About Sébastien Loeb

In his life, Sébastien Loeb, has proved an overwhelming passion for cars and rally driven by the desire to exceed his own limits. His history is dotted of records and prizes, which have been achieved because of his peculiar skills.

Sébastien was into sports from his very first tentative steps. He was already practising gymnastics at the age of three, following in the footsteps of his father, a former champion. It was not long before he was competing in tournaments and he had an impressive track record during his 12 years in the sport: four-time champion of Alsace, champion of the French Grand East and fifth at the French Championships.
At the same time, Sébastien was always racing around, be it on a tricycle, a bicycle or, in later years, on a rental moped from holiday resorts. And each time, winning was always the name of the game. As for his scholarly exploits, he made his teacher parents proud… until year 12, which was when another interest started to consume him: his moped and racing against other teens. Sébastien and his friends would invent two-wheeled races — ‘The Roundabout Special’ and ‘Vineyard Grand Prix’ — burning rubber and bothering the local residents in equal measure. He also took part in several official races, distinguishing himself when his wheels didn’t let him down. The makings of a strong competitor were already there in his formative years.
Sébastien left school. He wanted to get his hands dirty and he succeeded in that by qualifying as a construction electrician. He had barely started his professional career before blowing his earnings on the object of his dreams: a Super 5 GT Turbo. The tyres were destroyed after just 2,500 km and his licence spent more time with the police than in his wallet! This is how his driving career began and his innate qualities were already on show. Sébastien ran several GTIs into the ground before his attention was caught by a recruitment ad looking for young rally drivers for ‘Opération Rallye Jeunes’. This was 1995. Sebastian was 21 and looking down the backs of sofas to scrape together the 100 francs needed to register. He won the regional trials and then the Castellet final, but his closest competitor (Nicolas Bernardi), who completed the event as night fell, was declared the winner. He failed to win again in the final in 1996. But this did not discourage him; he was already convinced of his speed and skill. The only thing holding him back now was the money to get started.
In Alsace, Sébastien’s driving skills and ‘drive’ had not gone unnoticed. Two enthusiasts, Dominique Heintz, an amateur rally driver, and Rémi Mammosser accepted him into their Ambition Sport Auto team with a single objective: to give the promising driver the start he needed. It was a defining moment in Sébastien’s life. In 1997, they had found the funds and the car. Dominique Heintz called Sebastian, “You’re racing in 15 days in a regional event and I will be your co-driver.” This was their first rally and also their first win. “He’s either crazy or a genius,” said Dominique Heintz, who vacated the co-driver’s seat for another courageous soul to take his place. This was to be his only regional race before moving up a gear to the national Volant 106 competition. In this, Sébastien won 4 races in the ‘1300’ category before ‘skipping a year’ to compete in two races in the ‘1600’ category where he performed very well. At the end of these 6 races, Echappement magazine named him Best Prospect of the Year.
In this same season, a new duo was created after the Cévennes rally: Loeb–Elena. In 1998, the team went for the Saxo Kit Car trophy. Sébastien won all the events he finished, but the experience took its toll: two cars destroyed, as were team Ambition Sport Auto’s finances. He won the Trophy with flying colours in 1999. At this time, Sébastien was still competing as an amateur, but he had caught the eye of observers and competitors in particular. So much so that the Féderation Française du Sport Automobile included him in the French Rally Team, allowing him to compete at the international level in three rallies. He was knocked out in Catalonia, but won his category in Corsica and Sanremo. In early 2000, money was running low but Ambition Sport Auto registered him for the French Rally Championships on gravel with a rented Saxo Kit Car. He won the 2-wheel drive category, catching the attention of Citroën who funded the second event so they could associate themselves with this driver with a growing reputation. He won again, which prompted two rally sponsors, Jean-Pierre Champeau and Frédéric Schmitt of Citroën, to fund the rest of the programme. Sébastien became Champion of France.
The first time Sebastian tried a WRC car (a Seat) was at the end of the Catalonia rally in 1999 on behalf of Échappement magazine. In just a few laps, he had equalled the time of the team’s first driver. At the end of 2000, thanks to sponsorship from Didier Auriol, the FFSA included him as part of the French Rally Team to compete in the Sanremo and Corsica rallies, driving a Corolla WRC. He finished in the top 10 for both events. It was clear to the old rally masters: a serious WRC contender had arrived. But it was the Rallye du Var in 2000 where he ultimately made his name. Guy Fréquelin, who had been following Sébastien’s French Championship win very closely, entrusted him with a Xsara Kit Car. Sebastien won the Var in style. “A star is born,” proclaimed Fréquelin, who offered him a formal contract to drive in the French Rally Championship that very evening. Sébastien had become a professional driver.
As a regular in the Citroen team, Sébastien went from strength to strength. In 2001, he took part in the French Championship on asphalt with the Xsara and the World Super 1600 in a Saxo. The Loeb–Elena duo made a clean sweep, five victories in five races in the Super 1600. Guy Fréquelin pushed his talented driver harder. For the Rallye Sanremo, he raced with a Xsara WRC. Sebastian got his first fastest stage time and ultimately finished second overall, hot on the heels of the ‘Tarmac Master’ himself, Gilles Panizzi. This shook the rally world, never had a beginner come in at this level and made such a statement! It was a foregone conclusion that he would be part of the WRC team for the 2002 season. This was a season for learning his trade and Sébastien only raced in seven events. He ceded victory in the Monte Carlo Rally due to a time penalty, but he won Rallye Deutschland, proving his ability. 2003 was his first full season as a WRC driver. In the Citroën team, where a certain Dominique Heintz drove the zero car, Sébastien was among some of the biggest names in rally, including Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae. But they had to accept that there was a new superstar in their ranks. Sébastien won three WRC events that year (Monte Carlo, Germany and Sanremo), had several podium finishes and failed to win the overall Championship by one point. He eventually lost out to Petter Solberg, who won that year’s WRC title after winning the Wales Rally GB. Everyone had high hopes for the young star, but no one could have expected him to hit the heights he did in his first full WRC season:he was runner-up for the driver’s Championship and, along with his teammates, had helped Citroën win the manufacturer’s Championship.
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