There’s just seven days before the green flag drops for the 2012 Le Mans 24hrs. Audi looks good to swipe outright honours, but LMP2 is seemingly wide open if the test day is anything to go by.
Look past the OAK Racing, Level 5 Motorsport and Jota pacesetters on the day though and one name will stand out: Sebastien Loeb Racing. Yep, THE Sebastien Loeb: eight-time World Rally Champion and former-Le Mans 24hrs runner-up with Pescarolo Sport. Now the Champ is looking to take Le Mans class honours with his eponymous team.
Before you get too excited, the team is not set to compete at Le Mans this year. Its first season of the European Le Mans Series more than enough to concentrate on. But Sebastien Loeb Racing attendance at Le Mans test day hints strongly at a full LMP2 assault at the event next year. And with Loeb lapping fifth fastest in-class with the help of team-mates Nicolas Marroc and Jean-Karl Vernay, the Oreca 03 Nissan might be worth a cheeky each way bet in 2013.
To help get warmed up for its inaugural year of endurance racing, Sebastien Loeb Racing is also fielding six 911 GT3 Cup Porsches in the French GT Championship. One of which rather interestingly is being driven by up-and-comer Vincent Beltoise – nephew of former Formula One driver Jean-Pierre – who made his crankandpiston bow recently.