Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb has announced he will compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship for 2016 with Peugeot.
The rallying legend is making a return to full-time dirt-track competition in 2016 after two years spent circuit racing in the World Touring Car Championship with Citroen.
A long-time Citroen competitor, Loeb had already made the move to its PSA stablemate Peugeot earlier this year for a tilt at the Dakar Rally, the Frenchman leading for much of it before hitting problems and dropping down the order
For his full 2016 campaign though, Loeb will drive a Peugeot 208 WRX with Team Peugeot – Hansen, a challenge he is excited for.
“I'm very excited by this opportunity to participate in the full FIA World Rallycross Championship for the first time,” he said. “Over the years I have been fortunate to participate in some truly amazing racing, but rallycross - with the sheer power and the competiveness of the Peugeot 208 WRX plus the intense nature of the competition - will be something very special.
“The car and the strategy for this type of racing is completely new to me, so I have a lot to learn, but I hope I can be competitive pretty soon.”
Though it is not a new discipline for Loeb having previously competed in wild-card events in 2013 and also claimed a gold medal at the 2012 X Games, this will be his first full-time pursuit, where he will go up against former WRC rival Petter Solberg and team-mate Timmy Hansen.
“I've looked up to Sebastien Loeb my entire life,” Hansen said. “I even met him once to get his autograph. So to work with him now is like a dream come true for me. I have a lot to learn still, so to get advice from him will be amazing.
“And I'm sure he'll also have a lot of specific things to learn from me in rallycross. That's how I hope we can bring the team forward together: pushing new limits and helping each other grow.”