Despite taking his third victory of the 2015 FIA World Touring Car Championship season in on home soil at Paul Ricard, Sebastien Loeb admits he is leaving the French round disappointed following a self-inflicted race two retirement.

Starting from his maiden pole position in race one, the Citroen driver defended an attack at the first corner, before going clear to win by six seconds from team-mate Yvan Muller.

"First of all, I was really pleased to be starting from pole position for the first time in the FIA WTCC," he said. "I didn't get a great start. I didn't handle the clutch well and I found myself battling to hold on to my position in the first lap.

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"After pulling a few lengths clear thanks to the scrap between Yvan and Pechito, I was able to drive with greater peace of mind, keeping to my racing line."

Race two wasn't as successful for him, though, with the Citroen C-Elysee sustaining terminal damage in a collision with a tyre stack. The exit means Loeb's title hopes have hit a

"I got a good start in Race 2 and found myself on the tail of Ma Qing Ha. I made a stupid mistake on Turn 4 and hit the tyre stack on the outside. There was just too much damage and I had to give up.

"Despite notching up my third win of the season, it's not been a positive meeting for me overall, as I've fallen further behind in the Championship."

Loeb will be hoping for a better result next time out in Portugal, on July 12.

by Jake Kilshaw