FIA World Rally Championship

10 years since Loeb last competed in Acropolis Rally and now he is back

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The nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb is set to join the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team line-up for the 2022 EKO Acropolis Rally Greece and after some successful tests in Greece last month, the Frenchman is now ready to do his fourth outing of the season for the British outfit.

Loeb won the season-opener at Rallye Monte-Carlo and did compete in Portugal and Kenya where he was forced to retire both times, but now this will be his first time back at one of the season’s iconic events in a decade, winning it last time out in 2012 in a Citroen DS3 WRC for Citroen Racing.

However, during this morning the shakedown didn´t go well for the Frenchman as the engine was suffering a misfire during his third run through the stage, and back at the service pack the mechanics found out it was an electrical failure, which is now sorted for the rally opener at the Athens Olympic Stadium later this evening.

“I’m looking forward to being back, it will be the first time for 10 years, so I’m looking forward to seeing the stages and the people again. I have good memories from this rally. For me, the test went well. It was a good feeling with the car – everything was correct and quite good. We worked with the set-up for the suspension, the diffs and the hybrid – this was all going quite well. I’m happy after the test. The car was working well, everything is OK and now we’re ready for the rally.” Loeb said.

Loeb has so far three wins in Greece and this year´s start will mark his 12th at the legendary fixture, becoming the most experienced driver of the rally on the entries.

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