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Daniel Elena (born 26 October 1972) is a Monégasque rally co-driver working with Sébastien Loeb. Between them, the pair have won the World Rally Championship (WRC) nine times, and currently compete with Hyundai. 79 wins make him the co-driver with the most victories in the history of the WRC.
Elena in 2012.
|Born||26 October 1972|
|World Rally Championship record|
|Active years||1998–2013, 2015, 2018–present|
|Teams||Citroën, Kronos Citroën, Hyundai|
|Championships||9 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)|
|First rally||1998 Monte Carlo Rally|
|First win||2002 Rallye Deutschland|
|Last win||2018 Rally Catalunya|
|Last rally||2020 Rally Turkey|
He started rallying in 1997 as co-driver to Hervé Bernard, but became Loeb's co-driver the following season and quickly developed a strong relationship with him, winning the Citroën Saxo Trophy in 1999 and the French gravel title the following year.
In 2001, they won the FIA Super 1600 championship in their Citroën Saxo, becoming an obvious choice for Citroën's WRC team, which they made their first start for that year, going on to take their first win at Rallye Deutschland in 2002. They went on to take nine consecutive World Rally Championship titles between 2004 and 2012.
Loeb and Elena have won Elena's home rally, the famous Monte Carlo Rally seven times (2003–2005, 2007–2008, 2012–2013).
Elena is the first person to have received the Michael Park Trophy, which is now given yearly to the best co-driver.
Elena is divorced and has 2 daughters, Romane and Dorine, with his former wife. He and his new companion Anais Reyne welcomed a daughter, Joy, on 9 October 2020.
Elena is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.
Complete WRC resultsEdit
|1998||Daniel Elena||Peugeot 106 Rallye||MON
* Season still in progress.
|2001||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën Saxo Kit Car||ESP
|Citroën Saxo S1600||FIN
- Elena has started 180 events as a co-driver and one as a driver.
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|Awards and achievements|
| French Sportsperson of the Year
(with Sébastien Loeb)