PARIS (AP) -- Nine-time rally world champion Sebastien Loeb will compete at the Dakar Rally Raid for the first time next year.
The Frenchman, who ended his full-time rally career in 2012 to concentrate on his World Touring Car Championship career, will drive for Peugeot at the race held in Argentina and Bolivia from January 3-16, 2016.
Loeb, who also holds the record for the famous Pikes Peak hill climb, said: "Dakar is something that appeals to me, it is a huge adventure. It's a great challenge to go and compete there and drive in the desert."
The 41-year-old Loeb will prepare for the Dakar at the Morocco Rally from Oct. 3-9 alongside Carlos Sainz, his former teammate in the world rally championship.