Loubet explains his second retirement in Monte Carlo

Pierre-Louis Loubet reveals the reason why he retired on Sunday at Rally Monte Carlo and is talking about his partnership with Nicolas Gilsoul who helped the first one to repair their car.

The Corsican driver did not have an easy relly this weekend as he had no power steering after hitting a rock in Stage 5 and had to drive without power steering for four stages as M-Sport Ford mechanics did not manage to solve this problem ontyre fitting zone. On Saturday, he had to retire after hitting a barrier on the outside of the final corner of Stage 9 resulting in damaging heavily the right rear of his Puma including the bent wheel. Despite the fact that he was able to change the damaged rear link arm, his Puma's hub brocket was also damaged. In addition to these, his team confirmed that he and Nicolas Gilsoul will restart on the final day as M-Sport Ford mechanics fixed their car. However, he was forced to retire again before th start of Stage 17 due to a water leak which he tried to fix it on the road section.

"The pipe of the water pump broke, we don’t know how and why, that was very big bad luck", Loubet said.

"To find the issue took 25 minutes and after that we had a fuel issue, so… 

"I think we had the potential to be very fast this weekend, so I’m very disappointed".

Finally, he is talking about his partnership with Nicolas Gilsoul: "He’s really strong so I’m very happy.

"I think about the philosophy, don’t give up also, so he’s better than me at being a mechanic! 

"That I know now because he found the pipe and that was great for me and honestly he pushed very hard.

"I’m very happy that he is with me but for sure we are a bit disappointed because it was the very first time for us in the stages and the times were with the guys who did the rally last year, so that means on the second pass we were able to be much faster.

"But it’s part of the game".

Source: DirtFish.com

Photo Credits: M-Sport

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