The nine-time WRC champion had lengthy been tipped to rejoin the Ford squad for the gravel spherical in Greece from Eight-11 September, together with his entry now confirmed by M-Sport.
This might be Loeb’s fourth outing within the M-Sport Ford Puma this season after appearances at Monte Carlo, Portugal and the Safari Rally.
The Frenchman has endured combined outcomes from his return to the WRC this yr. Loeb’s partial marketing campaign started with a memorable victory on the Puma’s aggressive debut at Monte Carlo after coming by means of a head-to-head with Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier.
In Portugal Loeb crashed out of the lead after a uncommon error resulted within the WRC legend clouting a wall, inflicting terminal injury to his Puma. In Kenya, Loeb was among the many lead group when a small engine fireplace broke out on his Puma, which led to a retirement after working out of battery energy to succeed in the service park.
Affirmation Loeb will deal with the Acropolis Rally will mark the 48-year-old’s return to the long-lasting robust gravel rally for the primary time in 10 years.
Loeb is a three-time Acropolis winner having received the occasion for Citroen in 2005, 2008 and 2012, the latter his remaining full season within the WRC.
“I selected to enter Greece because it’s a pleasant gravel rally which I all the time loved, it seems to be higher now and never as tough because the final time I did it,” mentioned Loeb.
“I believe there are solely two phases on this yr’s itinerary that I’ve skilled, but it surely was 10 years in the past so my reminiscence of them isn’t nice.
“I should begin from zero once more which is all the time difficult, I believe from this yr there are various new phases for everyone.
Sebastien Loeb, Isabelle Galmiche, M-Sport Ford World Rally Crew Ford Puma Rally1
Photograph by: Crimson Bull Content material Pool
“I received the rally 3 times and have some good recollections, I believe the phases are largely fascinating.
“I had some good and extra difficult moments, for instance I had my greatest crash in Greece, I additionally had a mistake with a tyre selection; selecting the delicate as we have been anticipating a storm however, ultimately, it was 40 levels.
“It’s not a straightforward rally however it’s good to drive so I’m trying ahead to that. It’s troublesome to establish my targets for this rally, I’ll attempt my finest when it comes to preparations and hope that I can get into the rhythm prefer it was in Kenya and Portugal.
“Hopefully we will do a bit higher with out errors and issues which is the principle goal.”
Loeb will be part of an expanded six automobile Puma line-up for the occasion that includes regulars Craig Breen, Gus Greensmith, Adrien Fourmaux, Pierre-Louis Loubet and privateer Jourdan Serderidis.