Loeb envisions the return of the Acropolis

The nine-time World Champion is contesting select rounds this year with M-Sport Ford. He scored an impressive win at the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally in January before competing in Portugal last weekend and then the Safari Rally in Kenya.

The Frenchman has a busy schedule in various disciplines but asked if a return to the Acropolis was an option, he said it was an option.

“Maybe. I still have to adjust the calendar, which is quite tricky at this time of the season,” he explained.

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An appearance at the Spanish RallyRACC – Rally de España (October 20-23) is less likely. Rally Andalucia, a round of the FIA ​​World Rally Raid Championship in which Loeb competes, was moved to the same date as the asphalt WRC race last month.

“I might have wanted to go to Spain too, but ultimately it wasn’t possible because we have another cross-country rally at the same time, so we have to adjust the calendar,” added Loeb.

The 48-year-old has won three times in eleven starts in Greece. He achieved his first success in 2005 in a Citroën Xsara, three years later there were further victories in a C4 and in 2021 in a DS 3.

After winning the opening Loldia speed test in Kenya on Friday morning, Loeb was in the middle of a close battle at the front before a small fire broke out in the engine bay of his Ford Puma Rally1 at the end of SS4. He eventually restarted, but the car stopped shortly after and he retired.

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He returned on Saturday, finishing eighth after claiming three stage wins.

“It was just a small hose that started leaking and that meant the car wouldn’t start,” he explained.

“I’m a bit frustrated with the overall standings because I think our speed was quite good and we were able to fight at the front. We didn’t do it [win] but we’ve had some good times and that’s not too bad.”

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