After competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup France since its debut in 2012, Sebastien Loeb Racing is preparing to expand its horizons as it embarks on an entry to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
The team will send two Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars to five rounds of the Formula 1 support series, starting at Barcelona before tackling Monaco, Hockenheim, Spa-Francorchamps and Sochi. Driving duties will be taken by Roland Berville and Roar Lindland, with Maxime Jousse taking the wheel at Monaco.
“It’s a logical step in our international expansion,” said team co-founder Dominique Heintz. “We have raced in GT and in Protos at the European level, it made sense to explore new playing fields in Porsche Cup. It’s a starting point before considering a full-time presence in 2015. That’s our hope, but the level is so high that we have to take the time to properly put together this Supercup program. We will ramp up gradually, allow different drivers to race, everyone will be able to amass valuable experience. We are going to measure ourselves according to what works best with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. We know we will have to be patient and we’re humbled by the task we have to accomplish.”
”The races are very competitive, the battles very tight, and you have to have experience,” added Lindland, who has previously competed in the Supercup. “We are about to go through an important season because it is part of a long-term grand scheme. The team will experience the Supercup and, together, we have chosen the most trying circuits, like Monaco, Spa and potentially Sotchi. But it’s on the tracks that we will learn the most. It may be difficult, but it will be worth it! I want to do better than in my first Supercup season. I want to improve and continue to do so.”
Alongside its Supercup presence, Sebastien Loeb Racing will continue to field six 911 GT3 Cup cars in the Porsche Carrera Cup France, as well as an Oreca 03 LMP2 in the European Le Mans Series and a pair of Audi R8 LMS ultras in the GT Championship of France.