Sebastien Loeb in DTM with AF Corse


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Unstoppable! An eclectic driver par excellence, Sebastien Loeb adds another string to his bow by joining the famous DTM championship.

A new championship under his belt

The nine-time world rally champion, after a second place in the Dakar, a memorable victory in Monte-Carlo with Ford and then another success in the Race of Champions, will take part in a few races in the German DTM championship. The Alsatian is thus returning to circuit racing, a few years after competing in the WTCC championship with Citroën.

Last year, the DTM championship made its revolution, abandoning the formula of supertourism which made its glory in favor of the GT3 class. The plateau is nevertheless raised. Sébastien Loeb joins the Italian team’s program AF Corse, famous for its countless successes with the prancing horse in the WEC and GT championships, but also reigning DTM champion. She enters two Ferrari 488 GT3, one in the colors of Red Bull, the other in the colors of AlphaTauri (driven last year by Alex Albon, who has since returned to F1 with Williams).

A few years, and more if you like

Sebastien Loeb will replace Nick Cassidy for a few races, whose involvement in Formula E and the WEC has led to some calendar clashes. It is in these rare cases that AF Corse will call on Sébastien Loeb. French must be mobilized in Portimão, the weekend of April 29 to May 1.

“Throughout my career, I have always enjoyed moving from one discipline to another”recalls Sébastien Loeb. “The DTM is a recognized championship and since the opportunity to race there presented itself to me, I obviously took it. It’s an exciting challenge because the piloting is entirely different. »

“Now, get to work. I’m going to face specialists and competitors, and it’s been a long time since my last race in GT3. My objective will be to find the rhythm while trying to use my experience to provide good technical feedback to the team regarding the car’s set-up. I know it will be difficult but the cars are really fun to drive, very fast, very cool”.

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From Extreme E to WRX, from WRC to WTCC, from Le Mans to DTM via GT racing, Sebastien Loeb gratifies us with an eclecticism that recalls the heyday of the 60s and 80s, when many drivers jumped from a sport-prototype bucket seat to that of a rally car without any problem. Sebastien Loeb is expected on other rounds of the 2022 WRC and who knows if he does not plan to return to Endurance one of these days…

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