N°305 Car BAHRAIN RAID XTREME

SEBASTIEN LOEB

(fra) 1.71m / 68kg

Hobbies

sport automobile, hélicoptère

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

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

“5th place is not the goal”

In 2016, the greatest driver in rally history employed a modest approach that matched his discreet and reserved personality to take on the challenge that is the Dakar. But once behind the wheel of the Peugeot 2008 DKR, his immense talent spoke volumes. Very soon the question arose as to whether he would win in his first participation, as Ari Vatanen had done in 1987. But the French star made some mistakes, then in the following years, he experienced some disastrous navigation errors, the injury of his co-driver and mechanical breakdowns that shattered his plans for victory... in short, an array of setbacks that can unsettle title contenders on the Dakar. Nevertheless, after Peugeot called it a day the nine-time world champion kept at it. In 2019 and without the factory team behind him, but at the wheel of a 3008, prepared and entered by PH Sport, Loeb took his number of Dakar stage wins to 14 on his way to his second podium finish with an impressive 3rd place result in the toughest motor race in the world. After skipping the first edition in Saudi Arabia, he has joined forces with the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team, which is relying on the many-time WRC title-winning ProDrive structure. Still partnered with long-time co-driver Daniel Elena, “Seb” is also teaming with Nani Roma, who will be in the squad’s sister car. The eventual teething pains of the car will most likely pose the biggest threat to the two crews in their quest to battle at the sharp end of the order.

“There always difficult times on the Dakar, you wonder what you are doing here, but there's an adventurous side that allows you to go to incredible places that would be totally inaccessible without this race. So, when you return, there are still the amazing images and it makes you want to go back. The last time I did it I was pretty good even though we didn't win. I felt good in the car, I didn't get stuck in the sand, I was able to attack in the dunes whereas before I was just trying to get through them. I hope I can find the same feeling this time out.
The first tests we did with ProDrive were pretty good, we didn't have many problems. We didn't damage the engine, gearbox, transmission or shock absorbers. I'm quite happy about that and it drives pretty much like the cars I'm used to driving in WRC. It's a 4x4 whereas the Peugeot was a two-wheel drive buggy that was certainly more versatile on rough terrain. So, it's very different but it seems good to me, in any case I enjoy driving it. The objective is to fight for the win and to do that the car has to be reliable, I hope it will be the case. We know very well that the cars that are finished being built in October and arrive at the Dakar in January rarely win. I don't think that ever happens. Despite everything, I hope that it will work from the start and that we will perform well. In any case, the goal isn't 5th place".

Vehicle

BAHRAIN RAID XTREME

  • Mark : PRODRIVE
  • Model : HUNTER
  • Performance tuner : Prodrive
  • Assistance : BRX
  • Class : T1.1 petrol modified A-T 4x4

Ranking 2021

Scratch Stage General
0 10 10 10
1 17 17 17
2 6 6 7
3 5 5 6
4 7 7 7
5 20 20 10
6 54 54 44
7 42 42 43
8 - - -
9 - - -
10 - - -
11 - - -
12 - - -

All news of S. Loeb

Newsflashes - 11/01 12:21 [GMT +3] - Auto

Another blow for Loeb

Bad luck has again struck Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena! The BRX duo has ground to a halt after 81 km of the special with two punctures and no available spare wheel…

Newsflashes - 11/01 11:27 [GMT +3] - Auto

Loeb at a standstill

Sébastien Loeb was 32nd to start and had enjoyed an excellent start to the special, reaching the first intermediate point in ninth position, only 2’18’’ behind stage leader Nasser Al-Attiyah. However, after 43 km approximately, the Frenchman has again been halted by a mechanical problem, obliging him to stop and try to repair.

Newsflashes - 11/01 10:46 [GMT +3] - Auto

Loeb prepares the future for his BRX

Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena again came up against misfortune yesterday, breaking a wheel hub just a few kilometres from the finishing line. Nevertheless, the crew were able to repair and finish the stage. For Loeb and Elena, their aim is now to reach the bivouac this evening and to continue developing and fine-tuning their BRX. As for Nani Roma, also behind...

Newsflashes - 10/01 15:20 [GMT +3] - Auto

Another stroke of bad luck for Loeb

Sébastien Loeb and his co-driver Daniel Elena have again stopped in the Saudi desert about 30 kilometres from the finish. The two Frenchmen have broken one of their BRX's hubs and are doing their best to fix it.

Newsflashes - 08/01 13:26 [GMT +3] - Auto

Broken suspension arm for Loeb!

It is more or less a case of what a difference a day does not make for Sébastien Loeb… The Frenchman has just broken a suspension arm after 97 km and is awaiting his assistance team, making this a difficult return to the Dakar for the nine times WRC champion!

Newsflashes - 08/01 12:07 [GMT +3] - Auto

Loeb wants to reverse the trend

On his arrival at the bivouac yesterday, Sébastien Loeb could not hide his disappointment. The Frenchman, who lost almost one hour, no longer has any choice and wants to reverse the trend that is preventing him from showing his true talents. However, as the 19th car to start, the man from Alsace will again have to deal with the dust kicked up by his rivals,...

Newsflashes - 07/01 18:15 [GMT +3] - Auto

A difficult stage for Loeb

Sébastien Loeb, with a 5’ minute penalty from yesterday after exceeding the speed limit and navigational worries at the beginning of the special, did his utmost on this stage to claw back the time he has lost. However, it was all in vain: the gap with the summit of the rally never dipped below 50 minutes. In the general standings, the nine times WRC champion...

Newsflashes - 07/01 11:05 [GMT +3] - Auto

Tough times for Loeb

Sébastien Loeb is experiencing major difficulties on the first portion of stage five. After losing half an hour at the first time check point on the special, he has lost almost twice as much at the second!

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