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Loeb Starts His 100th WRC Rally in Sweden

February 3rd, 2008





This weekend (7-10 February 2008) will see the all-conquering Citroën team of Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena start their 100th World Rally Championship event, en route to which they have become the most successful rally crew of all time, taken four world titles, won more events in one season, taken the most consecutive wins, won the German rally six times – no one else has ever won this event – and set a new record for Monte Carlo Rally wins.

Not surprisingly, their start to win ratio, 37 out of 99 or 37 per cent, is also a world record. He has climbed on to the podium, finishing in the top three, in 61 per cent of events entered and completed 85 per cent of events entered.

They have won 17 different events – another record – and provided Citroën with the largest – 11 – number of wins in one season.

    • § 1st rally for Sébastien Loeb: Florival in 1997 (France)
    • § 1st rally for Daniel Elena: Bauxite in 1992 (as a co-driver)
    • § First rally together: 1998
    • § 1st rally in World series: Catalunya in 1999 with a Saxo Kit Car
    • § 1st WRC win: ‘Deutschland’ in 2002 with a Xsara WRC
    • § WRC starts: 99 including 87 with a world rally car(2 with a Toyota Corolla, 68 with the Xsara and 17 with the C4)
    • § WRC podiums: 61
    • § WRC wins: 37 (record)
    • § WRC titles: 4 (2004, 2005, 2006 et 2007)
    • § Wins in one season: 10 in 2005 (record)
    • § Consecutive wins: 6 in 2005 (record)
    • § Consecutive podiums: 12 in 2005 and 2006
    • § Wins in one season: Deutschland (6 successive wins) and in Monte Carlo (5)
    • § Sébastien is only non Nordic driver who has won the Swedish rally (2004)
    • § Starts/wins ratio: 37/99 => 37% (record)
    • § Starts/finished events: 85/99 => 85%
    • § Starts/podiums ratio: 61/99 => 61% The only driver who has done better is Carlos Reutemmann (2/2 => 100%) in Argentina in 1980 and 1985)
    • § Number of different events won: 17 (record) => 12 of the current calendar + Sanremo, Portugal, Ireland, Cyprus and Australia.
    • § For info: 2nd = Carlos Sainz with 13 different events
    • § Citroën Sport’s wins in one season: 11 in 2005 – record – compared to 10 wins in one season for Lancia in 1988


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