Sebastien Loeb takes a break from the World Rally Championship title battle when he competes in the Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup at Paul Ricard this weekend. The Frenchman heads to the French circuit after victory on Rally Spain on Sunday.
“I have already driven in the Cup and I really like the principal of the discipline,” he said. “It's an individual effort, in the form of a sprint. Everyone races with the same car, the level is very high and the driving is different to what I know. It’s not easy to play the leading roles.”
Loeb is competing in both the French FFSA GT Championship and Carrera Cup at Paul Ricard, but he is not worried about the busy schedule for the weekend.
“When I‘m in a rally, I do not leave my car for three days,” he points out. “This weekend, I come to a track I know, one that furthermore I like. I’ll drive without pressure in a relaxed atmosphere. It is a form of relaxation – I want to make the most of it.”
The Alsace driver may have a habit of winning, but is not expecting things to come so easily when he races the Porsche.
“Driving in the Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup is always a challenge,” he said. “There are many specialists, so it's almost harder for me to win in this series than in rallying. I have not done any testing – I will rediscover the car in free practice. The challenge is very interesting anyway.”