Pikes Peak – cloud catcher

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As with Dakar, Peu­geot is no stranger to the re­mark­able Pikes Peak hill climb, known as the Race to the Clouds. A for­mer holder of the record cour­tesy of one A. Vata­nen, the French team re­turned in 2013 with Loeb and the 863bhp 208 T16.

Al­though it was Loeb’s first time at the event, he sliced over 1min 30sec from the course record when he com­pleted the 12-mile, 156-cor­ner climb in 8min 13.878sec at an av­er­age speed of 90mph.

WRX – the next chap­ter

2016 sees Loeb back be­hind the wheel of a 208, this time a World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship car.

At the open­ing rounds of the sea­son in Por­tu­gal he made it all the way through to the fi­nal. On this oc­ca­sion the French­man’s ex­pected podium fin­ish didn’t ma­te­ri­alise, but he and Peu­geot are in it for the long haul, so you can ex­pect Loeb to claim a 10th mo­tor­sport world ti­tle sooner rather than later.

Loeb joined the World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in 2016. Peu­geot and Loeb con­tested the 2016 Dakar, with the French­man lead­ing the South Amer­i­can event – his first – af­ter just the sec­ond stage. Loeb’s luck ran out but Peu­geot went on to claim its fifth Dakar vic­tory. Pikes Peak hill climb is a daunt­ing chal­lenge, yet at his first at­tempt at it in 2013, in a Peu­geot 208 T16, Loeb knocked a minute and a half off the record

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