After a hiatus in 2020, the French Sébastien Loeb returns to Dakar rally, a competition that featured him during the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions. nine-time WRC champion will compete with a prototype of the Bahrain raid Xtreme, the brand new team that put together David Richards.
Despite the accumulated experience, he knows that the race to be held in Saudi Arabia 3 15 of the January. “I am in a new project with BRX and with a new car. When you start a rally like this with a new vehicle, it is always difficult, there are always surprises. So you try to use the experience you have to go through each condition. At the moment it is going well, so I hope it is enough, but nobody knows ”, affirmed the Gaul, who will have the Spanish Nani Rome as a teammate.
Beyond this present, Loeb is convinced that he has a good level to aspire to victory, one of his great objectives. “What brings me back to the Dakar is that every time I think about the race I have great memories in my mind. The last time I did it (2019) we were not far from being able to win it. So the motivation is back ”explained Seb, who was close in 2017 when he finished second.
“If you look at two years ago when I raced my last Dakar with the private team (NdeR: PH Sport) it was really competitive. I was a long time ahead in the stages, but we had some mechanical problems that caused us to lose a lot of time. But I know I have the potential to fight for victory. Of course you need to put everything together and that is not easy… ”, analyzed.
Loeb also knows that achieving a victory in the Dakar rally would be a very outstanding result in his campaign, beyond all the scrolls achieved in the WRC: “I am sure that it would occupy a prominent place because winning a Dakar is a lot of work. It's not like a one-hour race, it's a two-week race and that's just amazing. You have to work hard. It is one of the most important competitions in the world so I am sure it would be in a very high rank ”.