WTCC Race of Slovakia: Loeb: I need to bounce back immediately

Sebastien Loeb says he's targeting a fight back in Slovakia after falling behind in the WTCC championship battle due to a poor show in Russia
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.

“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 Citroën C-Elysée 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.

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Sebastien Loeb - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Nestor Girolami, Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo, WTCC [Credit: WTCC]
Tom Chilton, Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen [Credit: XPB]
Tom Coronel, Roal Chevrolet [Credit: WTCC media]
Gabriele Tarquini, Lada, Moscow [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing [credit: Florent Gooden / DPP]
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]

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