Sebastien Loeb enjoyed a successful return to Le Mans after taking part in the annual test day for the 24 Hour race later this month.
Loeb joined Nicolas Marroc and Jean-Karl Vernay at the wheel of the LMP2 class Oreca 03-Nissan being run by his own Sebastien Loeb Racing team in the European Le Mans Series this season.
While the team isn't competing at Le Mans this year, the decision to take part in the test day was taken as the team evaluates lodging an entry for the race in 2013.
Despite that, the trio ended the day an impressive fifth in LMP2 and 18th overall of the 61 cars in action.
“I did a test session at Magny-Cours at the start of the week and that's the first time I'd driven an LMP2 car,” Loeb said on his personal website. “As for Le Mans itself, I've not driven there since 2006. It took me a little bit of time to get used to everything in the morning - I was seeing the apexes after I had driven past them! But then the feeling came back and it was really good fun. I just tried to adjust the set-up a bit and improve without taking any risks. The result was good, so it's mission accomplished.”
Ahead of the test on Sunday, Loeb took victory in the Rallye du Chablais in Switzerland on Saturday – coming home more than five minutes ahead of his closest rival at the wheel of his Citroen DS3 WRC.