Petter Solberg and Sebastien Loeb will go head-to-head again this weekend when the 2013 FIA European Rallycross Championship season resumes in France.
Solberg is contesting the whole European Rallycross Championship this year, the first time he has done a full season of rallycross since 1996, while Loeb will be making a guest appearance at the Loheac circuit in Brittany.
Both will drive the Citroen DS3 Supercar, with Petter of course in the familiar all-carbon machine built by his own team.
“Of course it's not just Loeb I'll be fighting this weekend," said the 2003 World Rally Champion. "There are some really strong drivers doing the championship all year, who are so tough to beat. This is one of the most competitive environments that I have ever found myself in. It should be a hell of a fight and I'm looking forward to it so much. Competition is what it's all about for me.”
Solberg has been dogged by mechanical issues this year in the European Rallycross Championship, but he will have a 'secret weapon' this weekend, namely a brand new engine.
“I don't want to say too much, but we should have more power and we're feeling super-confident now,” added the Norwegian, who will test for one day at Dreux in northern France before heading to Loheac. “We've shown plenty of speed in the past; the only thing we need is just a little bit more luck. All the ingredients are in place now; so we're looking forward to a big weekend.
“There's been so much excitement about this race, and it's quite a challenging track. I actually think of it more as being all-gravel rather than with some asphalt, so it will be very important to get the suspension set-up right to make the most of that.”