|Date of Birth||18.02.1997|
|First Rally||2015, Rally de Portugal|
|Rally Wins||2019 WRC2 World Rally Champion|
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 a half-season in 2020.
A full 2021 campaign in a Hyundai 2C Compétition-entered i20 brings the chance to gain crucial experience of rallies he doesn’t know and the opportunity to show his speed on those with which he is more familiar.