Loeb wins in FIA GT

Sebastien Loeb and Alvaro Parente wins FIA GT Series opener in France
WRC legend Sebastien Loeb claimed a superb victory at the traditional Coupes De Pâques meeting at Nogaro in south-west France on Sunday, the opening round in the 2013 FIA GT Series.

Loeb, who is competing in the event in his Sebastien Loeb Racing-run McLaren MP4-12C, was sharing the car with Alvaro Parente.

Loeb took over the wheel from Parente just after the half way mark of the 60-minute qualifying race and he then proceeded to hunt down the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT entered Audi R8 LMS ultra of Niki Mayr-Melnhof.

In a breathtaking around the outside manoeuvre at the hairpin, Loeb surged ahead and eventually won by a clear 5 seconds.

For Loeb, it was a dream start to his first full-season campaign as a circuit driver and immediately after the race he paid tribute to his team-mate.

“Alvaro was very good today, he did a great start in the qualifying race and even if our competitors closed the door he never let them go,” Loeb remarked. “It is very different from what I am used to doing, but I am here to learn. I had a really good time driving the car. It was a great fight from the start to the finish.”

FIA GT Series boss Stephane Ratel added: “This was a wonderful way to start the 2013 FIA GT Series season. A large crowd, a good grid of cars and a great result for Sebastien Loeb and his team in their home country.

“Tomorrow [Monday] we will see an even larger crowd I am sure and some more exceptional GT racing.”

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sokudo - Unregistered

April 01, 2013 8:29 PM

It's obvious Loeb is probably the greatest rally car driver of all time. I have a lot of respect for a lot of others but I do believe Loeb is GOAT. I have to say though his turn of speed here is a pleasant surprise. I figured he'd have a little bit of adapting trouble but he's straight in there winning, knowing how to overtake too! Loeb could yet evolve into one of the most versatile drivers and one of the greatest overall drivers of all time. As a huge motorsports fan, this is great to see.

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