Loeb Not Feeling Under Pressure

World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb said he is not feeling under any pressure to perform in this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours, despite his car starting second on the grid for the French classic

Loeb is taking part in his first major racing event at Le Mans and, with teammates Soheil Ayari and Eric Helary keen on a good result, the Frenchman could be forgiven for letting nerves get the better of him.

But speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Loeb claimed he was enjoying his switch to racing too much to let himself get worried about how well he will perform.

"I'd say pressure is felt more by the people next to me at the moment," he said. "Maybe everything will change in the race, but at the moment I'm too busy savouring every moment of an interesting experience to really feel the pressure."

Although the Pescarolo team have dominated qualifying, with his sister car taking pole position, Loeb believes that rivals Audi will be more of a threat in the race.

"The first sessions seem to demonstrate that the Pescarolos are a bit faster than the Audis which, however, should be able to do less refuelling pit-stops," added Loeb.

"So, I think we can end up in the top three, at least on paper, because there are one thousand uncertainties in a race lasting a full day."

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