He may have cut back on his World Rally Championship commitments, but Sebastien Loeb shows no signs of taking it easy in 2013.

The Frenchman, who racked up nine WRC titles in as many years, scaled back on the discipline in an attempt to rejuvenate himself, turning his hand to circuit racing as an alternative motivation. Although he will appear on selected rallies this season - and seems to be the only driver able to keep current points leader Sebastien Ogier honest when he does - Loeb has already begun to make his mark as a GT racer, and will tackle the fearsome Pikes Peak hillclimb with a Peugeot 208 T16 later in the year.

Having taken in several Porsche Carrera Cup France events in recent seasons, and claiming a double victory at the 2012 Grand Prix de Pau, Loeb has announced that he will be in the field for the opening two rounds of the 2013 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, supporting the Spanish and Monaco grands prix, using the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991.

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"Running in this championship is quite a challenge - a challenge that is almost an impossible!" he wrote on his official website, "I've always enjoyed my experiences in Porsche Carrera Cup France. This is real racing! Everyone has the same car and you have to fight. They are always hotly-contested races with great battles.

"The Porsche Supercup is another level above, where I'll be racing with specialists against whom it will be difficult to compete. I know a little about Barcelona, but I've never been to Monaco. It is this discovery that attracted me, as I want to maximise my time on circuits this season and learn as much as possible.

"They will undoubtedly be two very rewarding races, especially as I find myself in the heart of a grid that will certainly be very exciting.

"But it is also a great opportunity to have fun. Besides pure control, they are very cool events taking place alongside F1. They will be fun to drive, but also the pleasure of attending two grands prix, including Monaco, is always a special moment."