(fra) 1.71m / 68kg


sport automobile, hélicoptère


Red Bull, BRX, Sébastien Loeb Racing

2023 : 2e (7 victoires d’étapes)
2022 : 2e (2 victoires d’étapes)
2021 : Abandon étape 8
2019 : 3e (4 victoires d’étapes)
2018 : Abandon (1 victoire d’étapes)
2017 : 2e (5 victoires d’étapes)
2016 : 9e (4 victoires d’étapes)

2023 : Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (11e) / Sonora Rally (ab.) / Rallye du Maroc (49e). W2RC : 4e
2022 : Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (8e) / Rallye du Maroc (56e) / Andalucia Rally (1er). W2RC : 2e
2021 : Baja Aragon (7e) / Championnat Extreme-E
Neuf fois champion du monde WRC (en 2001 et de 2004 à 2012)
3e du championnat du monde WTCC (en 2014 et 2015)
2e des 24 Heures du Mans (2006)
4e du championnat du monde de Rallycross (en 2017)
Vainqueur de Pikes Peak en 2013


“A steady sprint in which you never let up”

The greatest rally driver of all time adopted a modest profile in 2016, in keeping with his discreet and reserved temperament, to tackle the challenge offered by the Dakar. His driving skills wreaked havoc once he got into his Peugeot 2008 DKR. The question quickly arose as to whether he would manage to win in his first appearance, as Ari Vatanen had done in 1987. But the Alsatian crashed out of the rally. In the years that followed, he suffered from navigation errors that made victory impossible, the injury of his co-driver, mechanical breakdowns that shattered his plans for victory... in short, a complete panoply of problems that can disrupt the title contenders on the Dakar. However, the nine-time world champion has never given up and was back after the end of the Peugeot adventure. First in 2019 in a 3008, this time entered by PH Sport, with which he scored a 2nd podium finish on the Dakar (3rd). In 2021, he was seduced by the ambitious project of the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team, based on the ProDrive structure that has won many WRC titles. It was behind the wheel of the Hunter that Loeb became the most serious and consistent challenger to Nasser Al Attiyah, whom he immediately followed in the general classification of the last two editions of the Dakar and with whom he battled throughout the first two seasons of the W2RC. The Frenchman has put his best foot forward in the role of hunter that he has played during the past two Januarys, particularly in 2023, since in his chase, he managed to win seven stages, six in a row, leaving little doubt as to the ability of the duo that formed with Fabian Lurquin to remain competitive even when he has to open a stage. Although he didn't battle at the same level as last year on the various rounds of the W2RC with his great rival, the fact remains that their duel is shaping up again, more so as the transfer market has led Al Attiyah to change teams. The two favourites will fight on equal terms this time, and neither is happy to finish runner-up. Victory on the Dakar is the title missing from Loeb's trophy cabinet.

S.L.: “What I remember from the last Dakar is that this second place is motivating for the future because we were competitive. We now have to put everything together to win. Of course, it's not easy to beat Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel. They hardly make any mistakes. To do that, they'd have to have a few little problems. The worst thing is that he always keeps something in reserve. I don't know what it would be like if he was on maximum attack. With the progress made to the cars, which are increasingly solid and efficient, you can pass almost anywhere at very high speed, you don't crash in the dunes any more, and the race has become a very long and steady sprint, in which you never let up We have very few options for calming things down and trying to manage.
Now we'll have the same car, but I'm not sure that will change much in our rivalry. We'll have the same advantages and the same disadvantages. I know he likes to be the Hunter. So, he'll be terribly fast. And Nasser is the one who is most capable of lining up stage wins and maintaining a consistent level. But we'll also have a lot of competition from Toyota, and the Audis may well be in the mix. There are also some youngsters coming through with real ambitions. It's going to be a great show”.




  • Prodrive
  • BRX
  • T1+: Prototype Cross-Country Cars 4x4

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Summary - 17/01 17:25 [GMT +3]

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Sébastien Loeb: "It's a bit frustrating"

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Summary - 16/01 17:14 [GMT +3]

Van Beveren and Loeb go on all-out attack


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