Sébastien Loeb Racing experienced the highs and lows of competing in the world’s premier one make GT championship, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, on Sunday in Monaco. The French team would get one car, in the hands of series rookie Maxime Jousse into a fantastic twelfth position whilst the second entry of Norwegian Roar Lindland ended the race early in retirement.
In a weekend that has highlighted the young Frenchman as a future Supercup star, Jousse achieved the seventh fastest time in free practice. Unfortunately, the series debutant was caught out by two red flags during the qualifying session and thus was unable to show his full potential, qualifying on the sixth row of the grid.
The youngster would lose another position after narrowly avoiding an incident ahead of him at the race start but would soon return to his practice pace and concluded the event on the fabulous Monaco layout in twelfth position.
Lindland’s weekend was not quite as pleasant as his French teammate’s; the Norwegian could only manage seventeenth in free practice and was also badly affected by the two red flags in qualifying. After a positive start, Roar had climbed up to a respectable fifteenth place but following contact with a competitor, a mechanical failure forced him out of the race.
Sporting Director Franck Tiné came away from the event with mixed feelings, concluding “The team learned a lot this weekend but we are still looking for more. We feel like the final result does not reflect our performance level. Maxime showed promising things but was unable to capitalise in qualifying. As for Roar, with his dedication and his work, including in the simulator, he has shown very good progress. It is 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.”