Loeb After Sainz's Record

Double World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb revealed he would like to stay in the sport until he beats Carlos Sainz's record of 26 career victories

Loeb After Sainz's Record

Loeb, who won the world title for the second successive year on the Rally Japan earlier this month, has currently won 18 rallies but is subject of continued speculation over his immediate future.

His Citroen team are pulling out of the sport this season, but it is thought that Loeb will join a privateer team in 2006 in readiness for the French manufacturer's possible return in 2007.

However, he has turned his attentions to other areas of motorsport this season, notably competing with Pescarolo Sport in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

"I'd particularly like to reach and maybe even surpass the limit of 26 victories set by Sainz," Loeb told Autosprint. "I'm 31 and one day, maybe... I hope I'll carry on winning Championships, but I'm not obsessed about it.

"I'm not a records fanatic, but sooner or later I'd really like to win at Tour de Corse and in Catalunya, just to show that I can do well on asphalt too.

"No matter how much I like winning, I never started a rally with the idea to win it at all costs. If I realise I can't do it, I resign myself to go for a points finish. For me it's always been this way, and having won the Championship again won't convince me to change strategy."

He also credits his Le Mans experience this season with improving his ability an asphalt and his win on the Rally Deutschland.

"In the days spent on the La Sarthe circuit, I tried my best at putting into practice the advices I got from Eric Helary and Soheil Ayari, my teammates, and I managed to correct some of my shortcomings," he added.

"That's how in Germany I realised I could get some pretty good times without the impression of going really fast."

shares
comments
Martin Won't Return this Season
Previous article

Martin Won't Return this Season

Next article

Mexico to Add Super Special

Mexico to Add Super Special
Load comments
How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers Plus

How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers

After winning his eighth WRC title, Sebastien Ogier has drawn the curtain on his full-time rallying career. To understand Ogier's legacy, many of his former rivals, team-mates and colleagues have shared their thoughts on a vastly successful career

WRC
Nov 26, 2021
Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies Plus

Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies

Richard Burns was a determined driver who took on the best rally drivers in the world during a boom period in the early 2000s, and beat them. On the 20th anniversary of his crowning glory in winning the 2001 WRC title, and 16 years on from his death on the same date, Autosport picks out his 10 greatest drives

WRC
Nov 25, 2021
The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion Plus

The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion

At the turn of the millennium, WRC was full to the brim with rallying's great and good - and 20 years ago on this day, Richard Burns became England's first world rally champion. Although Burns' natural talent drove him to the top, his steely determination and mental strength was the key attribute behind his title-winning form

WRC
Nov 25, 2021
How Ogier emerged out of Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend Plus

How Ogier emerged out of Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend

OPINION: Adding an eighth WRC title to his name, Sebastien Ogier has bowed out from full-time rallying in style. Having been compared throughout his career with nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb, Ogier has convincingly demonstrated that he can stand on his own as one of the greatest rally drivers in history

WRC
Nov 22, 2021
How confronting self-doubt drove Ogier to become a WRC legend Plus

How confronting self-doubt drove Ogier to become a WRC legend

This weekend's Rally Monza marks the end of an era in the World Rally Championship, as Sebastien Ogier prepares to bring down the curtain on his full-time career with an eighth title. For all his enduring success, the Toyota driver reveals in an exclusive interview that lingering insecurities have compelled his quest for perfection

WRC
Nov 18, 2021
The third generation McRae on his way to the WRC Plus

The third generation McRae on his way to the WRC

The McRae family name is steeped in rallying history, with eight British titles between Jimmy, Colin and Alister - plus the small matter of the 1995 WRC title too. Next on the conveyor of talent is Alister's 17-year-old Max McRae, who’s setting out in Australia to conquer the world of rallying and return the famous name to the WRC...

WRC
Nov 12, 2021
Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era Plus

Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era

As the World Rally Championship undergoes its biggest shift in regulations for a generation, teams are taking radical measures to prepare for its new era. Hyundai's unique approach involved conducting a private 1500km rally in Italy and Autosport went to see how the team is preparing for 2022

WRC
Nov 4, 2021
How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain Plus

How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain

While all pre-event chat focused on the two World Rally Championship title fighters, their closest challenger charged into the spotlight on Rally Spain. Thierry Neuville's star turn and another strong drive from Elfyn Evans in his fight with Sebastien Ogier made for an intriguing event as the 2021 campaign nears its crunch point

WRC
Oct 18, 2021