Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb will take part in the German DTM Championship race for the first time this month, where he will represent the Red Bull AlphaTauri team behind the wheel of a Ferrari 488GT3. Loeb will replace New Zealander Nick Cassidy in the opening race of the championship in Portimau, Portugal, with Felipe Fraga, who will not take part in the Formula E race, but because Cassidy is likely to miss the Norisring and Spa Francorchamps, Loeba could seen several times. “Throughout my career, I’ve been looking forward to changing categories,” Loeb said. "DTM is a very well-known championship and I was offered the opportunity to compete in it, so of course I took advantage of it. The challenge is big, because it's a completely different style of driving." Sebastien Loeb tested the Ferrari race a few days ago
Frenchman Sebastien Loeb, a nine-time world rally champion, provided enthusiasm at the start of this year’s racing season. Returning to the world of rally, the Citroen racer jumped the lead in the first speed test with a 22-second lead, but in the second test, which was also the last, his lead over Sebastien Ogier narrowed from 30.9 seconds to 13.3 seconds. Loeb, has dedicated himself to racing in the WTCC series and will drive one of the selected rallies of this season in Monte Carlo. However, the rally did not start according to the plan for the Pole Robert Kubica, who spun on the second speed test, and then he was tempted by the electronics of his Ford Fiesta. The former Formula One racer is almost five minutes behind the leaders. So Loeb is leading by 13.3 seconds ahead of the second day
After the first speed test of the Monte Carlo Rally, Sebastien Loeb is in the lead, returning behind the wheel of a Citroen WRC race car. He completed the first test in 15 minutes and 53 seconds, Otto Tanaka was 22 times faster than the second fastest, and almost 31 seconds faster than current world champion Sebastien Ogier in the Volkswagen Polo. "I'm very happy with the time. I told Daniel I felt in a few places that we stopped because we were driving so slowly," Loeb commented on the best time of the first test.
The DS brand, which established itself as the prestigious brand of the PSA Group in June 2014, continues the story it started at Citroën more than ten years ago and upgraded it with eight constructor titles. He is now also participating in the FIA World Rally Championship 2015. For this program, they will use the DS 3 WRC car with several important technical upgrades. The DS 3 WRC, which has already won two titles and 23 wins, has the richest collection of awards among all the models currently measuring their strengths at the WRC Championship. The WRC Championship, which stretches from Sweden, through Argentina and to Australia, is arguably the biggest challenge in modern motorsport as it covers diverse terrain and challenging weather conditions. The legendary test, the Monte Carlo Rally (January 19-25), will open
With his victory in the second race at the Hungaroring, Gianni Morbidelli became the first winner of this year not to race a Citroen car. Morbidelli felt pressure from Tiago Monteiro throughout the race, with whom he even collided in the sixth turn of the last lap. The contact slowed them down enough that Hugo Valente came close to them in third place, but we didn’t see any more attempts to overtake them in the last half lap, and the trio drove across the finish line 1.2 seconds apart.
The current world champion of the WTCC series, Yvan Muller, gave Citroen the second consecutive best starting position at the Hungarian Hungaroring. With a time of 1: 48.727, he overtook the leader in the overall standings of this year's championship, Jose Mario Lopez in the second Citroen, by 0.034 seconds. The success of the French car manufacturer was complemented by Sebastien Loeb in third place. “I’m happy to have finally opened an account of the best starting positions this season,” said Muller, who started the previous race in Paul Richard with the best starting position due to the penalties of his two teammates. Citroen race cars are competing with an additional 60 kilograms of weights this weekend, which is expected to slow them down by about 0.8 seconds per lap.
Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb has swapped the rally car this season for the WTCC World Touring Car Championship. The Frenchman won the second race with the dominant Citroen car, which already celebrated a triple victory in the first race, ahead of team rival Jose Mario Lopez, who won the first race. The race was otherwise marked by a mass crash at the start, cooked up by Tom Coronel and Mehdi Bennani. It was also picked up in the collision by Yvan Muller’s third Citroen. The race was interrupted, and after the restart it was led by Bennani, whose race car took her away with only a few minor injuries in a close encounter. He was followed by Tiago Monteiro and Loeb, who broke through from ninth place. The Frenchman soon overtook Monteiro, and a lap later Ben
Sebastien Loeb was by far the fastest racer in Valencia in the first official test of the WTCC series with the Citroen C-Elysee. The duo Hond, Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro were the least behind the nine-time world rally champions. He was the first to drive a test Honda Civic, and Monteiro tested an updated race car ready for the race.
Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb will try to improve on the track record he set in 208 with a McLarn Formula One car, the MP16 1999, posted by Nick Heidfeld. The German stopped the stopwatch at 4 seconds. The T13 performed in a very limited version (limited engine speed, etc.) at last year's festival, driven by Gregory Guilvert, who set the best total time. Loeb, which this year focuses mainly on Citroen's WTCC World Touring Car program, will have a race car without any restrictions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41.6l_RsIr16nbE
Citroen conducted five days of testing before the 2014 season with the new WTCC c-elysee race car, which took place at the Abu Dhabi racetrack. In the 2014 season, the Citroen team will be represented by three racers. Nine-time world rally champion Sebastian Loeb, four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller and three-time Argentine champion Jose Maria Lopez. The first and second test days belonged to Lopez, and the third and fourth to Loeb. The fifth and final day was done by Muller, who was hampered by rainy weather. "Even though the track was quite dry in the afternoon, we didn't manage to do what we had planned," Muller said, adding, "We need to focus on driving dynamics and vehicle settings." Loeb, meanwhile, has already flown to Argentina for the next tests at the Termas de Rio Honda, where the eighth race of this year's W season will take place.