Sebastien Loeb has become the latest driver to sign up for the 2008 running of he Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium later this year.
Loeb, the most successful driver in the history of the World Rally Championship, will be looking to secure the Race of Champions crown for the third time having been successful in both 2003 and 2005 and could also go head-to-head with Michael Schumacher, F1's most successful ever star.
“I'm very happy to come back to the Race of Champions as it's an event that I really enjoy,” Loeb said. “Last year I couldn't come because I had a very busy schedule with my baby girl Valentine being born just before the event.
“It will be very nice to compete against Michael [Schumacher] again like in 2004. We live very close to each other, but rarely have a chance to meet.
“Last time we actually met was on a track racing motorcycles. Michael was a little bit faster than me, but I hope to get my revenge in identical cars at The Race of Champions.”
Fredrik Johnsson, president of event organisers, IMP, said he was delighted at Loeb's confirmation.
“It's fantastic to have Sebastien return to the Race of Champions after missing last year's event,” he said. “This announcement means that with him and Michael Schumacher, we now have the two most successful drivers in the history of both Formula 1 and World Rallying set to compete at Wembley.
“Sebastien's record in the World Rally Championship is simply incredible and his two victories in the Race of Champions show that he is one of the greatest drivers in motorsport.”
Loeb's team-mate in the French team has yet to be revealed.