40 WRC wins sees Sebastien Loeb awarded ‘Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally’

Monday, 19 May 2008
Category: Entertainment
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Description: With his Rally Sardinia victory taking record-breaking Sebastien Loeb to 40 World Rally Championship career wins - the first driver in the history of the sport to reach the double-score milestone - Citroen's formidable Frenchman today added the ‘Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally' award to his Mediterranean silverware.
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With his Rally Sardinia victory taking record-breaking Sebastien Loeb to 40 World Rally Championship career wins - the first driver in the history of the sport to reach the double-score milestone - Citroen's formidable Frenchman today added the ‘Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally' award to his Mediterranean silverware.

The ‘Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally' award recognises parties demonstrating the same values that the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, stands for; respect, innovation, integrity and teamwork. It also acknowledges a positive contribution to the WRC by any of the myriad of parties involved in the sport.

In his seventh year as a full-time manufacturers' driver, Loeb has now amassed a staggering 40 career victories - starting in 2002's Rally Germany - and collected four World Championships along the way. "Reaching forty rally victories is a beautiful achievement for me and I'd like to thank Daniel (Elena, Loeb's co-driver), the Citroen team and all my fans for their support," said the Frenchman.

"I'd also like to thank my new friends at Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority for giving me this wonderful award, it is a great honour.  I have been watching the progress of Sheikh Khalid (Al Qassimi) since he joined the WRC, though not as closely as if he was driving a Citroen," he joked.

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority officials praised Loeb's contribution to the sport: "In presenting this award to Sebastien Loeb, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority is recognising his unrivalled contribution to the world of rally," said Ahmed Hussein, Deputy Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

"Sebastien's virtuoso driving displays - right through his career - have rightly established him as one of the sport's true legends and the WRC's most feared and respected current competitor.  He has consistently demonstrated the values which Abu Dhabi stands for and will no doubt be a principle contender for a fifth World Championship come the end of the season."