Loeb is no longer a full-time rally driver, instead opting to devote some of his time to circuit racing. The seven-time champion and the most successful driver in WRC history, though, has agreed to compete in select races for Citroen, which includes Argentina.
With Al Qassimi's Citroen (with 107 points) having slipped in the 13-race championship after a good start to the season, the Emirati driver expects Loeb can help collect some much-needed points to catch up with leaders Volkswagen Motorsport (121).
"It's going to be tough to get the lead back, but Sebastien has a fantastic record in Argentina [which hosts the fifth race of the season] and if he can do the job again this time it could help the team turn things around," said Al Qassimi.
"Even though he is no longer in rallying full time, he has the knowledge and experience to win this event again, and that will be his only target."
Having secured his first WRC points of the season with a battling drive into ninth place at Rally Portugal last month, Al Qassimi will make his third of nine appearances in the championship this season in the Acropolis Rally in Greece from May 31 to June 2.
With the Frenchman Loeb and Daniel Elena teaming up with Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen in Argentina, Spain's Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio take over from Al Qassimi and Scott Martin in the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT, the second WRC team created by the partnership between Abu Dhabi Racing and Citroen Racing.
After Wednesday's qualifying and super special stages, Rally Argentina begins in earnest on Thursday, with four special stages to be negotiated as Loeb and Hirvonen look to repeat their 1-2 domination of the rally last year.
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