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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
He looked haggard, disappointed in having dropped out of the rally after just five stages. Last year, at the Arequipa bivouac in Peru, Sébastien Loeb retired for the first time in three Dakar participations, his last with the Peugeot Sport team. Before returning to France he confided with a wink in his eye that “Carlos Sainz has won the Dakar at the age of 50, and I am only 43, anything is still possible.” However, with the withdrawal of Peugeot his rally-raid future was a bit cloudy. Yet, to the surprise of everyone, the rally legend announced he would be back this year. Now as a privateer, he will be behind the wheel of the same 3008 DKR that he won five stages and finished runner-up with in 2017. This year, with a shortened preparation time, the nine-time world rally champion will once again take on the taxing Peruvian dunes, where he retired last year. But Loeb is not the type of guy to back down from a challenge, as was the case this year with his three runs in the WRC and his victory in Spain this past October, his first rally win in five years. Sébastien Loeb still knows how to win and will be keen to prove it on this year’s Dakar.
“To take part in this 2019 Dakar with Daniel is a fantastic challenge. I am ready for the adventure, as I was in my three appearances in the WRC this year. This year, I am with a privateer team. Taking the rules changes into consideration, I could not drive this year’s 3008. So, we will be in the 2017 version that will have an engine with a few of the 2018 changes. Obviously, there will be some new cars racing against us. We have no idea how competitive we will be. Several teams will have a shot at winning and I hope we are one of them. I like the dunes. We will probably be less prepared than our rivals, but I haven’t forgotten everything I have learned these past three years. I am still hungry for success!”
Second on the last special and winner of four stages on the rally, Sébastien Loeb climbed onto the third step of the podium in Lima, despite many problems that seriously hindered his progress.
“It was overall a good rally because we finished on the podium, but we could have expected better. Globally, we were the fastest duo in the entire rally. But some troubles...
Sébastien Loeb is now 44 seconds behind Carlos Sainz after 50 kilometres. The Peugeot driver will be battling to the end for on e more stage victory!
The PH-Sport driver conceded 1 h 15 today, but he is still on the provisional podium between Nani Roma and Jakub Przygoński.
"I think we were doing a really good stage, pushing hard from the start, but at kilometre 250 or something like this we had a broken transmission. We had to change it, it's quite tough to do, but we have a spare one, so we changed it. Maybe...
Sébastien Loeb has finally completed stage 9. The Frenchman conceded 1 h 15 to today's victor, Nasser Al-Attiyah, but kept his third place overall two hours behind the leader of the Toyota team.
Sébastien Loeb has been working on his Peugeot no. 306 at km 276 for over 20 minutes now.
Sébastien Loeb's impeccable performance is ruined! The Frenchman had to stop for over 20 minutes on the dunes. He's back on the move now, but the stage win is in jeopardy.
Sébastien Loeb continues his triumphant march on the dunes of Pisco with a lead of 9′12″ on Cyril Despres. Nasser Al-Attiyah is third on the road at 9′34″.
Sébastien Loeb continues to gain time on his rivals, with Cyril Despres at 5'45" and Jakub Przygoński at 7'04". Nasser Al-Attiyah is still racing conservatively at 8'09".
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