April 17, 2024

Is it all over for Loeb?

Will this new attempt be the right one for Sébastien Loeb? The former WRC master is getting ready to take on the Dakar again, starting on Friday January 5. The rally will once again take place in Saudi Arabia, and the Frenchman will once again have to contend with competition from Nasser Al-Attiyah, five-time winner of the event and the Alsatian’s tormentor over the last two year…

Will this new attempt be the right one for Sébastien Loeb? The former WRC master is getting ready to take on the Dakar again, starting on Friday January 5. The rally will once again take place in Saudi Arabia, and the Frenchman will once again have to contend with competition from Nasser Al-Attiyah, five-time winner of the event and the Alsatian’s tormentor over the last two years.

But the situation will be different this time, as the Qatari driver, who has built up his last three victories at the wheel of a Toyota, has joined Prodrive, the structure where Sébastien Loeb officiates. And the objerodrive with Mathieu because I think they’ll be one of the best teams in the sport. Over the years, I’ve won with three different manufacturers in rally-raid, and winning with a fourth car is a huge goal for us. We’re really looking forward to it.

Sébastien Loeb, who will be driving a Dacia from 2025 onwards, is hoping to put an end to the terrible curse that has afflicted him on the Dakar, having had to make do with three second places and one third place in seven appearances. It’s the first time I’ll be teaming up with Seb on the Dakar, but I already know him very well. He’s a great driver and has shown incredible speed over the last two years. I hope that one of them is now my main objective, he said. Despite the competition from Audi, the Dakar 2024 could finally be in the former WRC driver’s sights.