Seb Loeb: the world’s greatest rally driver?

Sébastien Loeb

Sébastien Loeb

Citroen WRC charger, Sébastien Loeb has notched up his sixth straight WRC title in style at the Rally of Great Britain.

He went into the rally behind Ford pilot Mikko Hirvonen in the drivers’ standings, but another Loeb masterclass put pay to the Finnish driver’s hope of ending Loeb’s domination.

He’s taken six world championships, knocking Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Makinen – who had four titles apiece – off the top spot

But the figures only tell half the story when it comes to looking back at truly great drivers.

There’s no doubting Loeb’s titanic ability, but is he the driver you’ll remember more than any other? Colin McRae and Richard Burns were two kings of the sport in more recent years, but will we remember Loeb in the same way?

For me, it will always be Ari Vatenen caning a Peugeot 405 T16 up Pikes Peak – often one-handed – that stirs the soul.

But what about you?

Stuart Milne

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2 responses to “Seb Loeb: the world’s greatest rally driver?

  1. Jonathan Burford

    There is no hiding from the French mans amazing skill. He is a natural talent and most of the time makes it look easy.
    I claim to not be a loeb supporter but often find myself willing him to break his own records and the thought of how far he can actually go really gets me excited.
    despite this i am a die hard Latvala supporter. The mans raw love of flat out no nonsense driving allways keeps me on the edge of my seat and I really hope 2010 is the year he gets the luck and keeps his expert speed on the road.

    I would agree that Climb Dance with Vatenen is the greatest video I have ever seen.

  2. Romain

    Hi mate,

    I am French, yet not chauvinistic.

    Loeb is a great driver and will make history.
    His car is also the most competitive and that too makes a huge difference.

    Don’t be too impressed with Pikes Peaks. It is not all that impressive when you know a thing or two about rally driving.

    To me the best rallye driver of all times is Walter Röhrl.

    Check him out.

    Best,

    Romain

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