October 3, 2010 / 12:19 PM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-Rallying-World champion Sebastien Loeb

 Oct 3 (Reuters) - Factbox on Sebastien Loeb, who won a
record seventh world rally title on Sunday:
 * The 36-year-old Frenchman (born Feb. 26, 1974) was already
in a league of his own after becoming the first rally driver to
win five titles in a row when he surpassed retired Finnish great
Tommi Makinen in 2008.
 Makinen was champion from 1996 to 1999.
 * Loeb, with co-driver Daniel Elena, has won a record 60
rallies (including Sunday's) in a world championship career that
started in 1999. All of his wins have been with Citroen.
 * A gymnast before taking up rally driving, he is only the
second Frenchman to have won the world title after 1994 champion
Didier Auriol.
 * Loeb broke his arm in a mountain-biking accident with four
races left and while 35 points ahead of the field in the 2006
season. He won that title when his nearest rival, Marcus
Gronholm, could only finish fifth in Australia.
 * The Citroen driver has been dubbed the 'Michael Schumacher
of Rallying', his stranglehold on the sport comparable to that
exerted by the German seven-times world champion at his peak in
Formula One.
 Loeb's seven in a row makes him even more dominant than
Schumacher, who won his titles with two teams and over a period
spanning 1994-2004.
 * In 2008 Loeb took a record number of wins in a single
season (11), beating his previous best of 10 in 2005. He has won
at least three races in every year since 2003, when he almost
took the title in his first full season.
 * Loeb took his first win in Germany in 2002 after joining
Citroen as French rally champion in 2001.
 * The Frenchman was linked to a one-off Formula One drive
with Toro Rosso ahead of last year's season-ending Abu Dhabi
Grand Prix.
 (Compiled by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Neil Maidment; To
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