Friday 31st of March 2017

France’s Sebastien Loeb will return to the FIA World Rallycross Championship for a second season in 2017, starting this weekend at the opening round of the Championship in Barcelona. 

Driving a new Peugeot 208 WRX for Team Peugeot-Hansen, Loeb says that although he enjoyed racing in rallycross last year – his inaugural full season in the sport – he hopes for better results in the early part of 2017 with the new car.

“I found last season very exciting. It’s very fun to make six starts in a weekend when you make it to the final, which for us last year was not always the case. The cars are amazing, the battles are really intense and I enjoy it a lot,” said the nine-time World Rally Champion. “I’ve been to all the tracks now. I don’t think it makes a big difference but now I have a bit more experience of the races and I understand more about the sport. I wasn’t really satisfied with the car at the start of last season, I couldn’t really drive it like I am normally driving so we’ve worked on it during the winter.”

Loeb and World RX race winner Timmy Hansen have tested the new look 208 and are happy with its performance. “It seems like everybody is happy with their new cars, and I’m happy too. It’s difficult to know if it’s enough, and what the others have been doing over the winter. We will see, but it’s really exciting to start the season again. Barcelona is a great place to start. The team has put in a tremendous effort over the off-season and, following our most recent test at Lydden Hill, I feel confident that the car has taken a step forward in practically every area.”

Find the Barcelona RX preview here.


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