INTERVIEW: Loeb ready to roar on home soil with 208 WRX Evo

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Frenchman and Hansen tied second in WRX standings ahead of Lohéac event.

Sébastien Loeb knows that an FIA World Rallycross victory on home soil at Lohéac this weekend could boost Team Peugeot Total‘s chances of beating PSRX Volkswagen Sweden to the 2018 team title. Here is all you need to know:

– The Frenchman and teammate Timmy Hansen are currently tied second on 140 points in the 2018 driver’s standings behind 2017 king Johan Kristoffersson, who leads the way in his title defence on 195.

– Loeb is keen to build on his return to form in Canada’s last round and a successful Chateauroux test, while Timmy has excelled at the last three stops.

– Round eight in Brittany sees Loeb compete on a track where he holds the lap record with the upgraded 2018 Peugeot 208 WRX Evo producing the goods since it was introduced at the Holjes round in June.

– Support should be no problem for Team Peugeot Total with 75,000 fans as Loeb looks to go one better than his runner-up spot last year on the 1.088km long track that is 33% asphalt and 66% gravel.

– Loeb, 44, revealed: “Loheac is a lot of fun to drive but there’s no secret to it: you’ve just got to be clean and fast everywhere and it’s important to get a very good start. It’s a track that can be demanding on the tyres.”

– Hansen, 26, said: “For us, this feels a bit like going to Le Mans: it’s one of the big races of the year! I think it should suit us quite well: the gravel is very grippy when it’s dry, which is typical of French circuits, so it’s actually very similar to the gravel that we have tested on before.”

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