Why Loeb has joined forces with an old enemy for Dakar
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Why Loeb has joined forces with an old enemy for Dakar

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The nine-time World Rally champion is heading to the Dakar Rally with an all-new project, and is joining up with the team he often fought against in the WRC - Prodrive - in his quest to finally add the most famed rally raid of them all to his bulging CV

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.

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