Sebastien Loeb's fairytale season took a turn for the worse when he suffered a fractured arm after a quad bike accident on Tuesday evening.

“I was riding on a forest gravel trail and my front wheel got stuck against a rock,” explained Loeb on his official website. “I went over the handlebars and landed on my shoulder.”

The Frenchman was hospitalised in Lausanne, Switzerland: "I was operated on this morning and saw the doctor this evening. He reassured me about my health condition," added the Kronos driver.

Loeb only needed a fourth place in the upcoming Rally Turkey to wrap up his third World Championship title but it now appears that he won't be at the wheel of his Xsara so early: “The operation went well but I won't be able to participate in Rally Turkey, that's for sure!” confirmed Sebastien. “I hope to be fine very soon.”

Kronos Racing have not made any announcement for their driver line-up in Turkey. Dani Sordo and Xevi Pons could be nominated as number one and two drivers for the team or the Belgian squad might decide to find a more experienced driver to back Sordo as the second nominated driver.


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