This photoshooting with six time world champion Sebastien Loeb and Spanish toreador Dany Sordo was like an action movie – speeding, drifting, smoky doughnuts and moto thrill. The capitol of Bulgaria was filled with applauses from more than 15.000 people after the show that Citroen Total Racing team performed.
That was “Rally and the City”!
Looked like in an action movie, more than 15,000 people praised acting stars: 6-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb and Spanish toreador Dany Sordo with their co-pilots Daniel Elena and Marc Marti.
Rally Show took place in Sofia downtown – actually, in the very hot spot of the city: “the yellow cobbles” … in other words, the history boulevard and square in front of the former royal palace. Just there – facing the beautiful palace facade and over these shiny (but also dangerously sliding) cobbles – Loeb and Sordo created a show that is already a golden story which people would remember for long!
On 4pm sharp, Citroen Total Racing team went into the square walking around to salute the spectators. In a few minutes Sordo was already in the car and jumped into the “arena”!
That’s how it started!
And what was next 1 hour could be only labeled as “ultimate show” – that was action, smoke, swirls, engine bellow and most of all: Masters’ ride!
It was “cherry on the pie” when Sordo did a spectacular drift while keeping door open and waving to the audience – the crowd – all in one -erupted into stormy applauses!
Loeb and Sordo did 6 runs one after another with fantastic performance jumping from ramp, speeding, drifting, “smoky doughnuts”… – audience didn’t stop applauding them even for a minute!
Those thousands of people gathered by the “city rally” track on “the yellow cobbles” really paid off to Loeb and Sordo for the spectacular show: it was nothing by thunder-like applauses when drivers sat over the top cover of the car with Bulgarian flag and made ‘Tour d’honeur’ – moments of respect they all deserved!
WHO IS SEBASTIEN LOEB?
Sébastien Loeb, (born 26 February 1974) is a French rally driver currently driving for the Citroën World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship. He is a six-time world champion and holds the record for most wins in the series and most – and tied second most – consecutive wins in a rally season with 6 & 5 (multiple times) respectively.
Originally a gymnast, Loeb switched to rallying in 1995 and won the Junior World Rally Championship in 2001. Signed by the Citroën factory team for the 2002 season, he and co-driver Daniel Elena took their debut WRC win that same year at the Rallye Deutschland. After finishing runner-up to Petter Solberg by one point in 2003, Loeb took his first drivers’ title in 2004. Continuing with Citroën, he went on to take a record sixth consecutive world title in 2009.
Besides his success in rallying, Loeb is a three-time winner at the Race of Champions, after taking home the Henri Toivonen Memorial Trophy and the title “Champion of Champions” in 2003, 2005 and 2008. In 2004, he won the Nations’ Cup for France with Jean Alesi. In 2006, he finished second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Over the last seven years, Citroen has been the team all the others want to beat.
Citroen pledged to give Loeb the drivers’ crown in 2004 and delivered in spades, with a campaign that remains one of the most dominant in the WRC’s recent history.
In 2006 Citroen took a year out of the WRC. The reigning manufacturers’ champions were represented at rallying’s top level instead by privateer outfit Kronos Racing which ran an updated, 2006-spec version of the Xsara WRC. The team gave Sebastian Loeb his third consecutive drivers’ title, but Citroen’s run of makes titles was ended by rivals, Ford.
In 2008 the potent combination of Citroen, Loeb, Sordo and the C4 WRC were back in the title hunt and this time they delivered in both contests; scattering records left, right and centre. Securing his fifth consecutive drivers’ title on the penultimate round in Japan, Loeb beat his own record for the number of wins in a season – taking his eleventh in Great Britain. Citroen, meanwhile, beat Ford to the manufacturers’ title on the final round.
In 2009 Loeb completed another championship double by wrapping up the drivers’ title – his sixth – on the final round in Great Britain.
WHO IS DANI SORDO?
Daniel Sordo Castillo (born May 2, 1983 in Torrelavega, Cantabria) is a Spanish rally driver. He competes in the World Rally Championship for the Citroën Total World Rally Team, Citroën’s factory WRC team. He has yet to claim his maiden victory in the WRC despite having raced in the one of the best teams for four years.
Sordo began in motocross when he was 12 years old, but also experienced success with mountain climbing, karting and touring cars. He won the Spanish Junior Championship in 2003, and retained the title in 2004.
In the last event, he switched from the Lancer Evo to a Citroën C2 S1600, and for 2005 he committed to a full season driving the C2 in the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) with Belgium’s Kronos Racing team. He also switched co-drivers, now being paired with Marc Martí, the former co-driver of double World Champion Carlos Sainz. Victories in Sardinia, Finland, Germany and Spain brought him the junior world title.
Sordo finished the 2006 season with four podium places, 49 points and a fifth overall in the drivers’ world championship.
Citroën Sport then announced that Sordo will be their second driver for their 2007 season works team return. Sébastien Loeb would lead the team’s push to win another title, this time using the C4 instead of Xsara. Sordo started the season with a second place at the 2007 Monte Carlo Rally and went on to finish on the podium six more times; in Portugal, Italy, Spain, where he also led a WRC event for the first time in his career, France, Japan and Ireland. With 65 points, he placed fourth overall in the drivers’ championship, behind his teammate Loeb.
In the 2008 season Sordo finished third in Argentina and second in Jordan.
In the 2010 WRC season Dani Sordo scored a 4th place in the opening round Rally Sweden, no points in the following round in Rally Mexico. In the third round in Rally Jordan he scored another 4th place, in the Turkish Rally he had a retierment, in Rally New-Zealand he scored 5th place and in the latest round in Rally Portugal he scored his first podium finnish of the year in 3rd giving him 49 points up until now and 6th place in the standings