Sebastien Loeb already feeling at home in European Rallycross
|By David Evans||Friday, August 30th 2013, 10:20 GMT|
Sebastien Loeb is sure he can hit the ground running when he makes his European Rallycross debut for his home round at Loheac this weekend.
The nine-time World Rally champion drives a Citroen DS3 Supercar in France, and says he is not fazed by his lack of rallycross competition.
"I did a day of testing in Loheac," said Loeb, "and by the end of the test we were finetuning the car, with only small changes needed - we were working on the suspension and the differential.
"I was really pleased with the atmosphere in the team, they told me to go for it from the start... I didn't need telling twice."
While Loeb has not competed in the European series, he won rallycross gold at last year's X Games in Los Angeles.
"Last year, in America, the track was more like a superspecial in the town," said Loeb, "but this track is much more like a mixture between the WRC and circuit racing.
"To tell the truth, I wasn't too disorientated coming back to this kind of environment - the car reminds me a lot of the DS3 XL I drove in America last year.
"It's a bit like the feeling of coming back to the World Rally Car after some time away; after two or three laps it was good."
Loeb admitted he is looking forward to big support at his first of two home events this season - the second, October's Rally of France, is expected to mark the end of Loeb's WRC career.
"I think there will be quite a lot of people," said Loeb. "I was very impressed by how many people turned up for my day of testing at Loheac – and that was in the middle of the week."
Loeb will face fellow WRC stars Petter Solberg and Kris Meeke at this weekend's event.
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