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Super Seb

King Carlos

 
The man
Glacially cool, Sebastien Loeb has been one of the real heroes of the last two seasons in the World Rally Championship. He's already won four times, but, what's even more impressive, is the fact that Sebastien doesn't get over-excited about it. "I may look calm, but it doesn't mean I don't feel it on the inside!" he says. Nonetheless, his unflappability is one of the things that makes Sebastien so likeable. He's very relaxed, completely genuine, and somebody who is very easy to spend time with.

 

Sébastien Loeb
The driver
Sebastien is most experienced on asphalt, on which he exhibits a silky smooth style that perfectly complements the power and handling characteristics of the Citroen Xsara. But he has also made big strides on gravel in 2003, finishing second in Australia and Rally GB to ensure that now he's a real all-round talent.
 
The prospects
After a sparkling 2003, in which he once again improved his driving in all areas, Sebastien goes into 2004 as a title favourite. The car's reliable and quick on all surfaces, and Loeb is one hungry young man. Sit back and enjoy...
 

The history
Sebastien is the first Junior World Champion to hit the big time, but his links with Citroen go back a long way. He started in a French one-make series, the Saxo Trophy, then was picked out by Citroen to contest the French Championship and the Junior World series. After that, a full-time move to the WRC with Citroen seemed logical.
The man
Carlos is the most respected driver in the sport. He has an awesome reputation, and every shred of it is deserved. Speaking to him is like an audience with the Pope – you're almost aware of intercession with a higher being. Carlos is intense, yet scrupulously polite, a stickler for accuracy and the most cerebrally professional driver on the WRC scene. His memory is frighteningly accurate, but anybody thinking his personality is austere will be surprised by some sudden moments of pure warmth that can make your day. Any young driver in search of a role model need look no further.

 
The driver
Consistency has been Sainz's hallmark recently, to such a staggering extent that it almost takes your breath away. He is just always there. Sainz seems to be a permanent fixture amongst WRC candidates, and tends to be a mistake-free zone. His driving is best described as efficient and intelligent, much like the man himself.
 
The prospects
He'll undoubtedly be there or thereabouts – that's his style. Now into a second year with Citroen and driving a Xsara WRC which made big steps forward in gravel-spec during 2003, and which has long been an asphalt star. As ever, a realistic title hopeful.

The history
Started off life as a racing driver, but persuaded by budget to try rallying instead. He's won every championship he ever contested and been an almost constant fixture in the top six standings of the WRC since his debut in 1987, which tells you all you need to know. Has a wealth of experience with almost every top team to enter the WRC, including Toyota (with which he won his two world titles), Lancia, Subaru, Ford and Citroen.
 

 

NATIONALITY: French
DOB: 26/02/1974
MARITAL STATUS: Single
LIVES: Oberhoffen, France

TEAM: Citroen
CO-DRIVER: Daniel Elena

THE STATS (to end of 2003)
WORLD RALLY TITLES: n/a
WORLD RALLY WINS: 4
WORLD RALLY POINTS: 95
WRC DEBUT: Corsica 1999
FIRST WRC WIN:
Germany 2002

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2003: Runner-up in WRC standings with three wins
2002: Wins in Germany, finishes 10th in WRC points
2001: Second in Sanremo, Super 1600 Champion
2000: French Gravel Champion. Competes in
two WRC rounds
1999: Champion in
Citroen Saxo kit car cup

1998:
Two wins in
Citroen Saxo kit car cup

 

 

NATIONALITY: Spanish
DOB: 12/04/1962

MARITAL STATUS: Married, with three children
LIVES: Madrid, Spain
 
TEAM: Citroen
CO-DRIVER: Marc Marti
 
THE STATS (to end of 2003)
WORLD RALLY TITLES:
1990, 1992
WORLD RALLY WINS: 25

WORLD RALLY POINTS: 1135
WRC DEBUT: Portugal 1987
FIRST WRC WIN: Greece 1990
 
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2003: Third in WRC

2002: Third in WRC
2001: Sixth in WRC
2000: Third in WRC
1999: Fourth in WRC
1998: Second in WRC
1997: Third in WRC
1992: World Rally Champion
1990: World Rally Champion