Rally Raid - Loeb eyes future Dakar Rally bid

Sebastien Loeb has revealed that he would like to compete in the Dakar Rally in the future.

Rally Raid - Loeb eyes future Dakar Rally bid

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Sébastien Loeb, 2012, Mexico

As crews begin to gather in Peru for the January start to next year's event, Loeb has dropped a firm hint that he would be tempted to have a go at it at some point.

The world rally champion has never competed in any kind of a rally raid event before, although did contest the final world championship-qualifying Safari Rally with Citroen in 2002.

Loeb has made it clear, however, that he would likely take a more experienced navigator with him than his regulars - nine-time world champion Daniel Elena and his wife Severine Loeb.

"One day, maybe I would like to go and do Dakar, but I wouldn’t do it with Severine and not with Daniel... for sure we would be lost!" said Loeb.

While Loeb might not have tackled Dakar before, Citroen has enjoyed a strong record on the rally while it was based in Africa.

The French car manufacturer won the event four times with its ZX - although a return does not appear likely yet.

Loeb himself concedes that any attempt on the Dakar would be off his own back, rather than part of an effort with Citroen.

"If I did Dakar, this would be a private thing, it would not be something with Citroen," he said.

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