Sébastien Loeb - Daniel Elena

Sébastien Loeb - Daniel Elena


Having come to prominence through the FFSA’s "Rallye Jeunes" (Young Rally Drivers) initiative, in which he was twice a losing finalist, Sébastien's rally career took off in 1997 thanks to Dominique Heintz and Rémi Mammosser, two enthusiasts who saw something special in him. It was also at the end of this season, at the Rallye des Cévennes, that the French legend met Daniel Elena, who would become his longstanding, faithful co-driver.

Together, they entered the Citroën Saxo Kit-Car Trophy, winning the series in 1999, before becoming French two-wheel drive Gravel Rally Champions in 2000 in the same car. These impressive performances earned them their first outings in the WRC in a Toyota Corolla leased by the French Rally Federation, firstly at the Tour de Corse and then at Rallye Sanremo later in the year, whilst Guy Fréquelin, director of Citroën Sport at the time, handed them a drive in a works Citroën Xsara Kit-Car at the Rallye du Var. They won the rally, passing the test with flying colours!

Thus began a long and wonderful story between the brand, Sébastien and Daniel. The two men secured their first titles together in 2001, becoming French Rally Champions in the Xsara Kit-Car and World Junior World Champions in the Saxo Super 1600. Sébastien also impressed when finishing second overall at the Rallye Sanremo in the Xsara WRC. He then went on to claim his maiden WRC win the following season at Rallye Deutschland, having also dominated at Rallye Monte-Carlo.

In 2003, for Citroën's first full season in the WRC, he ended the year as runner-up in the drivers' championship, but helped to secure the manufacturers' title for the brand. Between 2004 and 2012, he won an incredible nine consecutive drivers' world titles, collecting seventy-eight wins in the process, whilst Citroën added seven further manufacturers' crowns to its record. After retiring from full-time involvement in the WRC at the end of 2012, Sébastien competed in the WTCC with Citroën, where he twice finished third in the championship (2014 and 2015).

An eclectic driver at heart, he also set an impressive record on the Pikes Peak hill race in 2013, before competing in cross-country rallying and rallycross with Peugeot. But rallying remains his favourite category, and he has made one-off appearances in rally cars whenever possible. In 2017, he therefore took part in two tests of the C3 WRC, the latest creation of the team with which he has won everything there is to win in rallying. And it is behind the wheel of this car that he returns to the WRC this year for three rallies (Mexico, Corsica and Spain).

Sébastien Loeb


Date and place of birth: 26 February 1974 in Haguenau (France)
Competitive debut: 1997
First WRC rally: 1999 RallyRACC
Number of WRC starts: 169
Best result in the WRC: Nine time World Rally
Champion (from 2004 to 2012), 78 wins


Daniel Elena


Date and place of birth: 26 October 1972 in Monaco
Competitive debut: 1993
First WRC rally: Monte-Carlo 1998
Number of WRC starts: 170
Best result in the WRC: Nine time World Rally Champion (from 2004 to 2012), 78 wins