Sebastien Loeb remains as committed as ever after 19 years at the top level. Since returning part-time with Citroen to the World Rally Championship in 2018 and continuing in a third Hyundai for the past two seasons, the nine-time champion has managed to add a victory and a further two podiums to his tally - which at 79 and 119 respectively will not be surpassed by Sebastien Ogier (48 and 83 respectively) before he hangs up his helmet next year.
And now, having spent much of his prime years with Citroen competing against Prodrive-run Subarus in the WRC, Loeb has joined forces with the British outfit for its fresh assault on the Dakar Rally with the Bahrain Raid Xtreme project. Together with his long-time co-driver Daniel Elena, Loeb will be making his fifth start in the event when it gets underway on 3 January in Saudi Arabia, and is anxious to go one better than the second place he managed in 2017.
Following his first desert test behind the wheel of the BRX T1 4x4 in which they'll tackle the Saudi dunes, Loeb spoke to Autosport in a wide-ranging Q&A about his first impressions of the car, the pitch from Prodrive that convinced him to sign on the dotted line and his continued motivation to succeed at the age of 46.