Sebastien Loeb is the most successful rally driver in World Rally history. The Frenchman has a record 78 rally wins under his belt in his decade in the World Rally Championships so far.
Loeb quit his studies and a job as an electrician in 1995 to plunge into the world of rallying. As a 21 year old then, Loeb was a reckless driver. He started entering local rally events in France and eventually became a regular participant. In 1998, he joined the Citroen company team with which he has been rallying to date.
Loeb made his debut in the World Rally Championships with Team Citroen in 1999 at the Rally Catalunya but had to wait until 2002 to record his first victory at the Rallye Deutschland. Loeb went ahead to win all the eight Rallye Deutschland events from 2002 to 2010, making him the first man to win a single rally eight times in a row.
The 39 year old was named the French Sportsman of the Year in 2007 and 2009. He is a three time winner of the Race of Champions. This is a competition that he takes part in during the World Rally Championship off season. Loeb also won the Rally Cross in his first appearance at the X Games XVIII. The daring driver won all twelve stages in the 2005 Tour de Corse in France, becoming the first driver to win every stage of a WRC rally.
Loeb has participated in 167 rallies all over the world, finishing 116 of them in podium places and 78 as the winner. The reigning world rally champion has won the WRC title a record nine times, since 2004 and is on course to claim the 2013 championship after winning the Monte Carlo and Argentina events and finishing second in Sweden. Rally Argentina is his last win and the next event will be staged in his homeland France.