The reigning World Rally Champion drove the 20-kilometre mountain road for the first time in anger at the weekend, with the first half tackled on Saturday (8 June) and the second half on Sunday.
“I feel very confident with the car,” Loeb said after setting the quickest time on both days.
“That’s a reassuring start, if only because of the speeds we get up to here. We are already getting close to the limit in many places. All we need to do now is make some detail changes and we will be ready for the Big Day!”
On Friday 7 June, Loeb carried out a shakedown test of his 875bhp car at the nearby Colorado Springs Speedway.
He also made a recce of the 4300-metre climb accompanied by his WRC co-driver Daniel Elena. Although Loeb will be alone when he makes the ascent for real on 30 June, the pair made notes for each of the hill’s 156 corners to help him memorise the route.
“The result of the weekend is globally positive,” said Peugeot Sport’s Director Bruno Famin.
“Our ‘beast’ seems to suit Sebastien, to the extent that we have hardly made any changes to its set-up. The car’s potential is borne out by the fact that we posted the fastest time on each run. That said, last year’s winner Rhys Millen, who is something of a benchmark here, it still familiarising himself with his own car and there was very little real opposition.
"The chief lesson, therefore, is that the 208 T16 Pikes Peak is a well-sorted car and that our busy programme in the past four months seems to have taken us in the right direction. We will now need to continue in the same vein.”
The next free practice session will take place on Friday 14 June, with two more official practice sessions on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June.