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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC) 2015: VOLKSWAGEN RED BULL MOTORSPORT- FLIGHT OF FANTASY IN MEXICO: WIN NUMBER TRHREE OF THE SEASON FOR OGIER/INGRASSIA IN THE POLO R WRC

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Flight of fantasy in Mexico: win number three of the season for Ogier/Ingrassia in the Polo R WRC.

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Third victory in Mexico, third win of the season for Ogier/Ingrassia
Second in the World Championship – Mikkelsen/Fløene on the podium for third time in a row
Win number 25 for the Polo R WRC, Volkswagen extends lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship

9 March 2015

Hat-trick for the world champions: Volkswagen duo Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) pulled off an outstanding victory at the Rally Mexico. A dazzling display at the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) produced win number three of the season and their third success in a row in Mexico. The French pair now has an impressive 27 victories to its name, putting them ahead of rally legend Carlos Sainz and into third place in the all-time winners list. It was the 25th triumph for Volkswagen in its 29th rally with the Polo R WRC. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) also completed a hat-trick, claiming their third podium finish in a row and climbing into second place in the Driver and Co-Drivers’ Championship.

Irresistible #GOgier: double world champion in superb form

It does not get much better than that: Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia produced a perfect rally in Mexico. From the first metre to the last – the double world champions finished in the top three on 20 of the 21 special stages. They even clocked the fastest time on nine of the 21 stages. Ogier/Ingrassia moved into the lead just 5.61 kilometres into the rally and never surrendered that position. There was no lack of competition for the works drivers from Wolfsburg: as well as their team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila, Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai) and Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S, Citroën) were also heavily involved in what was an exciting battle for the lead.

Ogier/Ingrassia laid the foundation for their fifth victory in a row with a clever tyre selection on Friday, when they overcame the disadvantage of having to open the route and sweep the roads free of loose gravel by opting for a crossover mixture of hard and soft Michelin tyres. They made the most of their masterstroke with a flawless display of driving and navigating.

Third podium in succession – top performance from Mikkelsen/Fløene

Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene continued the success story they have been writing since the start of the season. They added a third podium at the Rally Mexico to the ones they had previously claimed at the Rally Monte Carlo and Rally Sweden. Lining up for the first time in the Polo R WRC at this rally, their third place finish propelled also them into second place in the Driver and Co-Drivers’ Championship. The key to their success was to drive safely, but at the same time fast. Despite the unique special stages in Mexico, on which experience is invaluable, they were always within reach of the leaders. In the end, Mikkelsen and Fløene finished just 6.3 seconds behind second-placed Mads Østberg.

Early set-back, slight consolation for Latvala/Anttila

Up to the twelfth special stage, they were the only ones able to match the pace of Ogier and Ingrassia: Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila. However, in trying to put their team-mates under pressure, they skidded into a bank with the rear of their Polo R WRC. The resulting suspension damage forced them to retire early on Saturday. Latvala/Anttila returned to action on Sunday, fighting their way back to claim six points for Volkswagen in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

The cherry on the cake: the only way is up, 21 times – “El Brinco” brings curtain down

Higher than anything in Europe – the entire Rally Mexico is held over 1,800 metres above sea level. For comparison: the highest point on the ten European rallies is 1,608 metres above sea level – on the “La Bollène-Vésubie–Sospel” stage at the Rally Monte Carlo. And the Rally Mexico is always a time for superlatives: the World Rally Cars reached the “roof of the WRC” at 2,752 metres on the “El Chocolate” special stage, while the final Sunday saw them complete the longest stage of the 2015 season – the 55.82-kilometre “Guanajuatito”. And then there was the emotional start in the silver mine city of Guanajuato, where the passionate fans ensured nobody was spared goosebumps.

The conditions on the special stages posed big challenges for the drivers and co-drivers. The road surface on the first of six gravel rallies in a row consisted of a mixture of loose sand on the one hand and rough, jagged gravel on the other. “Otates”, “Los Mexicanos”, “Ibarilla” and “Derramadero” are classics on the WRC calendar. The “El Brinco” Power Stage, with its famous and popular jump, provided a fitting finish. The three bonus points for the fastest time went to Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia, with Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene picking up two extra points for finishing second.

25 of 48, and 21 – fact finding at the Rally Mexico

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia’s success not only marked the 25th victory for the Polo R WRC in the World Rally Championship, but was also the 47th podium for Volkswagen since the manufacturer first entered its World Rally Car in 2013. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene finished third to add podium number 48. Volkswagen is now undefeated in the last seven WRC events. Since 2013, 373 of a possible 542 stage wins have gone to Wolfsburg. The Volkswagen drivers have also won 21 of the 28 Power Stages since 2013.

