N°211 Car BAHRAIN RAID XTREME

SEBASTIEN LOEB

(fra) 1.71m / 68kg

Hobbies

Sport automobile, hélicoptère

Sponsors

Red Bull, BRX, Sébastien Loeb Racing

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

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

Interview

“We will compete on equal terms”

The greatest rally driver in history adopted a modest approach in 2016 to match his discreet and reserved personality to tackle the Dakar challenge. But once he got behind the wheel of his Peugeot 2008 DKR, his driving spoke for themselves. The question quickly arose as to whether he would win his first Dakar, as Ari Vatanen had done in 1987. But the French star crashed out, and then in the following years, he experienced crucial navigation errors, injury of his co-driver and mechanical breakdowns that shattered his plans for victory... in short, a panoply of problems that can hamper the title contenders on the Dakar. However, the nine-time World Rally Champion never gives up and soldiered on after Peugeot's withdrawal. First in 2019 in a 3008 entered by PH Sport, with which he scored a second Dakar podium (3rd). Then last year, he was attracted to the ambitious Bahrain Raid Xtreme project run by the ProDrive team that has won many WRC titles. The verdict of this first participation was mixed but still encouraging for a new car, knowing that although Loeb retired, his teammate "Nani" Roma finished fifth in the general classification in the twin BRX Hunter. For the 2022 edition, he will count on the work done by the team and on a change in the regulations to balance out the field of play among the leading teams to get the better of Peterhansel, Al Attiyah and Sainz. No longer associated with Daniel Elena, with whom he won all his WRC victories and 14 stages in four Dakar participations, Loeb has secured the services of Belgian veteran co-driver Fabian Lurquin, who contributed to Mathieu Serradori's 8th place in 2020. If things go according to Hoyle, the rallying world's natural-born winner could target his first world rally-raid championship title, which would be his 10th!

“Last year, in terms of performance, we were not out of our depth compared to the Toyotas, and we had some good days. As for reliability, we only had minor problems, but we paid dearly for them. Generally speaking, it was encouraging, and what we learned will help us this year. The rule changes have forced us to make a very different car, but we kept the same baseline. For everything concerning the engine and the electronics, we are not starting from scratch. From now on, we will race on equal terms, unlike last year when the buggies had an advantage. But there are still many other parameters to be understood on the Dakar. I haven't worked much with Fabian Lurquin, but there are still a few weeks to go, and I think we will get along fine. I haven't done any rally-raids besides the Baja Aragon, so we will have to get back into it. For sure, compared to Nasser Al Attiyah, who races a lot, it's different. But in 2019, I had hardly done any racing, and it went fine. For the world championship, it's tempting, but I have a lot of programs on the stove. I will decide after the Dakar”.

Vehicle

BAHRAIN RAID XTREME

PRODRIVE HUNTER
BAHRAIN RAID XTREME

  • PRODRIVE
  • HUNTER
  • Prodrive
  • BRX
  • 4×4 Petrol and Diesel

Ranking 2022

All news of S. Loeb

Reactions - 14/01 15:18 [GMT +3] - Car

Sébastien Loeb: "We still managed to put up a fight"

The French driver spent almost the entire rally playing catch up to Nasser Al-Attiyah, but he finished his sixth Dakar in second place, matching his result from 2017, when he bent the knee to Stéphane Peterhansel.

"I think we had a great rally. We ran into trouble at the beginning and, seeing the differences there were in the stages of the...

Reactions - 13/01 17:28 [GMT +3] - Car

Sébastien Loeb: “Second place, it’s not so bad”

Nasser Al-Attiyah’s nearest pursuer was only able to recover 4 minutes on the day’s stage and prefers to look at the positive side of being runner-up.

“We drove a very good stage, with good navigation and a good rhythm. We did what we could. It has been a great stage again. At the moment we are still in second place, it’s not...

Reactions - 12/01 15:42 [GMT +3] - Car

Sébastien Loeb: "The Audis are always faster"

Fifth in the stage at 4′25″, Loeb cut his deficit to Al-Attiyah by a minute and now trails the Qatari by 32′40″.

"Overall, it was a good day. We spent a minute and a half hovering around a waypoint, but other than that, it went great. In the end, the difference with Nasser was small, but that's normal, we spent the whole stage...

Reactions - 11/01 14:24 [GMT +3] - Car

Sébastien Loeb: “I need to regain some time”

Though not satisfied with second place in the general rankings, the BRX Hunter driver admits that he has little room for manoeuvre to claw back the 39 minutes that separate him from Nasser Al Attiyah.

“We did a good stage, I think. We pushed hard, from the start to the end. There were no mistakes with the navigation, but one little puncture...

Reactions - 10/01 14:30 [GMT +3] - Car

Sébastien Loeb: “We tried really hard from the start”

The BRX team driver is continuing his game of cat and mouse behind Nasser Al Attiyah: 7 minutes won today, but still a deficit of 35 minutes in the general rankings.

“It was not easy. We pushed really hard from the start until the end because we were opening the road, so we just wanted to stay ahead and not have Nasser following. We tried really...

Summary - 09/01 19:02 [GMT +3]

Dakar 2022 - Stage 7 | Cornejo back in the game as Loeb turns into a man on a mission

FOCUS

David Castera had warned that stages 7 and 8 would be huge. The competitors tackled over 400 km of racing today and face a similar distance tomorrow.

However, the Dakar "starts when you wake up and ends when you go to bed", as biker Lorenzo Santolino put it at the end of the special. Stage 6 winner Daniel Sanders has definitely learnt this lesson after crashing...

Reactions - 09/01 16:33 [GMT +3] - Car

Sébastien Loeb: "There is no strategy"

The BRX driver took the special and vaulted past Yazeed Al-Rajhi to reclaim his spot as Nasser Al-Attiyah's closest rival… albeit still 45 minutes back.

"We had a fantastic special until 50 kilometres before the line, when we started having engine problems. It just sputtered on, off and on again… We lost a lot of time near...

Reactions - 07/01 12:58 [GMT +3] - Car

Sébastien Loeb: “We lost too much time”

After having made a navigation mistake, the crew of Loeb and Lurquin have finally reached the rest day in 3rd position in the general rankings, more than 50 minutes behind Nasser Al-Attiyah.

“It was a complicated day. We got lost after 100 km, or something like this. We lost quite a lot of time and after that we tried to push to try to close...

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