Ju­nior WRC driver to get the back­ing of Loeb for 2016 sea­son

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Even if his own hopes of re­turn­ing to the World Rally Cham­pi­onship have been dashed, Se­bastien Loeb will be back at the sport’s high­est level – run­ning fel­low Al­sa­tian Terry Folb in the Ju­nior WRC.

Se­bastien Loeb Rac­ing will add ral­ly­ing to its race car pro­gramme this sea­son and the nine-time cham­pion said Folb, who ended his JWRC rookie year with three podium fin­ishes to take third in the 2015 stand­ings, was the per­fect driver to run.

Loeb said: “He’s young, he’s ex­pe­ri­enced with both the DS 3 R3 Max and the Ju­nior WRC and, on top of that, he’s from Alsace too. So he’s got the per­fect pro­file! He’s a young driver with a good head on his shoul­ders.”

Folb, 25, will drive an SLRrun DS 3 R3 Max in the Ju­nior se­ries that starts at May’s Rally of Por­tu­gal.

Folb said: “There can­not be any bet­ter teacher than Se­bastien him­self. It’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for a driver. I’m con­vinced I’m go­ing to learn a lot. Se­bastien will be a real as­set to my progress. The team is very pro­fes­sional and well-struc­tured. We’re shar­ing the same am­bi­tion.”

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