2010 Rally France to Have Tribute Stage for Sebastien Loeb

This season's Rally France will no longer be based in Corse, its traditional home for the past 35 years, but in Strasbourg. This means the stages will offer the WRC drivers some new experiences, especially to reigning champion Sebastien Loeb. And that's because the rally will this year travel through Loeb's hometown of Haguenau.

According to the rally organizers, the decision to include Haguenau on the official map of the 2010 Rally France was made as a tribute to the six-time world champion.

I’m very happy that the route is going through Haguenau – that’s really nice. My memories of the stages in the area are somewhat fragmented, but I’ve got a vague idea of what to expect. I think it’s going to be a little more technical than the Rallye Deutschland, the roads in Alsace tend to be more twisty,” said Loeb.

The rally will run from September 30 to October 3 and will count as the 11th round of the 2010 WRC. The French event will return to the series after one year of absence, as part of FIA's rotational system implemented a few years back. A few hours ago, Rally France was also confirmed for the next season of the WRC, although it's yet uncertain if the event will return to Corse or stay in Alsace.

I’m sure we’re going to see loads of people there,” said Loeb, further referring to the atmosphere he and the other rally drivers will encounter in France. This year's Rally France will also include rounds in the S-WRC, P-WRC and J-WRC, meaning the crowd will come in great numbers to watch their favorites at play.
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