Toni Mulec, otherwise a newcomer to the Dakar Rally, on today's 9th stage, which took place from Riyadh to Harad, finished in an excellent sixth place among motorcyclists, eight minutes and 46 seconds behind the winner of the stage, Luciano Benavides. Mulec even held third place at the fourth intermediate time measurement, which would have equaled the best Slovenian ranking in a stage of the famous rally, which was recorded by the desert fox Miran Stanovnik in 2003, but by the end of the 358-kilometer speed test, he had lost three places. The second Slovenian representative, Simon Marčič, crossed the finish line in 42nd place, while Australian Toby Price finished the stage in second place overall, 1:02 minutes behind. American Skyler Howes was third, barely three minutes behind. "He usually doesn't look at the finish line
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
Sebastien Loeb admitted he was surprised to hear that he had been sacked by Citroen’s WTCC team as they were expected to work together for three years. After years of speculation about Citroen's future in the world of sports, the French carmaker announced on Thursday that it is withdrawing from the WTCC World Touring Car Championship after the 2016 season and will focus exclusively on the World Rally Championship from 2017 onwards. Next season, the Citroen team in the WTCC will be half as small, as they will put only two race cars on the track instead of four, and their colors will continue to be represented by Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller. Loeb has run out of space, and the Frenchman will be able to focus entirely on the new collaboration with Peugeot, which starts in January at the legendary Dakar Rally. Nine
Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb, who competes in the WTCC World Touring Car Championship, tried too optimistically to overtake two competitors in the 10th lap of the second race at Vila Real, according to the commissioners, causing an avoidable accident. The French legend of the rally, who ended up in the wall on his own in a failed overtaking, was therefore reminded. [vsw id = "pWcT2-2p6-c" source = "youtube" width = "600" height = "400" autoplay = "no"]
Yves Matton, the head of the Citroen team, is convinced that the Frenchman Sebastien Loeb can win the tenth title of world rally champion if he decides to return after his contract to appear in the WTCC series expires at the end of this season. Matton intends to persuade 41-year-old Loeb to return to the World Championships, saying that "the biggest drawback of the WRC Championship is that only two racers are able to regularly win rallies and become champions. One is Sebastien Ogier, who wins titles, and the other is in the WTCC World Touring Car Championship. " Loeb drove a rally in Monte Carlo earlier this season, where he even led from the start. Matton, meanwhile, plans to talk to the nine-time champion about his future. "Sebastien will be our brand 's ambassador for a long time to come
Citroen claims that they are not planning a new appearance of Sebastien Loeb in their rally car for the time being, which does not mean that the Frenchman will not return to it. After the appearance of the nine-time world champion at the Monte Carlo Rally, there was a lot of speculation that Loeb will drive four rallies for Citroen this year, but the French explain that the appearance at the opening rally of the season was only one-off. Loeb surprised in Monte Carlo on the first speed test and led the rally to the seventh test, where he made a mistake, damaged the car and finished the rally in eighth place. Yves Matton said Loeb will continue to focus on racing in the WTCC this year. “Everyone is wondering a lot about that,” Matton said. "But we didn't talk about it
Sebastien Ogier took the lead at the Monte Carlo Rally on Friday afternoon after his namesake Loeb made a mistake and damaged the suspension of his Citroen. Ogier initially lowered Loeb's lead to just three seconds, and returnee Loeb only managed to increase that to six seconds again in the sixth speed test. But on the muddy trials that followed, Ogier shone. The current world champion took the lead in the rally with the Volkswagen Polo in the next, seventh test, in which he was 14 seconds faster than Loeb. This was helped by a mistake by Loeb, who tried to reduce the eight-second gap on the last test of the day, where he made another mistake and crashed into the rock with his back left wheel, breaking the clamp. With a damaged race car, he “pulled up
Sebastien Loeb has admitted that he needs to improve his racing skills in road racing (WTCC) and race car setup. Let’s remember that the nine-time world rally champion focused the entire season on Citroen’s program. Last year he diked in both the rally and the FIA GT series, and this year he focused only on touring racing. He even led the WTCC for a while when he won the first race of the season in Marrakech. Later, he had quite a few problems and complications in accidents, and then only won another race. In the end, Sebastien finished in third place, behind teammates Lopez and Muller. Sam says this year about this season: “I lost a lot in other races this year because I didn’t overtake enough. I need to improve racing bike by bike. Lopez overtakes a lot, Yvan is good too, s
Former Citroen boss GuyFrequelin believes nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb in the WTCC series will be fighting for the title as early as the 2015 season. Frequelin left the team at the end of 2007 but remained Loeb's adviser. He is convinced that the Frenchman can reach for his first victories in his inaugural season of the WTCC World Touring Car Championship. "There's a big difference between speed trials and rally racing, but Sebastien has tested a lot. He showed what he's capable of with his GT race car," Frequelin said. "He will be fast in dry conditions and much much faster in the rain. He may need one season before he can compete on an equal footing with teammate Yvan Muller, but after that he will also be able to win the world title. I hope he will be at
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