Sebastien Loeb has already had a chance to briefly re-acquaint himself with the Citroen DS3 WRC that he will be driving for the last time in competition as part of the factory team, before a more comprehensive test prior to the start of the Rallye de France next week.
Before then, he faces another tough challenge – and any hopes he had of this year being more relaxed on the travel front than previous years when he was a full-time rally driver have already been dashed.
Loeb is competing in the penultimate round of the FIA GT Series this weekend in Navarra, Spain, having just returned from Peking in China, where he was promoting the Citroen C-Elysee, which forms the basis of his FIA World Touring Car Championship challenger next year.
The day before leaving for China, he briefly took the wheel of the Citroen DS3 WRC again. “I hadn’t driven it since Argentina in May,” he said. “It was good to get a feel for it again before Rallye de France.”
Loeb will get a longer test of the car all day on Monday, before heading to start the recce of his home event. In between all of that, he’s also appeared on various TV shows to coincide with the latest edition of his autobiography.
“That’s what it’s been like at the moment: one thing after another,” pointed out the nine-time world rally champion. But in just over a week’s time, it will be the end of an era.