Loeb "confident" for Dakar after first desert testing

Sergio Lillo
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Nine-time World Rally champion Loeb will make his return to the Dakar after a year out in next year's running on the off-road classic, which begins on January 3 in Saudi Arabia.

Sebastien Loeb, Nani Roma, BRX

Sebastien Loeb, Nani Roma, BRX<span class="copyright">Prodrive</span>
Sebastien Loeb, Nani Roma, BRXProdrive

Prodrive

This was the first major test for Prodrive's BRX T1 machine that features a bespoke 3.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and which completed a shakedown in the UK last month.

Loeb contested the Dakar as a factory Peugeot driver between 2016-18, securing a best finish of second during that three-year stint, before entering the rally as a privateer in 2019 following the French manufacturer's withdrawal from the rally raid.

"We are very happy with how these days are going," Roma told Motorsport.com. "This hard work is what we are dealing with now. It is not an easy job, but it is part of every project. I am sure that for the future it will bear fruit because every kilometre you are in the car you learn things.

"It's time to invest time and learn as much as you can from a new car like this. Everyone is super motivated and the more hours [you put in], the better everything will come out."