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One-two-three win!
Latvala, Ogier and Mikkelsen celebrate triumphant Rally Portugal for Volkswagen.


Latvala beats Ogier and Mikkelsen – Rally Portugal exciting down to the wire.
Third one-two-three win overall for Polo R WRC in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
First time a manufacturer has ever secured the maximum points in all three WRC standings.


24 May 2015

As good as it gets: Volkswagen got a triumphant one-two-three win in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), seeing them celebrate the most successful rally in the history of the Polo R WRC. In Portugal, at the fifth event of the season, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) won ahead of their team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), and with the triple success on the power stage, also secured the maximum number of points in all three WRC standings for the works team from Wolfsburg. This makes Volkswagen the first manufacturer to achieve this since the introduction of the special stage for which bonus points are awarded to the top three. The total of 122 championship points for the drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ standings were the icing on the cake of an extremely exciting Rally Portugal, in which all four manufacturers – alongside Volkswagen, the teams of Citroën, Hyundai and M-Sport-Ford – fought for the lead, and a four-way battle for the podium kept thousands upon thousands of enthusiastic fans on tenterhooks right to the end.

During the Rally Portugal, the Volkswagen brand board members Dr. Arno Antlitz (Controlling and Accounting) and Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer (Technical Development) paid a visit to the works team. Dr. Neußer and Dr. Antlitz are regular guests in the service parks. Dr. Antlitz was also on site at the team’s Rally Dakar win in 2011. «The one-two-three win in Portugal is a magnificent success for Volkswagen. It underlines that the drivers and co-drivers, the whole team, and the Polo R WRC were once again the measure of all things, in extremely difficult conditions for both drivers and cars,» said Dr. Neußer, who is also responsible for Volkswagen’s involvement in motorsport. «At the same time, the open contest for the win proved just how fascinating the sport on offer in the World Rally Championship is – a first-class stage for our cars. I am proud of the whole team.»

Thrilling final: only 0.065 percent made the difference

Advantage Latvala on Friday, pursuit Ogier on Saturday and Sunday: A thrilling duel for the win intensified right up to the closing special stage, the legendary classic «Fafe», with the win going to Latvala with an advantage of 8.2 seconds. 10.4 seconds separated Jari-Matti Latvala and Sébastien Ogier going into the final special stage. Only a further 16.4 seconds placed Andreas Mikkelsen in third. In the end, only 28.6 seconds separated the top three – converted to a distance, this was 0.2 percent of the kilometres of special stages covered. And only 0.065 percent between Latvala and Ogier.

On marbles – Volkswagen drivers conquer new territory in difficult conditions

The conditions in Portugal proved difficult for drivers, co-drivers and World Rally Cars. For the first time since 2001, the Rally Portugal was held in the north of the country again, proving to be new territory for the majority of competitors. The special stages were covered in a thick layer of loose gravel, which produced more grip with every World Rally Car that covered the track. The tyre selection proved to be a challenge. The fastest option was the soft compound of the Michelin competition tyres. With the quantity of soft and hard compounds available, the trick was also to economise wisely over the four days of rallying.

A matter of honour: 172 plus one – Finland ahead of France in the nations ranking

The duel between Jari-Matti Latvala and Sébastien Ogier in Portugal was also the duel for the lead in the battle of the nations in the all-time rankings of the WRC. Going into the fifth event of the season, the two most successful countries in WRC history were level-pegging. Jari-Matti Latvala’s win saw Finland retain the upper hand. The Volkswagen drivers Latvala and Ogier are the only regular starters for their countries in the WRC elite and are fighting this prestigious battle amongst themselves with identical equipment. Ahead of the upcoming WRC events, Finland is now slightly ahead with 173 wins, France has 172 to its name.

It was also a successful rally for Portugal. With Jari-Matti Latvala, his long-term chief mechanic Jose Azevedo da Silva and his mechanic Rui Cabeda won their home rally. Also to the delight of the thousands upon thousands of fans along the rally routes and in the service park, who despite their great passion for the sport, stuck to the strict safety zones, enabling a successful Rally Portugal.

Best result of the season: eleven number ones – stage wins for Volkswagen, one special win for Ogier

Volkswagen secured eleven of the 15 possible stage best times at the Rally Portugal – and in this respect, also achieved the record of the season (73.33 percent). In light of the regulation changes to the starting order for 2015, the previous record of the season stood at 66.66 percent – achieved in Sweden and Argentina. Volkswagen have bagged a total of 392 out of 569 possible best times since January 2013 (69 percent).

Furthermore, for the 23rd time in 30 power stages, it was one of the Volkswagen duos who picked up the three bonus points for the best time – Ogier/Ingrassia. Out of 87 chances to pick up bonus points since the Rally Monte Carlo in 2013, the drivers from Wolfsburg have capitalised on this 52 times.

Milestone achieved – 48 plus three equals 51 podium finishes for the Polo R WRC

Latvala, Ogier and Mikkelsen finished in first, second and third to add podium finishes 49 to 51 to Volkswagen’s name. This saw the works team from Wolfsburg achieve another milestone on their 31st start in the WRC with the Polo R WRC.

