The Sébastien Loeb Racing hopes for victory in its plural form as part of the Porsche Carrera Cup France. Indeed the team is not only aiming for the first place in the overall rankings but also for a B-class win and a Teams’ title. Their quest will begin at the week-end around the hills of Lédenon where the squad, co-founded by Sébastien Loeb and Dominique Heintz, will commit and do their utmost for the four Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to shine; four cars which have been carefully prepared and entrusted to the magic square that Maxime Jousse, Joffrey de Narda, Christophe Lapierre and Roar Lindland together constitute.
Despite three wins, three poles and five best lap times posted during last season’s races, Maxime Jousse ended up five points away from the highly-coveted first place. After a hard-working winter recess, the driver from the Côte d’Azur is now ready and determined, looking forward to fighting again on the track in Le Gars where he came first last June.
“I hope that our results will be in keeping with last season’s and I’m happy to receive the Sébastien Loeb Racing’s trust for the third year in a row. Continuing with that particular team, one of the most professional ones in France, stood as a priority for me”, he says. “If we manage to get rid of the couple of mistakes we made last year, there’s no reason for us not to keep up with the race. We’ve organised several test days over the last couple of weeks, including Porsche’s official practice sessions.
“We’ve worked on elements that required improvement, with a specific attention to the qualifying, focusing on how the car adapts to new tyres. The progress we’ve made is encouraging. The minimum goal in Lédenon will be to claim podiums and to score some important points. The team has reaffirmed their confidence in me because they want to aim for the title, so there’s only one thing left for me to do…”
Amongst his opponents will obviously be his teammate Joffrey de Narda. For his second “Cup season” the youngest driver of the competition – 19 years old – intends to reach further than a podium. And now that he is familiar with how the Porsche behaves on that rolling track near Nîmes, the ambitious young driver will more than ever aim for the front of the race.
In the B-class, three times champion Christophe Lapierre is hungry for revenge and will compete for nothing else than the first place, wishing to get back the crown that he lost last season. But just like in the overall rankings, the driver from Montélimar will race alongside one of the most serious contenders of his team as he will be fighting the super fast Roar Lindland, last year’s vice-champion.
While his first campaign in France with the Sébastien Loeb Racing was mostly about discovering the different tracks, the Norwegian driver is now familiar with all of their specificities. “And, as he was himself underlying recently : “the aim is to do better each year, so what can we expect after a second place…”
“I can’t wait to be back at Lédenon. It was a difficult track for my first go last year, but I liked it a lot. We were unlucky at the time there but I hope to be able to show our full power and maximum speed again and to continue on working well with the team. We’re well-prepared for this coming season, particularly here in Lédenon, and I am looking forward to getting back to the championship and to our opponents. We’re racing to win, but the competition is so keenly-fought… That’s why our primer goal will be to reach the best place possible.”
The four aces of Soultz-Sous-Forêts’s team will take to the track on Saturday April 18th at 8:50am for the qualifying before pitting against a tough pack at 02:05pm. On the following day, Sunday April 19th, a second qualifying session will take place at 08:30am while the second race will begin on the twelve strokes of midday. This first round, as well as all of the GT Tour’s other races of the season, will be available on the Sébastien Loeb Racing’s official website.