Daniel Elena

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Elena celebrating victory at the 2005 Cyprus Rally.

Daniel Elena (born 26 October 1972) is a Monegasque rally co-driver, currently working with Sébastien Loeb. Between them, the pair have won the World Rally Championship nine times, and currently compete with the Citroën DS3 WRC. Seventy-eight World rally wins (all of them with Loeb) make him the co-driver with the most victories in the history of the WRC.

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 six times (2003–2005, 2007–2008, 2012).

Elena is the first person to receive the Michael Park trophy, which is now given yearly to the best co-driver.

Personal life[edit]

Elena is married and he has 2 children. He and his family reside near Lausanne, Switzerland.[1]

Commitment[edit]

Daniel 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.[2]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1999 Equipe de France FFSA Citroën Saxo Kit Car MON SWE KEN POR ESP
Ret
FRA
19
ARG GRE NZL FIN CHN ITA
21
AUS GBR
2000 Sébastien Loeb Citroën Saxo Kit Car MON SWE KEN POR ESP ARG GRE NZL FIN
Ret
CYP GBR
38
Equipe de France FFSA Toyota Corolla WRC FRA
9
ITA
10
AUS
2001 Sébastien Loeb Citroën Saxo Kit Car MON
15
SWE
Ret
POR
Citroën Saxo S1600 ESP
15
ARG CYP GRE
19
KEN FIN
28
NZL FRA
13
AUS GBR
15
Automobiles Citroën Citroën Xsara WRC ITA
2
2002 Automobiles Citroën Citroën Xsara WRC MON
2
SWE
17
FRA ESP
Ret
CYP ARG GRE
7
KEN
5
FIN
10
GER
1
ITA NZL GBR
Ret
Piedrafita Sport AUS
7
2003 Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC MON
1
SWE
7
TUR
Ret
NZL
4
ARG
Ret
GRE
Ret
CYP
3
GER
1
FIN
5
AUS
2
ITA
1
FRA
13
ESP
2
GBR
2
2004 Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC MON
1
SWE
1
MEX
Ret
NZL
4
CYP
1
GRE
2
TUR
1
ARG
2
FIN
4
GER
1
JPN
2
GBR
2
ITA
2
FRA
2
ESP
Ret
AUS
1
2005 Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC MON
1
SWE
Ret
MEX
4
NZL
1
ITA
1
CYP
1
TUR
1
GRE
1
ARG
1
FIN
2
GER
1
GBR
3
JPN
2
FRA
1
ESP
1
AUS
Ret
2006 Kronos Total Citroën WRT Citroën Xsara WRC MON
2
SWE
2
MEX
1
ESP
1
FRA
1
ARG
1
ITA
1
GRE
2
GER
1
FIN
2
JPN
1
CYP
1
TUR
AUS
NZL
GBR
2007 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC MON
1
SWE
2
NOR
14
MEX
1
POR
1
ARG
1
ITA
Ret
GRE
2
FIN
3
GER
1
NZL
2
ESP
1
FRA
1
JPN
Ret
IRE
1
GBR
3
2008 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC MON
1
SWE
Ret
MEX
1
ARG
1
JOR
10
ITA
1
GRE
1
TUR
3
FIN
1
GER
1
NZL
1
ESP
1
FRA
1
JPN
3
GBR
1
2009 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC IRE
1
NOR
1
CYP
1
POR
1
ARG
1
ITA
4
GRE
Ret
POL
7
FIN
2
AUS
2
ESP
1
GBR
1
2010 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC SWE
2
MEX
1
JOR
1
TUR
1
NZL
3
POR
2
BUL
1
FIN
3
GER
1
JPN
5
FRA
1
ESP
1
GBR
1
2011 Citroën Total WRT Citroën DS3 WRC SWE
6
MEX
1
POR
2
JOR
3
ITA
1
ARG
1
GRE
2
FIN
1
GER
2
AUS
10
FRA
Ret
ESP
1
GBR
Ret
2012 Citroën Total WRT Citroën DS3 WRC MON
1
SWE
6
MEX
1
POR
Ret
ARG
1
GRE
1
NZL
1
FIN
1
GER
1
GBR
2
FRA
1
ITA
Ret
ESP
1

JWRC Results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6
2001 Sébastien Loeb Citroën Saxo Kit Car ESP
1
GRE
1
Citroën Saxo S1600 FIN
1
ITA FRA
1
GBR
1

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Laure Manaudou
Alain Bernard
French Sportperson of the Year
(with Sébastien Loeb)

2007
2009
Succeeded by
Alain Bernard
Christophe Lemaitre