Pierre-Louis Loubet

At just 23, Pierre-Louis Loubet has a foot in the door of the big time. He served a thorough apprenticeship in the WRC’s support categories that should put him in good shape for his maiden semi-season in a World Rally Car. He has support from Hyundai and a mature head on his shoulders. This is his career opportunity.

Nationality FRA
Date of Birth 18.02.1997
Birthplace Bastia, France
First Rally 2015, Rally de Portugal
Co-Driver Vincent Landais
Rally Wins 2019 WRC2 World Rally Champion
Website https://www.facebook.com/PiLouLoubet/

The story so far

Like many, Loubet’s motorsport career began in karting. He reached European Championship level but lack of funding ended his progression and also a brief foray into circuit racing a couple of years later.

He persevered and eventually sourced financial backing that enabled the Corsican, whose father Yves was the 1989 European rally champion and several times a WRC podium finisher with the Martini Lancia team, to take to the stages.

He started his rallying career in 2015 and second in the Junior WRC standings at his first WRC event in Portugal that year proved his talent.

Loubet went on to tackle another five Junior WRC events in 2015 and made the switch to more powerful four-wheel drive machinery the following year, in the shape of a Citroën DS 3 R5. He netted four top six results in WRC 2.

He campaigned a Ford Fiesta R5 in 2017, achieving a second consecutive top 10 finish in the championship. For 2018 he switched to a Hyundai i20 and showed good pace mixed with inconsistency. Three top six finishes were contrasted by three retirements.

The 2019 season proved a huge breakthrough. Back-to-back victories in Portugal and Italy at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia laid the platform for WRC 2 title success and a step up to the headline World Rally Car category for 2020.

Covid-19 delayed the start of his campaign but he will be a familiar face in a Hyundai 2C Competition-entered i20 over the final rounds of the season.