Sebastien Loeb Wins Record 8th World Rally Championship
Oakley prides itself on creating products that are as unprecedented as our athletes and when the team is chalk full of world-class competitors, that is never an easy task. This past weekend however, Oakley Rally driver Sebastien Loeb raised the stakes even higher claiming his record 8th World Rally Championship in as many consecutive years.
The Citroën Total World Rally Team crew clinched the title, despite having to retire on the final day of the rally. Their DS3 WRC was involved in a collision with an on-coming car on a liaison section of the event. No one was injured, but the damage forced Loeb to retire, ending his thrilling duel for the rally win with Jari-Matti Latvala.
“It’s a pity because I would have liked to have finished the battle with Jari-Matti. We were on a narrow road and we came upon a car on the top of a crest where there was no visibility. The Spanish driver had the wrong reflex and pulled in to the right and we collided,” explained Sébastien Loeb. “The radiator was damaged and we were out on the spot. It’s proof that a rally isn’t over until you’re back in the parc fermé!”
While it wasn’t the story-book ending Sebastien and the fans were hoping for, it remains undisputed that the race brings a close to yet another remarkable season complete with ten victories in thirteen rallies, the manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles and new records set.
“All the titles are important and memorable as they’re never put together in the same way,” continued Sebastien. “This season, the overall level was very high and we had to fight right down until the last rally. I’m proud to have become the most-titled racing driver, even if one shouldn’t really try and compare the different branches of the sport. I never thought I’d achieve this when I started my career!"