When you’re a nine-time World Rally Champion and WTCC race winner who’s tested an F1 car and finished on the podium at Le Mans, there isn’t much else you can do to prove yourself. But for Sebastien Loeb it seems there is still one challenge remaining – he’s going to take on the mighty Dakar rally.
FoS star Loeb, who also holds the outright hill record at Pikes Peak, will join fellow multiple WRC champ Carlos Sainz (father of the F1 racer) in what Peugeot is calling their ‘Dream Team’ to tackle the dunes of South America. A squad that also includes 11-time Dakar champ Stéphane Peterhansel.
Loeb, 41, won a staggering 78 rallies in an astonishing off-road career, standing atop the podium in a jaw-dropping 46 per cent of the WRC rounds he entered. Now he will team-up once more with Sainz, who partnered him at Citroen in 2003 and ’04.
As we revealed last week Peugeot’s awesome 2008DKR has also received the same level of tune-up as their driver lineup, the results of which you can see here. The new car will make its debut in Morocco next week in the hands of Sainz while Loeb will taste his first competitive cross-country rally in the 2015 car we saw at FoS earlier this year.
Speaking after the announcement Loeb said: ‘I only discovered motor sport when I was 18 and I started competing in my first rallies. Since then I have been interested in all types of different motor sports and Dakar is one of them. I think it’s a great challenge to go and compete there and drive in the desert.
‘The Dakar is completely different from the racing I’m doing at the moment. It will be very long, over two weeks, and you need to have the endurance to look after the driver and the car. It’s another approach to racing but I’ll discover that in January.’
Maybe after that he can come back and have another go at our hill record?