THE DRIVER

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Born in Hague­nau, France, in 1974, Sébastien Loeb traded a promis­ing fu­ture in gym­nas­tics for the pre­ci­sion of mo­tor rac­ing, quickly es­tab­lish­ing him­self as a tal­ented rally driver with a par­tic­u­lar pen­chant for as­phalt sur­faces. Af­ter win­ning the Ju­nior WRC driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship in 2001, Loeb and long-time nav­i­ga­tor Daniel Elena were pro­moted to a full WRC pro­gramme with Citroën Rac­ing in 2002.

Loeb won the first of his nine con­sec­u­tive WRC driv­ers’ world ti­tles in 2004 and, since his of­fi­cial re­tire­ment from the sport in 2012, re­mains the most suc­cess­ful driver in WRC history. In 2004, he be­came the first non-nordic driver to win Rally Swe­den.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously tested with For­mula One, Loeb also holds three Race of Cham­pi­ons ti­tles; has to date com­peted in three Dakar Ral­lies and two 24 Hours of Le Mans races; holds an X Games Ral­ly­cross gold medal; broke the Pikes Peak hill­climb record with Peu­geot in 2013; and is a reg­u­lar con­tender in the cur­rent Global Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship.

Recog­nised with a knight­hood in France’s Lé­gion d’hon­neur in 2009, Loeb was a con­sul­tant dur­ing the de­vel­opent stages of the cult rac­ing video game Gran Turismo 5.

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