Hyundai Motorsport have confirmed nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb‘s contract with the crew is coming to an finish.
Alongside the information of Loeb leaving the Korean producer, it was additionally introduced Loeb has taken on a brand new problem and can participate within the upcoming Dakar Desert Rally in Saudi Arabia in January with a automobile constructed by British outfit Prodrive.
46-year-old Loeb has been concerned with the Hyundai crew since 2019. Final season, he drove six WRC rounds in a i20 WRC and completed third in Chile in his finest end result. This yr, Loeb solely had two WRC outings, because the COVID-19 considerably lowered the variety of rallies he was set to compete in.
Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena competed on their final WRC rally lower than two weeks in the past in Turkey, the place in addition they ended up with a 3rd place end.He’ll no longer participate in any extra occasions this yr, with Dani Sordo driving the crew’s third automobile in Sardinia subsequent week and Craig Breen having right this moment been introduced to be competing in Belgium in November.
“Right here we’re on the finish of the journey with Hyundai Motorsport – and what an journey it has been! I’m extraordinarily grateful for the chance they gave me throughout these two years by providing me a partial program, completely according to my expectations, inside a really skilled crew and in a nice ambiance.” Loeb stated.
“These two years have handed extraordinarily shortly – this one having additionally been reduce by a number of months on account of the pandemic – however they may have marked a part of my profession, and with one other producer title success to which I contributed. For me, Hyundai Motorsport gave me the most effective WRC automobile I’ve ever pushed, and I used to be glad I might compete on the highest stage with the newest era of WRC automobiles. Now, a brand new chapter will open in 2021 with Prodrive in Rally Raid however who is aware of for WRC; neither Hyundai Motorsport nor I need to fully shut the ebook for good.”
Loeb is by far probably the most profitable driver in WRC historical past after his 79 wins and 119 podiums. His most profitable years have been with Citroën, the place he received 9 championships in a row between 2004 and 2012.
“Ever since Séb and Danos joined our crew in 2019, we have now been privileged to have their wealth of experience and expertise in our crew. All areas of our operation have benefitted from their know-how, instantly or not directly. Their contribution helped us to battle for – and win – the championship final season.” Andrea Adamo, Group Principal of Hyundai Motorsport WRC crew, added.
“Their information and dedication was completely demonstrated within the harder rallies like Chile and Turkey. The pandemic has meant we haven’t been in a position to make use of them as we had supposed this season, however their efficiency in Turkey was a reminder to everybody of their ever-present skill and velocity. We want all of them the most effective of their subsequent chapter and maintain our doorways large open to them ought to they ever want to return.”