Quotes after day four of the Rally Mexico

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“Absolutely incredible! I am so happy and proud of this victory in Mexico. It is one of the best wins of my career. Julien and I had a perfect weekend, the Polo was fantastic, and the team did a magnificent job. We pushed like crazy from the word go in the cockpit, came up with the cleverest tyre selection on Friday – and were rewarded in the end. It is my third win in a row here. The Rally Mexico seems to be kind to me. And I love coming here. The route suits me, the countryside is fantastic, and the fans make the rally a great fiesta every year.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“All in all, the weekend obviously did not go to plan. I had hoped for more from my starting position, and did not manage to establish a rhythm over the course of the weekend. I tried to put as much pressure as possible on Ogier, which meant driving at the limit. My rally was over once I damaged the suspension. Fortunately I have a break now and have time to forget about the disappointing start to the season. I need to find my rhythm and then attack again in Argentina.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“Third place at the Rally Mexico plus two bonus points on the Power Stage – that is an absolutely fantastic result for us. We do not have an awful lot of experience of the special stages, so always set a safe pace. Our plan was to get through each special stage without making any mistakes. We executed that perfectly. I am totally happy with our rally. And second place in the championship does not look bad either.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“To win the Rally Mexico three times in a row is a fantastic effort. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia more than deserve this triumph for their outstanding display of driving and navigating. From tyre selection to a perfectly calculated risk strategy – it was a flawless rally from the two of them. However, they are not the only ones who have continued their superb start to the season: Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene have too. They produced a tactical masterclass and looked very good. You cannot forget that Andreas was making only his second appearance here and had hardly any experience of the special stages. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila made the best of the unfortunate situation after their crash yesterday and picked up some points for the team in the Manufacturers’ Championship. All in all, we are very happy with the outcome of the Rally Mexico.”

And then there was …

… a greeting from champion to champion. After Renaud Lavillenie added the European Indoor Championship to his collection of pole vault titles with a height of 6.04 metres at the weekend, Sébastien Ogier congratulated his fellow Frenchman on Facebook. Lavillenie had been a passenger on board Ogier’s Polo R WRC at the Rally Monte Carlo. Lavillenie is World Athlete of the Year and Olympic champion.

And then there was also …

… International Women’s Day on the Sunday of the rally, which was also celebrated by the International Automobile Federation FIA in León. In 2009 the FIA formed the “Women in Motorsport Commission”, of which Michèle Mouton is president, in order to support ladies in motorsport. Three ladies from Volkswagen also appeared in the official photo.

FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Mexico – Final Results

1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen 4h 19m 13.4s
2. Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Citroën + 1m 18.8s
3. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen + 1m 25.1s
4. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford + 3m 40.2s
5. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai + 5m 01.8s
6. Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek (CZ/CZ), Ford + 6m 36.1s
7. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel (Q/F), Ford + 14m 52.7s
8. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai + 22m 43.3s
9. Nicolas Fuchs/Fernando Musano (PE/RA), Ford + 22m 49.0s
10. Jari Ketomaa/Kaj Lindtsröm (FIN/FIN), Ford + 23m 10.2s

15. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 48m 48.6s
FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Mexico – Power Stage Results

1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen 6m 50.5s
2. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen + 5.6s
3. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai + 5.8s
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings
Drivers’ Championship
points
1. Sébastien Ogier 81
2. Andreas Mikkelsen 47
3. Thierry Neuville 35
4. Mads Østberg 32
5. Elfyn Evans 26
6. Jari-Matti Latvala 19
7. Dani Sordo 18
8. Martin Prokop 14
9. Ott Tänak 12
10. Hayden Paddon 10
11. Kris Meeke 10
12. Nasser Al-Attiyah 6
13. Sébastien Loeb 6
14. Yurii Protasov 2
15. Nicolás Fuchs 2
16. Jari Ketomaa 1
Manufacturers’ Championship
points
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 99
2. Hyundai Motorsport 75
3. M-Sport 48
4. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 42
5. Jipocar Czech National Team 20
6. Volkswagen Motorsport II 15
7.
Hyundai Motorsport N 3
8. FWRT 1

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC),

Rally Mexico – TV broadcast

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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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

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Rally Legend Sébastien Loeb joins “D-ream TEAM Peugeot-Total” © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

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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
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