Is Sebastien Loeb set to join the WTCC?

Seven-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb participated in a test session in the works RML Chevrolet Cruze at Rockingham over the weekend, prompting speculation that the Frenchman could be looking to join the circuit racing scene.

The 37-year-old Frenchman has occasionally dabbled in circuit-racing events, most notably the 2005 and 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours with the Pescarolo squad. He also participated in a GP2 test session and was hotly tipped to join the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 team in late 2009.

A report on the Spanish Sportmotores website claims that Loeb joined his countryman, two-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller, at the circuit where he took part in the test.

Sebastien Loeb GP2 Test Loeb has been an utterly dominant figure on the rallying scene since 2004, and while he has driven almost exclusively for either Peugeot and Citroën over the last ten years, he has been linked with a switch to the new Volkswagen WRC team (set to form in 2013), while there have also been rumours that he could quit the series altogether to pursue other interests.

Chevrolet Motorsport Manager Eric Néve has rejected all speculation that Loeb will join Chevrolet in next year’s WTCC season.

It still begs the question: why do the test in the first place?

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.