Old champion Loeb celebrates WRC comeback
At the Rally Mexico (from Thursday LIVE at SPORT1) there will be a prominent guest entrant in the car. Nine-time World Champion Sebastien Loeb makes his comeback.
The old champion is back – at least as a guest entrant: The nine-time World Champion Sebastien Loeb in the Citroën celebrates his comeback in the WRC at the Mexico Rally (in the LIVESTREAM at SPORT1) which starts on Thursday. For the 44-year-old, the third WRC round of the season (until Sunday) is the first appearance in the series since his guest performance at the Rally Monte Carlo 2015.
“I don’t have a specific goal,”said Loeb to the French news agency AFP:”I’m mainly interested in having fun. Of course, I’m also curious to know where we stand and whether we can still be on top of things.”
From 2004 until his resignation at the end of the 2012 season, Loeb had dominated the World Rally Championship at will. Six overall victories in Mexico between 2006 and 2012 also count for him – the 2009 event was missing in the calendar.
The 22 special stages of the Mexico Rally are not to remain Loeb’s only WRC appearance this year: The rallye from Alsace has also confirmed its start at the Corsica Rally in April as well as at the Catalonia Rally at the end of October.
Loeb’s heir to the throne, compatriot Sebastien Ogier, is still looking for his form this year. The World Champion of the past five years is currently ten points behind front runner Thierry Neuville (Belgium/Hyundai i20) in the World Championship standings with his Ford Fiesta and occupies second place.
The Mexico Rally is experiencing some difficulties. On Friday the bolides move at an altitude of up to 2,700 m above sea level, and temperatures beyond 30 degrees Celsius can also bring people and material to the limit.