But avoiding 66% of the mileage accumulated by most of his opponents may not be considered a good thing for Loeb – especially considering Monte, although he conducted less testing than some others, he competed effectively on an equal footing.

And despite the fact that in the past he was a two-time winner of the Rally of Portugal, Loeb participated in competitions in the north of the country in Matosinhos only once, back in 2019. It’s not a rally that Loeb will remember with warmth, as Hyundai first suffered his fuel pressure problems and then he broke his rear suspension on the power stage.

Affinity Monte

On the contrary, Monte Carlo has always been Loeb’s event. In the end, his success this year equaled the record in the event (eight) and puts Loeb at the top in the number of wins in the WRC Monte.

His performance in 2020 for Hyundai tricked us all into thinking that Loeb might have lost touch, but that was clearly not the case. At a rally where he’s always been great, it’s no wonder Loeb was so competitive.


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