French all-rounder Sébastien Loeb, who boasts an unparalleled record in motorsport, has joined Peugeot Sport’s Cross-Country Rally factory squad for 2016.
I am delighted that Sébastien Loeb is to join us at PEUGEOT Sport, says Peugeot’s Managing Director Maxime PICAT. The combination of his all-round driving skills and the talent of the teams at PEUGEOT Sport promises some exciting times ahead for the brand in the world of motorsport. In addition to his ability behind the wheel, Sébastien stands for values to which motorsport and motoring enthusiasts across the globe can relate. I am certain he will have even more to share with them with PEUGEOT.
Sébastien Loeb’s first appearance with Peugeot will be January’s Dakar before he defends the team’s colours during its 2016 Cross-Country Rally programme. The discipline stands out as a fresh challenge for the Frenchman who famously drove a Peugeot on the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado, USA. The association with Peugeot Sport will see Groupe PSA Peugeot Citroën continue to benefit from Sébastien’s input as both the Citroën and Peugeot brands have done many times already over the years.
This is an opportunity for me to continue my career in what is a new discipline to me, says Sébastien Loeb. I will need time to learn and that’s what I have been doing during recent testing and on last month’s Rallye du Maroc. I am delighted to be able to build on my experience with Groupe PSA which has brought me nine World Rally Championship titles and several World Touring Car Championship victories with Citroën, as well as adventures like Pikes Peak two years ago with Peugeot. There are still a lot of exciting new challenges out there...
The 2016 Dakar in January will be Sébastien Loeb’s second Cross-Country Rally outing. He will contest the South American event with his loyal Monegasque co-driver Daniel Elena.