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Loubet Makes Rally1 Debut with the Ford Puma in Belgium

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Credit: M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

Returning back to the driver seat after an injury, 25-year-old Pierre-Louis Loubet will be making his debut with the all-new M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Ford Puma Rally1 in Belgium this weekend.

Having signed a contract for the M-Sport outfit to do a part-time program this year in the FIA World Rally Championship, the former Hyundai’s 2C Competition driver will enter the South Belgian Rally as a course car to prepare for the planned seven rounds this season with the first start happening at Rally Croatia on 21-24 April.

Loubet has been away from competition for some months after a traffic accident in Paris in October last year where he suffered a broken hip and that ended his season for 2C Competition earlier than expected.

Credit: WRC.com

For the 2022 season, he will be co-piloted by his former co-driver Vincent Landais, the duo have splitted in April last year but in February Loubet confirmed they will be reunited again.

“Last year we had a lot of pressure and everybody started to say ‘look, this is a problem or that is a problem. I think in a moment under the pressure, I changed Vincent and it was a very, very big mistake.” Loubet said in an interview with WRC.com.

“I’m really happy to be back with Vincent and to do my first rally with M-Sport is a great, great day, it’s almost like a birthday. I’m looking forward to working with everybody and being in a good condition after the rally to do some good things in Croatia.”

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