Is it over for Loeb?

Is it over for Loeb?

The next Dakar will be the occasion of a great first for Sébastien Loeb, cursed on the greatest of Rally-Raids. This time, he will compete on equal terms with Nasser Al-Attiyah, five-time winner of the event. The perfect opportunity to end this curse.

Will this new attempt be the right one for Sébastien Loeb? The former master of the WRC is preparing to attack the Dakar again, from which he will start on Friday January 5. A Rally which will once again take place in Saudi Arabia and where the Frenchman will once again have to deal with competition from Nasser Al-Attiyah, five-time winner of the event and tormentor of the Alsatian for the last two years.

But the situation will be different this time since the Qatari driver, who achieved his last three victories at the wheel of a Toyota, has joined Prodrive, the structure where Sébastien Loeb officiates. And the objective is clear for Nasser Al-Attiyah: to lead the Hunter to his first victory on the Dakar. “ It’s a very special feeling to arrive at Prodrive because I’ve seen over the last three years that the team has worked very hard to get to where they are today with the Hunter, he confided. I am very happy to join Prodrive with Mathieu because I think it will be one of the best teams in the discipline. Over the years I have won with three different manufacturers in rally raids, and winning with a fourth car is a huge goal for us. We’re really looking forward to it.»

The Dakar is now my main goal

Sébastien Loeb, who will be behind the wheel of a Dacia from 2025, hopes to put an end to the terrible curse that affects him on the Dakar, he who had to be content with three second places and a third place in seven participations. “ This is the first time that I will be Seb’s teammate at the Dakar, but I already know him very well. He is a great driver and has shown incredible speed over the last two years. I hope one of us can win the 2024 Dakar », whispered Nasser Al-Attiyah about him.

When announcing his future arrival at Dacia, where he will start from scratch or almost, Sébastien Loeb did not hide his dearest wish. “The Dakar is now my main objective”, he said. Despite competition from Audi, this 2024 Dakar could finally smile on the former WRC driver.

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