Sebastien Loeb: The WRC's instinctive champion

Sebastien Loeb: The WRC's instinctive champion

Whether it's a quick tyre change on the Acropolis or flinging a prototype around Le Mans, Sebastien Loeb just has that special something. And David Evans wants him to keep doing that special something in New Zealand

You'd have thought 500mph in a straight line would be better than 200mph in a straight line. That's not the way Sebastien Loeb would be looking at things this week.

As the competitive element of the Le Mans 24 Hours week got underway, Loeb's southern hemisphere-bound plane might well have been going considerably quicker than his own ORECA 03 LMP2 car (had it been entered in the French classic), but he's five miles too high. Loeb, like the rest of the World Rally Championship regulars, loves the roads in New Zealand. What he doesn't like is the day it takes to get there. Especially when it's a day he could have spent at Le Mans.

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