Sebastien Loeb gets ready during a test run with the new Peugeot 3008 DKR on December 11th, 2018

With the first stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally getting underway on the 6th of January, Frenchman Sébastien Loeb, who is returning for his fourth attempt at the rally as a privateer driving a Peugeot 3008DKR, had this to say ahead of the epic race across the deserts of Peru.

“To take part with my co-driver Daniel Elena is a fantastic challenge. Several teams will have a shot at winning and I hope we are one of them. I like the dunes. I haven’t forgotten everything I’ve learned these past three years, and I’m still hungry for success!”

Loeb has driven the world’s most gruelling rally raid race three times before in a factory car. His best result, a second place, was behind team-mate Stéphane Peterhansel in 2017 for Team Peugeot Total.

The privateer Peugeot that he will drive alongside navigator Elena will be similar to the one that he raced in 2017. His car will be run by independent French team PH Sport with Loeb looking to become the first privateer to win the race since Jean-Louis Schlesser back in 2000.