Following its debut at Barcelona, and alongside its Porsche Carrera Cup France participation, Sébastien Loeb Racing continued to learn the ins and outs of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. At Monaco, Maxime Jousse and Roar Lindland were on track and although the young Frenchman, rookie in this series, finished 12th, the Norwegian was forced to retire after a few laps following mechanical failure due to contact. The Alsacian team took advantage of the action in the principality to gain experience that will no doubt be useful in the future.
Quickly on the pace for his debut in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and on the famous Monaco circuit, Maxime Jousse signed the seventh time in free practice. Caught out by two red flags in qualifying, the young Frenchman started the race from the sixth row, only three tenths from sixth place. After losing one position in avoiding an incident, Maxime returned to form a few laps later. Despite attacking well, he was unable to take the advantage over his competitor and crossed the finish line in 12th place.
With the 17th fastest time in free practice, Roar Lindland was also held up by the two red flags during qualifying. Following a good start, he gained two positions. Unfortunately, due to contact with another car, he fell victime to a mechanical issue that forced him to retire.
Franck Tiné, Sporting Director: « The team learned a lot this weekend but we are still looking for more. We feel like the final result doesn’t reflect our performance level. Maxime showed promising things, but was unable to capitalise in qualifying. He wouldn’t have been far from the top five. In the race, he did very well, but everyone knows it’s difficult to pass at Monaco. As for Roar, with his dedication and his work, including in the simulator, he has shown very good progress. The17th position in practice was promising. His first laps in the race were also interesting. Ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, we discovered a very unique atmosphere : it’s good for the team and our partners to race at this type of event, on such a difficult circuit and in a tough championship. We must walk away with the positives and capitalise on this for the next races. »
Roar Lindland : « Practice was positive with the 17th fastest time. It was a much better performance for me than last year. Qualifying was more difficult with typical Monaco issues : in addition to the two red flags, I must have had about 10 yellow flags. Each time, my first and second sectors were good, but there was an incident in the third. I started in 21st with the hope of gaining positions in the first few laps. I had a good start and was running 19th before retiring due to an issue at the right rear. I think it’s due to contact I had in the first few laps. It’s a shame because the car was handling very well in race conditions and I was pushing to gain positions. Monaco is one of the biggest challenges of the season and there are several positive things to keep from this weekend. We keep building and I’m looking forward to return to the track. Following Imola and Monaco, where we experienced a certain amount of bad luck, I hope to have a good result in Lédenon. »
Sébastien Loeb Racing will now focus on another very busy weekend. While part of the team will be at Lédenon for the Porsche Carrera Cup France and French GT Championship, the other will be at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day !