SEBASTIEN Loeb has begun preparation for his return to the WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo in typical fashion for a nine-time champion, taking a dominant victory in the French Rallye du Var at the weekend,
At the wheel of a Citroën DS3 World Rally Car co-driven by his wife Severine, Loeb led the 12-stage rally from beginning to end, racking up his third Var win – and his second alongside Severine.
Torrential rain on Friday’s opening day and more wet conditions on Saturday and Sunday made the all-asphalt rally, the final round of the French Championship, particularly challenging.
Loeb finished 3m07.7s clear of David Salanon’s Ford Fiesta RS WRC in second, with Patrick Magnou third, a further 1m14.5s back in a Peugeot 206 WRC.
”Conditions were really not easy, so I’m happy to win this rally. It was super to win it with my wife – and for the first time in the DS3 WRC,” Loeb said.
“It’s been a while since I had taken part in a rally and it was a real pleasure to make my comeback at the Rallye du Var.”
Loeb and long-time co-driver Daniel Elena will make a one-off return to the WRC for Rallye Monte-Carlo on 22-25 January, along teammates Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle.