Citroen's Sebastien Loeb will bring the curtain down on his illustrious career in the WRC next week on Rallye de France and while he has said he wants to get the best result possible, he insists his main priority is simply to enjoy it.
Loeb scaled back his WRC commitments this year and will switch to circuit racing in 2014, competing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship
and driving Citroen's new C-Elysee WTCC car.
This year he has taken on all-sorts of different challenges, including shattering the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record back in July, but this will be his final ever WRC event – at least for the foreseeable future – and given he hasn't done a WRC round since winning in Argentina some five months ago, he concedes he could be a bit rusty.
“Obviously, my aim is to achieve the best possible result, but you have to bear in mind that I haven't competed in a rally since the start of May. And even then, it was on gravel in Argentina,” Loeb said ahead of his home event.
“OK, so I haven't exactly been dossing around the house since then, but I'll inevitably need some time to adapt and get back into the swing of things. How long it takes me to get up to speed will probably determine the final outcome for us.
“There's no pressure on me though, no championship to go for and I've nothing to prove. Above all, I'm here to enjoy myself, and thank all the people who have supported me for so long.
“I hope it'll be a great big party.”