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Pierre-Louis Loubet, M-Sport
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How M-Sport's faith in Loubet led to a WRC reprieve after a dismal 2021

It's fair to say 2021 was a year to forget for Pierre-Louis Loubet. A maiden full World Rally Championship season offered hope but soon turned into a nightmare that ended in hospital, after being hit by a car in a road traffic accident. Now handed a lifeline by M-Sport, the Frenchman is desperate to rebuild his career

Time, as they say, is a great healer. This certainly applies to World Rally Championship driver Pierre-Louis Loubet, who will resume a fledgling top-flight rally career at Rally Croatia this weekend - an opportunity he thought wouldn’t be possible.

Six months ago had painted a very different landscape for the 2019 WRC2 champion Loubet. The 2021 season started with high hopes and anticipation ahead of his maiden full season in the WRC, driving a 2C Competition-run Hyundai i20. But what unfolded was a series of struggles and misery. A string of accidents and technical issues from an under-developed car masked glimpses of speed.

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