Loubet to try to have a fresh mindset ahead of 2024

Pierre-Louis Loubet says that his plan is get some rest before the start of the new season and hopes to secure a Rally1 campaign for 2024 after his not having delivered good results for M-Sport Ford this year.

M-Sport Ford offered to Loubet a 13-rally programme for 2023 which was his first ever full-season campaign in World Rally Championship. However, his lack of results forced both parties to end their partnership prematurely as the Malcom Wilson's team confirmed that Loubet's final race of the season would be the Central European Rally and that Adrien Fourmaux will take his place at Rally Japan. The Corsican driver impressed the rallying community in 2022 by setting fastest times with the Puma Rally1 and by fighting for the first place with Sebastien Loeb at Acropolis Rally where he managed to steal the lead from the last one at the end of Friday morning. His results are not so impressive this year as he had four retirements and three restarts under the regulations of Super Rally plus he had not won a single stage during this season while he finished only twice at sixth place overall (Rally Sweden, Rally Estonia). Although M-Sport Ford said that Loubet will be at Rallye Monte Carlo in two months, his future remains unknown as it depends on his sponsors.

"We decided with the team that it was better to stop at this point", Loubet said.

"I hope next year I will have a little bit more luck, that everything will go a bit more on my way.

"The plan now is to have a bit of rest, to try to do a reset on the mindset because it’s been very tough and we will see.

"But I really want to do it again because I think we didn’t show enough in terms of result about our potential, and I’m sure if I have everything in my head and everything around me to do, I can do it.

"I know I can do it, I just need to have everything on my way.

"We will see what it is possible to do. 

"I’m not the only one who knows what will be the WRC future so let’s see.

"I hope I will be able to be in Rally1 next year".

Source: DirtFish.com

Photo Credits: M-Sport

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