Advantage Wolfsburg – lead extended in all three WRC standings

Ogier ahead of Mikkelsen – Volkswagen has regained a one-two lead in the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings. Ogier leads with 105 points, with Mikkelsen behind (63). Jari-Matti Latvala’s win sees him move up from ninth into fifth place – he now has 46 points to his name. In the manufacturers’ standings, Volkswagen is 43 points ahead of Citroën, making them as far ahead as the maximum number of points for a manufacturer per rally.

Quotes, day 04 Rally Portugal

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“We can be proud of our performance this weekend. Julien and I really did not have easy conditions here in Portugal, but we still made the most of what we had. From a driving point of view, that was possibly one of my best rallies. And second place extends our lead in the World Championship. That is important. Congratulations to Jari-Matti, who was particularly strong on the all-important penultimate stage. I would obviously have preferred to pick up my fifth win and pulled level with Markku Alén, but in the end it was not worth risking everything. The World Championship remains our priority. I would like to thank the fans, whose enthusiasm makes this rally so special.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“That was a very important win! Not just for me, but for the entire team. That was the right response to the poor result in Argentina. For me personally, it was important to get back in the points after my long lean period – and to do that with a win is awesome. It was an exciting battle with Sébastien Ogier, who really put us under pressure. However, I resisted it at the crucial moment. Thank you to my team for their work and support when things were not running so smoothly lately. I am looking forward to the next rallies.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“I am really happy and delighted with my own performance. However, I am even more pleased with the new Polo R WRC, which I drove for the first time here. What an incredible car Volkswagen has built! It behaved exactly as I would want it to under every circumstance and is just great to drive. We were constantly operating within ourselves this weekend, so as to avoid any major mistakes, and were ultimately right with our tyre selection. Third place and a point from the Power Stage is a great result and I am particularly pleased for the team that we made it a one-two-three. Between us, we could not have done a better job. It is a great feeling to have been involved and to have done my bit.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“What a great reaction from the entire team here in Portugal after the huge disappointment in Argentina! Portugal was Volkswagen’s most successful rally since we lined up with the Polo R WRC, and a lot of people have made a valuable contribution to this outstanding triumph – particularly our drivers and co-drivers. Jari-Matti Latvala produced a strong, mature display and, like Sébastien Ogier, made the most of what he had to play with. This time Seb just missed out. Andreas Mikkelsen also put in a very fine performance on his debut with the second-generation Polo R WRC. I take my hat off to all three. They once again had a dream team behind them, who did a flawless job. Every one of them did their utmost to banish the memory of Argentina. I am incredibly proud of our team.”

And then there was …

… a great honour for the 2014 Polo R WRC. It lined up alongside such legendary cars as the Lancia Stratos, Porsche 911, Renault Alpine and the Ford Escort in an exhibition of historic rally cars at the Rally Portugal. With a win rate of almost 84 per cent, the reigning world champion car from Wolfsburg is currently the most successful model in the history of rallying.

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

1. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen 3h 30m 35.3s
2. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen + 8.2s
3. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen + 28.6s
4. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), Citroën + 48.7s
5. Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST), Ford + 1m 56.8s
6. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai + 2m 27.9s
7. Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Citroën + 2m 32.2s
8. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai + 2m 54.3s
9. Robert Kubica/Maciej Szczepaniak (PL/PL), Ford + 4m 39.1s
10. Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek (CZ/CZ), Ford + 7m 31.2s
FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Portugal – Power Stage Results

1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen 6m 43.0s
2. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 2.2s
3. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen + 4.0s
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings
Drivers’ Championship
1. Sébastien Ogier 105
2. Andreas Mikkelsen 63
3. Mads Østberg 57
4. Kris Meeke 47
5. Jari-Matti Latvala 46
6. Elfyn Evans 41
7. Dani Sordo 38
8. Thierry Neuville 35
9. Martin Prokop 27
10. Ott Tänak 23
11. Hayden Paddon 14
12. Khalid Al-Qassimi 8
13. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari 6
14. Nasser Al-Attiyah 6
15. Sébastien Loeb 6
16. Diego Dominguez 4
17. Yurii Protasov 2
18. Nicolás Fuchs 2
19. Gustavo Saba 2
20. Robert Kubica 2
21. Jari Ketomaa 1
Manufacturers’ Championship
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 146
2. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 103
3. Hyundai Motorsport 94
4. M-Sport 81
5. Jipocar Czech National Team 34
6. Volkswagen Motorsport II 30
Hyundai Motorsport N 13
8. FWRT 3

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC),
Rally Portugal – TV broadcast

Western Europe
Andorra (Canal +); Austria (ORF, Servus TV, Sport1, N-TV,; Belgium (Canal +, RTBF); Denmark (Viasat); Europe (MOTORS TV); Finland (YLE, Nelonen); France (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21); Germany (Sport1, N-TV, Servus 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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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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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.


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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Rally Legend Sébastien Loeb joins “D-ream TEAM Peugeot-Total”.

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

29 September 2015

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

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

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.”











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