Rally driving requires unwavering concentration, incredible skill and a very cool head. Thankfully, these are qualities that Sébastien Loeb has in spades; his domination of the sport has earned him the nickname of Le Patron, or ‘The Boss’! Sébastien’s sporting prowess was apparent from an early age when he became a four-time Alsatian champion in gymnastics.
But in 1995, Sébastien quit gymnastics and his job to focus on competitive driving. In 1998 he contested the French Citroën Saxo Trophy series, winning the title in 1999 before entering the Junior World Rally Championship in 2001. It was there that he made a name for himself thanks to victories in five of the six events.
His first drive in the WRC came in 2002 with the Citroën Total World Rally Team. Incredibly, Sébastien won nine consecutive WRC titles between 2004 and 2012, as well as 78 WRC events (and counting) - more than double the number of any other driver in the sport. What’s more, since 2005 he has won pretty much every event held on asphalt, and in 2009 was awarded the Legion d’honneur.
Underlining his status as one of history’s all-time driving greats, he also won the Race of Champions in 2003, 2005 and 2008, finished second at Le Mans 24 Hours in 2006, and won the rallycross finale in his first appearance at the star-studded X Games in 2012.
Unsurprisingly, 2013 also brought great success. Sébastien claimed second place at World Rally Sweden and stormed to victory at the WRC in Argentina. 2014 saw him reach the third position of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. After almost a decade at the top, Sébastien Loeb continues to demonstrate that he isn't done yet!
In 2015 he turned his hand to a new discipline, taking on the FIA World Touring Car Championship and finishing in third place overall for the season.
The most successful man in the history of the WRC then set his sights on the toughest race the planet has to offer. Loeb driving the Dakar Rally in a state of the art PEUGEOT 2008DKR16 was a mouthwatering prospect for motorsport fans all over the world, and in 2016 that prospect was realised.
The French legend was reunited with former team-mate Carlos Sainz, as well as fellow countrymen Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, as part of Team Peugeot Total's stellar line-up for the 2016 Dakar Rally.
Loeb made a characteristically strong start, leading the early part of the race before encountering some of the tough conditions the rally is known for. He ended up with four stage wins and ninth place overall – an incredible Dakar debut.
Just a few months on from this and Loeb turned his expert hand to yet another racing discipline, taking on the World Rallycross Championship in a Peugeot 208 WRX.
When Seb and co-driver Daniel Elena turned their attention back to rally-raid they finished as runners-up at the 2016 Silk Way Rally. A performance they then went on to repeat at the Dakar in 2017.
"We were really fast on the piste; it was a bit trickier off-piste, but we saw we have the potential," Loeb commented. "We need to do better next time. I don't think I can do as much rally-raid as Peterhansel, but yes, the objective is to win the Dakar one day. As for now, we're going to enjoy this moment and this Peugeot podium."Read more