17 Jan 2012

Sebastien Loeb aiming for ninth world rally title

4:37 pm on 17 January 2012

Sebastien Loeb will be aiming for an unprecedented ninth World Rally Championship title when the 2012 season begins overnight with the return of the Monte Carlo event.

After three years the Monte Carlo leg is back in the WRC .

Loeb heads the field in his Citroen DS3 and is the overwhelming favourite for the season's curtain-raiser, having recorded five victories in seven attempts in the principality.

The future of the sport was thrown into disarray when the International Automobile Federation (FIA) cancelled its contract with promoters North One Sport earlier in the month, but the Automobile Club de Monaco confirmed that Eurosport had agreed to step in and provide coverage for the season-opening event.