, Morocco on September 16, 2015

Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena pose for a portrait during the Peugeot test in Erfoud, Morocco on September 16, 2015

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Sébastien Loeb, the greatest rally driver ever, will take on one of the biggest challenges of his illustrious career when he lines up as part of Peugeot’s dream team at the legendary Dakar in January for the first time.

The nine-time World Rally Championship winner and Pikes Peak record-holder has joined Peugeot’s 2008DKR line-up alongside Carlos Sainz for next month’s Rallye du Maroc (October 3-9) before facing the sport’s toughest challenge, the Dakar, over 13 days in Argentina and Bolivia in 2016. Joining him in South America will also be Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, completing Team Peugeot Total’s dream team driver line-up.

The 41-year old Loeb, one of the most successful drivers in the history of motorsports, with an unprecedented 46.2% wins-to-starts ratio in WRC, said: “I only discovered motorsports when I was 18 and I started competing in my first rallies. Since then I have been interested in all types of different motorsports and Dakar is one of them. I think it’s a great challenge to go and compete there and drive in the desert.

“The Dakar is completely different from the racing I’m doing at the moment. It will be very long, over two weeks, and you need to have the endurance to look after the driver and the car. It’s another approach to racing but I’ll discover that in January.”


Before then, Loeb will line up with Sainz in Morocco next week for his competitive Cross Country debut – although he already tested Peugeot’s Dakar challenger in the country earlier this year. For Loeb, this will be a very special reunion: he was previously team-mates with Sainz for his very first full season in the World Rally Championship in 2003, until the Spaniard decided to end his WRC career at the end of 2004. In Morocco, Sainz will drive the latest PEUGEOT 2008DKR16 whereas Loeb will drive a 2015-specification car.

“When I tried the PEUGEOT 2008DKR out in June, it was immediately very impressive for me – and of course it has changed a lot since then,” said Loeb, who is currently competing in the FIA WTCC with Citroen.

“What struck me most of all is how the Dakar car was a completely new experience: in the WRC I have been used to going round obstacles but with this car you can just drive straight over them, and it takes some time to have the confidence to believe it!

“I’ve also been used to having very detailed pace notes: in Cross Country, you have to find the road for yourself and improvise your route. And this is actually the first time I have driven any type of diesel car in competition too. So there is a lot for me to learn, but I am eager to find out more.”

As well as winning more rallies, special stages and championships than any other driver, Sébastien Loeb also became ‘King of the Peak’ when he pulverised the Pikes Peak hill climb record with Peugeot and Red Bull two years ago in America: an epic feat that is already remembered as a legendary part of motorsport history.

Now he forms part of the greatest team ever to tackle the Dakar. As 11-time Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel said: “Sébastien Loeb is a reference in motorsport. There’s very little that I, or anybody else, can teach him.”

Five-time bike winner Cyril Despres added: “Since I made the switch from two wheels to four, the experience has got better and better. And to see Sébastien arrive in the team now, everything is complete.”

Two-time WRC champion and Dakar 2010 winner Carlos Sainz, who will be Loeb’s team-mate once more in Morocco, concluded: “There is nothing more I can say about Sébastien that his career hasn’t said already. Of course rally raid will be a new adventure for him, but he has every capacity to adapt to it with no problem. As I have seen for myself in the past, he is a quick learner in everything he does.

“Dakar is something that appeals to me; it is a huge adventure,” added Loeb, who has already mastered rallying, Pikes Peak and the World Touring Car Championship. “The rally in Morocco will give me a very interesting idea of what Cross Country is all about, so this is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn; particularly alongside such successful team-mates.”

Just as has been the case throughout his nine world titles and 78 WRC victories to date, Loeb will be co-driven by Monaco’s motorsport world champion: Daniel Elena. Morocco will mark the comeback of the most successful pairing ever seen in the history of motorsport, as they start a new adventure together following 17 magnificent years in rallying.

Like Loeb, the 42-year-old Elena has never competed in Cross Country before, but he has undergone intensive training to prepare him for the demands of some of the most challenging navigation in the world, where crews have to think instantly on their feet to conquer the daunting off-road landscape. They are aided by sophisticated GPS equipment, guiding their route from waypoint to waypoint.

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin commented: “Sébastien was impressive from the moment he first sat in the car, as we knew would be the case after having had the privilege of working with him before. He took his usual measured approached to understand the car step by step: from there his natural ability took over. Having improved the car in several different areas since we were last at the Dakar, the signing of Sébastien Loeb is the final piece in the puzzle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cécile Estenave
Peugeot Sport France
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