Rally legend Loeb competes in the Safari Rally

“Kenya is quite amazing; I think it’s the rally I remember the most. In 2002 the rally was very different. The longest stage was 120km and we all had a helicopter above our cars announcing any wildlife we ​​were approaching on the stage.

Sebastian Loeb

Sébastien Loeb has announced his return to the M-Sport Ford line-up for one of the most anticipated rounds on the calendar, Safari Rally Kenya (23-26 June).


M-Sport Ford confirmed Loeb will return for round six of the FIA ​​World Rally Championship, marking his first start in Kenya since 2002 when he drove a Citroën Xsara to fifth place.


The Frenchman will again be co-driven by Isabelle Galmiche, who also guided him to overall victory in the duo’s Ford debut at the Monte-Carlo Rally in January. He will line up alongside fellow Puma drivers Craig Breen, Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux.


“Kenya is quite amazing; I think it’s the rally I remember the most. In 2002 the rally was very different. The longest stage was 120km and we all had a helicopter above our cars announcing any wildlife we ​​were approaching on the stage.


“Now it’s very different and more like a typical WRC rally, but the difference to Portugal for me is that I have no experience of these stages. It’s always a lot more complicated when you come to a rally where you’ve never driven the stages before. It won’t make it easy but I’m really happy to be able to go,” he added.


M-Sport Ford Team Principal Richard Millener expressed his delight at welcoming Loeb and Galmiche back to the team.


“We are thrilled to have Séb and Isabelle back with us,” he said. “Séb obviously has a fantastic track record in gravel events and his performance in the Monte Carlo Rally and Portugal has shown us what he and this car are capable of.


“As Safari Rally Kenya is a fairly new edition on the calendar we have a fairly even playing field and I think with Séb on the team we can really show everyone what the Puma can do.”


The Safari Rally Kenya includes 19 special stages with almost 365 km of competition.



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