Double racing success for Loeb in France
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While Loeb has achieved success in sportscar racing before, his win on the tight and twisty street course, similar in character to the famous Monaco Grand Prix circuit, marked his first triumph as a team owner.
“Now that I’m the boss, I suppose I’ve got to do everything - including winning the races!” he joked afterwards.
The first race was held on Saturday evening, while the second race took place during the day on Sunday. To add to Loeb’s delight, his Sebastien Loeb Racing team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay finished runner-up on both occasions.
“I’m sure if I hadn’t been there we would have won anyway, but it’s a special feeling to have won the first race for our team myself,” said Loeb, who started the races from pole position. “I wasn’t scoring championship points, so for me the most important thing was not to hold up Jean-Karl and allow the others to catch him. This means that I had to push very hard: in the second race I had a big lock-up, but I managed to get away with it. I really enjoyed the first race too: there’s something special about racing at night.”
Loeb will be back on duty in the FIA World Rally Championship powered by Nokia on the Acropolis Rally in Greece from 25-27 May in his Citroen DS3 WRC.
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