The Corsican Pierre-Louis Loubet will be the official M-Sport driver for all thirteen rounds of the 2023 World Rally Championship. Associated with the Belgian co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, he will be driving a Ford Puma Rally1 and will be the teammate of Ott Tanak.
French will remain M-Sport’s second language in 2023. After Eric Camilli (2016), Sébastien Ogier (2017-2018), then Adrien Fourmaux (2021-2022) and Sébastien Loeb over a few rounds last year, the Malcolm Wilson’s English team will trust a French driver next year since Pierre-Louis Loubet will be one of its official drivers.
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The young 25-year-old from Corsica will drive a Ford Puma Rally1 for all thirteen rounds of the 2023 World Championship, as will Estonian Ott Tänak, who left Hyundai to return to his debut team. “It’s a dream come true for me, something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid, comments Loubet in a press release broadcast by M-Sport this Thursday afternoon. Doing my first full season and doing the main passion of my life every weekend is something really fantastic. Being guaranteed to play the full season takes a lot of the pressure off me because I know I have 13 events to show my full potential and it gives me the opportunity to grow and learn. In 2023, my most important goal will be to finish each event, gain experience and learn where we can push and go at maximum speed. »
Before this first official driver contract, Loubet participated as a private driver in eighteen premier class rallies since 2020, in the wake of his WRC2 world title won in 2019, thanks to the financial support of a Franco-Belgian investor. , Alexandre Leroy, via his company All Exclusive Car. After two difficult seasons at the wheel of a Hyundai i20 WRC in 2020 and 2021, he bounced back perfectly last year at M-Sport by winning two fourth places with the Puma, in Sardinia and Greece, where he took the lead. the race for two specials after setting his first two scratch times in the World Cup.
Nicolas Gilsoul as co-pilot“We have all been impressed with Pierre’s performance this year, confirms Richard Millener, M-Sport’s Team Principal. He has shown his willingness to learn and surpass his previous experiences and that’s what makes him the perfect candidate for a full season. He is, of course, still at the start of his Rally 1 career, and the coming season will be crucial for him. I sincerely hope that we will see him get a well-deserved first podium. »
“I think the performances this year have shown that he has all the ingredients to go far in this sport, complete Malcolm Wilson. I am hopeful that working alongside Ott, Pierre will grow and learn in the same way Ott did in 2017 alongside Ogier. »
Vincent Landais having joined Sébastien Ogier at Toyota, Nicolas Gilsoul will be Pierre-Louis Loubet’s new co-driver. Former teammate of his compatriot Thierry Neuville (until the end of 2020), Gilsoul has 114 starts in the WRC, for a total of 43 podiums including 13 victories.
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