FIA World Rally Championship

No More WRC Events for Loeb After Rally Turkey?

1 Mins read
Credit: Austral / Hyundai Motorsport GmbH

Nine-time FIA World Rally Champion Sébastian Loeb took his second podium with Hyundai Motorsport at Rally Turkey last weekend, by finishing in third, and was the first for him and co-driver Daniel Elena since Rally Chile 2019.

The Turkish WRC round was scheduled to be Loeb’s last WRC event this season, as Dani Sordo has been selected to be Hyundai’s third driver for the next rally in Sardinia and Craig Breen is scheduled to drive in Belgium in November.

Now it’s also possible that 46-year-old Loeb may have made his last appearance behind the wheel of a WRC car in the championship altogether.

We haven’t talked anything [with the Hyundai Motorsport]. It does not depend on this result. Yes I enjoy driving and I had a lot of fun. I am proud that I was able to fight against these guys. However, that doesn’t change anything and as I said, I haven’t discussed the next rallies with the team.” Loeb said.

Loeb was leading Rally Turkey on the opening day on Friday afternoon, but lost a couple of places as the rally coninued the following day.

Credit: Fabien Dufour / Hyundai Motorsport GmbH

“After all, it’s great to be on a podium place, because we had our own ups and downs during the rally. It was also great to lead the rally after the opening day. Then at the beginning of the second day I made a bit of a bad tire choice and lost places. Also in the afternoon on Saturday I destroyed the tires again. Luckily, I was still able to get back to second place.” Loeb continued.

“On Sunday, I just had to start at full speed, but there was an incredible amount of dust in the air. The conditions were sometimes not drivable at all. I tried to drive without risks so that there would be no flat tire, but yes I caught one, I don’t know at all where it came from. In the end, we still fought ourselves for the podium.”

Follow @tcfoffroad on: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

682 posts

About author
Covering rally, rallycross & other motorsport news for The Checkered Flag with over 8 years of experience working with all sorts of media & PR related things in motorsport. To bring all the latest news from different series to our wonderful readers on The Checkered Flag is always a pleasure for me.
Articles
Related posts
FIA World Rally Championship

Lappi Hopes For Promising Results on WRC Return

1 Mins read
Esapekka Lappi will be making his return to WRC in a fifth Toyota Yaris WRC this weekend at Rally Finland
FIA World Rally Championship

Coria announced as new Co-Driver for Adrien Fourmaux in WRC

1 Mins read
Adrien Fourmaux has now announced Alexandre Coria will be replacing the former co-driver Renaud Jamoul for the season remainder
FIA World Rally Championship

Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Boss Latvala Looking to Test Yaris Rally1 Before End of the Year

1 Mins read
The Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT team principal Jari-Matti Latvala is now looking to get the chance to test the all-new Yaris Rally1 before this year will end.