Sebastien Loeb Racing will enter the FIA World Rallycross Championship with their own team this season.
While the team owner will continue at Peugeot Team Hansen, they have signed Gregoire Demoustier.
The two parties already know each other from 2016, when they raced together in in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Prior to that, Sebastien Loeb Racing also had an involvement in Porsche Carrera Cup and an LMP2 programme in the European Le Mans Series. On top of the 2018 World RX programme, they will run two VW Golf GTI TCR cars in the newly formed WTCR Championship.
The team enters a brand new Peugeot 208, which has been developed in France in a collaboration with Onroak Automotive and ORECA. ORECA also builds the engines for Peugeot Team Hansen, while Onroak has great experience in building race cars, and are the company behind the Morgan LMP2 car, and currently builds Ligier LMP2 and LMP3 chassis’ for the FIA WEC, ELMS and the IMSA Championships.
It will be very interesting to follow the privateer battle the works team, and if they can compete in the top of World RX.
It has been very difficult to be at the top, unless you were either fully or semi works backed. With this very professional project, Sebastien Loeb Racing might be the first team to take a privateer victory, since Kevin Eriksson did so at Estering 2016.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship season starts on 15 April in Barcelona.