Dakar 2016, the day of rest: And Loeb returned to make…

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logic dictates one thing, the reason is pretty near and Sébastien Loeb has the right to be contrary, almost by decree. Loeb has completed a first week memorable in his first Dakar and that the ingredients on the paper were not favorable. The French landed in this raid with a background of kilometres limited. Two tests and participation in the Morocco Rally with a Peugeot 2008 DKR 2015 evolved not invited to the optimism. The lack of experience of Loeb and his copilot Daniel Elena in relation to Peterhansel and Sainz also suggested to him an immediate success of Loeb.

however, Sébastien Loeb is governed by its own rules. The tenth-place harvested in the prologue was not more than that, a preview of what was ahead. After the cancellation of the first stage, Loeb got his first win between Villa Carlos Paz and Termas de Rio Hondo. The French was one of the few who managed to overcome the quagmire of kilometer 180 without left time and got his first win. A new triumph in the third stage showed that Loeb was serious and that the Peugeot 2008 DRK16 is the ‘coconut’ of this Dakar.

Having matched the boot of Carlos Sainz in the first Dakar of the Spanish with two wins and leading the rally, the French did not remain so. In one of the toughest stages of the first week, end in Uyuni and with the dreaded ‘mal de altura’ lurking, Sébastien Loeb signed his third victory. A triumph that has been key to to get a leader to the rest day, a puncture, a problem in the turbo and a small navigation error have made him lose minutes in the stage won by Peterhansel and Sainz.

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Although the second week can be decisive for navigation and
reliability, Sébastien Loeb has already made its mark. A seal that could
be sparkling if you win the Dakar, but no longer shines no matter what
pass with the French. And is that Loeb has an innate gift that few pilots
possess. Sébastien Loeb is able to go fast immediately in any
vehicle
. There is more to look at his sports career to be
account of the prodigious adaptation that is able to perform Loeb in
any vehicle of competition that will come up. The examples
left by the way so certify.

Sébastien Loeb won the JWRC in 2001 with full of victories to the
wheel of a Saxo Kit Car and a Saxo S1600. In its first two
rallies with the Citroën Xsara WRC, was second
and it didn’t take more than eight
tests to score his first victory in the WRC after making his debut
with this model. It was in the Rally of Germany 2002. he Also won at
his first rally with the Citroën C4 WRC
and in their second rally with the
Citroën DS3 WRC. A history of debut glory that led him to add
nine titles in the World Rally.

But this ability
innate Loeb does not stop there. Sebastien Loeb was second in the 24
Hours of Le Mans 2006
driving a LMP1 of Pescarolo next to Eric
Hélary and Franck Montagny, scored several victories in its first season
with the McLaren MP4-12 GT3 in the FIA GT and got a win in his
only participation in the Global Rallycross
. It was in Los Angeles to the
wheel of a Citroën DS3. And at this point it is impossible to forget
record at Pikes Peak with the Peugeot 208 T16
. One and no more.

The
the penultimate example of this great ability of adaptation has been in the
WTCC
. Sébastien Loeb has played two seasons in the World
Cars, getting six wins in two seasons at the controls of the
Citroën C-Elysee TC1. Six wins that have been irrigated for a total
20 podiums and by the axiom that accompanies Loeb category after
category. It could not be otherwise. Won in his second race with
the C-Elysée in Morocco
. In the Dakar already has three stage wins and
is in a position to fight for the ‘Touareg’. Definitely, is
made of another pasta
.