Porsche Carrera Cup France

Sébastien Loeb Racing : Turned up into a first win

Porsche Cup 2014 Imola
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The third round of the Porsche Carrera Cup France will take place next May 31st and June 1st on the circuit of Lédenon in the south of France. After the second round in Ital, at Imola, the Sébastien Loeb Racing has confirmed the beginning of its season with a double podium in the first of the two races with Maxime Jousse and Nicolas Marroc. Thanks to his consistency, Maxime Jousse is currently in third place on the overall rankings. The team now aims for a first win !

« The outcome of the season’s first two rounds is positive because we have proved to be on it, whether in Le Mans or in Imola » says Sporting Director  Franck Tiné. « We have six drivers therefore six opportunities to reach the podium or to win either in the overall rankings or in the Gentlemen Drivers class. Our team has lots of potential and the mindset is amazing. We all share information. There is a great human aspect which will help the team in being successful. In Lédenon, victory is clearly all we are after. »

Unfortunate with a recalcitrant gearbox on the starting grid of the first Italian race, Sacha Bottemanne now wants to take his revenge and wishes to overcome the bad luck that has been on him since the start of the season. « I am going to do my best and will refrain myself from making any prediction since it has never brought me good luck until here. Lédenon is a track where I feel comfortable. I have already reached the podium there in Porsche Carrera Cup France. What happened in Imola has not affected me so much. The qualifying sessions were very tight, just as usual, and we did good, that is what we should keep in mind. All the more since during race 2, the longer one, I was able to keep up with Nicolas Armindo and Lonni Martins, despite worn tyres, and managed to save a 7th place. So mentally, I am definitely ready ! »

18 years old young rookie Joffrey de Narda has continued learning in the discipline. He had already been in the lead in the difficult conditions of Le Mans, proving the fast driver he is. « Imola showed that I still have to progress in dry conditions » says Joffrey. « I have learnt a lot and my driving has developed and improved. It is different from driving a single-seater where you must be gentle, here I have to attack, to go on the curbs. That is what I had the most difficulties with in Italy where the gaps were very little since I was 10th on the starting grid and only six tenths away from the pole position.

« My objective in Lédenon is to keep working on finding the limits of the car, all the more since I am not familiar with driving the Porsche on that track. A good result would be to finish within the Top 10. But my primer objective is to end up on the podium. If I manage to fix everything, then we can expect a good result. »

Despite discovering a new playground right next to Nîmes, Roar Lindland will surely adapt quickly to the Lédenon track. He has shown that he is a well-implicated, rigorous and therefore fast learner.

« I am happy with the progress I have made since the beginning of the year and I enjoy the professional relationship that we have established with the Sébastien Loeb Racing. The first round at Le Mans went quite well. I discovered a new racetrack in Imola and the pole position in race 2 was a great achievement. Later on we were leading the race when I got spun-off the track by another driver. Bad luck really. I am looking forward to racing in Lédenon, a hilly and very technical circuit with characteristics that I am used to. I will keep on pushing because I really want to get a good result. »   

After a round outside of France, the Porsche Carrera Cup France is about to return to the atmosphere of the GT Tour events. The Sébastien Loeb Racing will be competing as part of the French GT Championship as well.

The two 30-minute free practice sessions will take place on the Friday, before both a qualifying and a race on each day Saturday and Sunday. Those two rounds will be broadcast live on the team website.

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