Sébastien Loeb to drive Peugeot 2008 DKR at Dakar Rally
Daniel Elena (left) as well as Sébastien Loeb (right) will reunite for the Dakar Rally
The most successful driver inside history of the entire world Rally Championship can be to make his debut at the gruelling Dakar cross-country event in January
Sébastien Loeb will tackle the gruelling Dakar Rally for once in a Peugeot 2008 DKR in January 2016.
The Frenchman, a nine-time winner of the entire world Rally Championship, will be navigated by Daniel Elena, with whom he claimed all of his WRC successes.
Loeb as well as Elena will join a strong Team Peugeot Total line-up of which also includes Carlos Sainz, Stéphane Peterhansel as well as Cyril Despres.
This kind of year’s Dakar crosses Argentina as well as Bolivia over 13 days. Loeb had tested the 2008 DKR in Morocco in June, as well as he will return to the country to compete inside next round of the entire world Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, the Rallye du Maroc, on 3-9 October.
In Morocco, Sainz will drive the latest Peugeot 2008 DKR16 whereas Loeb will drive a 2015-specification car.
Loeb, who has been competing with Citroen inside entire world Touring Car Championship This kind of season, said: “The Dakar can be completely different via the racing I’m doing at the moment. the idea will be very long, more than two weeks, as well as you need to hold the endurance to look after the driver as well as the vehicle. the idea’s another approach to racing although I’ll discover of which in January.”
“When I tried the Peugeot 2008 DKR out in June, the idea was immediately very impressive for me – as well as of course the idea has changed a lot since then.
“What struck me most of all can be how the Dakar car was a completely completely new experience: inside WRC I have been used to going round obstacles although with This kind of car you can just drive straight over them, as well as the idea takes some time to hold the confidence to believe the idea. “I’ve also been used to having very detailed pace notes: in Cross Country, you have to find the road for yourself as well as improvise your route.
“as well as This kind of can be actually once I have driven any type of diesel car in competition too. So there can be a lot for me to learn, although I am eager to find out more.”
at This kind of point 41, Loeb can be arguably the greatest all-rounder inside modern sport, having competed with success in rallying, touring cars, sportscars as well as specialised events such as the Pikes Peak hill climb.
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