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 has won all nine WRC titles since (2004-2012), 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 52 out of 55 events 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 in 2012 won the rallycross finale in his first appearance at the star-studded X Games.