WRC legend Loeb is targeting a partial campaign next season as he builds up to a planned FIA World Touring Car Championship bid from 2014 with current employer Citroen. As a result, he won’t be in contention for a 10th WRC crown.
“The fact I will not be competing for the title and I will not have this target for the season to try to win the title will be a bit different,” Loeb answered WRC fan Isak Ruuska in a question and answer session on WRC.com recently. “I will still have a lot of things to do [next year], maybe some GT racing and preparing for the 2014 WTCC with Citroen. I will be driving but I won’t have this target.”
Loeb made it nine WRC titles with victory on Rallye de France Alsace earlier this month in the Citroen DS3 WRC he shares with co-driver Daniel Elena. Their world championship schedule in 2013 could total five events, the first time since 2006 that they won’t have undertaken a full roster of rallies after Loeb was forced to pull out of the closing four rounds due to injury.