2017 : 2ème (5 victoires d’étapes)
2016 : 9ème (4 victoires d’étapes)
2017 : Silk Way Rally (Ab.) ; Rallye du Maroc (2ème) ; Championnat du monde de Rallycross (4e)
2016 : Silk Way Rally (7ème) ; Championnat du monde de Rallycross (1 victoire à Riga)
2015 : WTCC, 3ème du championnat du monde
2014 : WTCC, 3ème du championnat du monde
2013 : Victoire à Pikes Peak, record de l’ascension
2004-2013 : 9 titres de champion du monde WRC, 78 victoires
The modest approach that Sébastien Loeb took in his new challenge in 2016 matched his inconspicuous and reserved personality. But once he strapped into his Peugeot 2008 DKR for his maiden Dakar, his talent spoke for itself. Right from the first ‘real’ special stage, he showed why he is the greatest driver in rally history. His sense for the racing line was a major asset on the WRC type tracks in Argentina and Loeb brought the French firm another stage victory the following day. He then found himself leading the Dakar general classification at the end of the opening week. But things then took a different turn. On a dune sector on the Belen stage, the Alsace native made a mistake and rolled his car. On this day, his rally-raid learning curve was dealt a blow, but it wasn’t enough discourage him. He went on to win a fourth stage and finish 9th overall. In 2017, the progress of the Loeb and long-time co-drive Daniel Elena put them in a position to battle Stéphane Peterhansel for the win just until the day before the arrival. But on the tracks where drove some of his greatest stages in the WRC, near Cordoba, his chance for victory was dashed by a simple puncture when the two minutes that separated him from ‘Peter’ seemed possible to make up. Entered in the Silk Way Rally and the Morocco Rally during the season, Loeb still hasn’t taken his first rally-raid victory. But he has come very close!
S.L.: “I am very satisfied with the speed with which we have adapted to this discipline, even though we still need to be more consistent in order to turn into a win. All throughout the year (the 2017 Dakar, Silk Way Rally and Morocco Rally), we have proven that we are among the best and we are close to the goal. That is to say, we have only done six rally-raids and clearly we still lack a bit of experience compared to the others…The Peugeot 3008DKR was an excellent car but, as drivers, we keep asking for more performance. The Peugeot Sport engineers have pushed the limits with the new 3008DKR Maxi. It is not only reliable but also capable of going everywhere. It is a delight to drive, I feel really confident to push. It has improved, as have Daniel and I in all areas. The Dakar is, by definition, unpredictable and we have a very good chance to win it this year.”
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The Peugeot driver got stuck twice in the first special of today's stage before an injury to co-driver Daniel Elena forced Loeb to withdraw.
"The sand was extremely loose. We got stuck once and managed to get going again. In another part of the race, we got to a crest where another car was stuck. We were following Nasser and saw him go over, so we did the same, but I hadn't...
Sébastien Loeb has just told the organisers he will not be continuing the 2018 Dakar. Daniel Elena, his co-driver, is unable to continue for health reasons. The Alsatian driver will not make it to the end of his third Dakar.
The Alsatian driver managed to finish the first special of stage 5 after receiving help from a truck, but he is unlikely to start the second one after co-driver Daniel Elena was injured on the descent from a dune. "He screams as soon as I go over 30 km/h, I can't see how we can go on like this", explains Loeb. Daniel Elena first felt the pain in his breastbone, but his tailbone...
Sébastien Loeb has possibly lost all hope of winning this year's Dakar. Getting stuck in the dunes for almost 3 hours will send the former WRC driver spiralling down the classification.
Sébastien Loeb is stuck in the sand for the second time today. The Peugeot driver is not alone, with Cyril Despres, Jakub Przygonski, Carlos Sousa, Giniel De Villiers, Boris Garafulic and Miguel Yacopini stuck just a few metres away!
The Peugeot driver has won his 10th stage on the Dakar and his first in 2018.
“It was important not to lose time every day. I didn't really want to open the road tomorrow, but in the end it will be like this. We will see. It will be a tricky day. Today was a good stage. It was very long and really difficult with some complicated...
Sébastien Loeb has had to wait until the fourth day of the rally to display his wealth of talent and pick up a fine stage victory. The man from Alsace has beaten Carlos Sainz by 1’35’’and Stéphane Peterhansel, who slowed his pace in the last few kilometres, by 3’16’’. Peterhansel still leads in...
Stéphane Peterhansel is continuing his duel for the lead on this special with Sébastien Loeb and has managed to gain some time from his Peugeot team-mate. It looks very likely that the two men will contest the stage victory today, whilst Carlos Sainz lies in third place, slightly more than five minutes behind. It has been a catastrophic...
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