Sebastien Loeb is looking to strike back immediately at Slovakiaring after suffering a miserable race weekend in Russia last time out.

After a disaster in qualifying at the Moscow Raceway, Loeb had to battle his way through the pack from 11th on the grid on both races, but with overtaking proving particularly difficult the nine-time World Rally Champion could only manage ninth and seventh place finishes.

As a result, Loeb lost vital ground in the WTCC championship race, slipping to third behind his Citroen team-mate Yvan Muller. Loeb is determined to recover in Slovakia and hunts a return to the top step of the podium.

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"I have to bounce back and hope things turn out a little better for me," Loeb said. "In Moscow, I didn't really feel comfortable with the car in free practice, and I paid a heavy price in qualifying.

"I think I'll do better in Slovakia, not least because the circuit is better suited to our Citro?n C-Elys?e WTCC. After a rough time of late, I'll have to score plenty of points to make sure my teammates don't pull too far ahead at the top."

12 months ago Loeb got the better of Jose Maria Lopez to claim victory in Slovakia in race one, while race two was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions which made it unsafe to race.

Loeb trails defending WTCC champion Lopez by 54 points in the drivers' standings while Muller sits in second 29 points in front of the Frenchman.