Wed 12 Jan 2022

Loubet eyes Sweden return

Frenchman Pierre-Louis Loubet is hoping to return to the FIA World Rally Championship as early as next month following an accident which ruled him out of the final two rounds last year.

Loubet was involved in a collision with a car in Paris last October and sustained a broken hip. He returned to competitive driving at last weekend’s Isola 2000 Andros Trophy round in France, finishing 12th

The former WRC2 champion parted company with 2C Compétition - the team which ran him in a Hyundai i20 Coupe World Rally Car for the past two years - at the end of last season and is now chasing a new seat for 2022. 

Having skipped WRC rounds in Spain and Italy at the end of last year, the 24-year-old’s recovery is almost complete and he could return to WRC action as early as Rally Sweden next month (24 - 27 February). 

“Competing in Andros Trophy is six laps,” he said, “it’s not the same physically as doing a WRC round. It’s not possible for me to do Monte Carlo, but I’m hoping to maybe be there [in the WRC] in February. It was hard in October and November, I’m happy to be doing some sport again.”

The son of former Lancia factory driver Yves scored a pair of seventh places during his time aboard a Hyundai and, whilst it still remains unclear what car he will steer this season, Loubet remains optimistic about the future.

“We had a two-year contract [with 2C] and that ended. We’re working on it (a WRC return) and I’m hopeful. Last year was a tough season, but we have shown what we can do at a high level when we won WRC2 [in 2019],” he added.

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