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Loeb lined up for Monte Carlo Rally
24 Nov 2014 19:07
Nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb will make a surprise comeback to the sport he dominated when he competes in 2015's season-opening Monte Carlo Rally.
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Fourteen months after his retirement, the 40-year-old Frenchman has announced he will compete in a Citroen DS3 World Rally Car in a one-off return to the sport.
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Loeb will be reunited with Daniel Elena, the co-driver who helped guide him to seven previous Monte Carlo triumphs, the most recent being in 2013, but told a news conference in Paris that he has entered "for fun".
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The most successful driver in WRC history won the championship in his last full season in 2012 before bowing out after four events last season.
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"I have to say that I didn't hesitate for a second when I was offered the chance to compete," Loeb, who wants to help promote the Citroen brand after finishing third in this year's World Touring Car Championship, said on the WRC website.
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"Obviously, it's going to be a personal challenge for me, as I haven't competed in a rally for over a year."
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Loeb's preparations will begin this weekend when he tackles the French Var Rally, with wife Severine as co-driver.
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"That will give me the chance to reacquaint myself with the car," he said.
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"We have also managed to find a few slots in my schedule so I can take part in testing."
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