The Frenchman ran as high as seventh overall on his first attempt at the Gap-based event, scoring a sensational second fastest time on one stage. Those highs were countered by an early departure on Friday when he hit a wall in the day’s final test.
Loubet is already looking forward to the rest of the season, having learned plenty aboard his 2C Competition-run Hyundai i20 WRC in the French Alps.
“I have come away from Monte Carlo with so much experience,” he said. “I took a lot from that event and I was learning more with every single kilometre.
“For me the approach this season is step-by-step. I’m not making a target of trying to get this result or finish in this position – we will go rally-by-rally and the main thing is to see a progression on every rally.
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“We saw in Turkey last year, everything went a little bit crazy on the final day and we could have been finishing in the top five or something like that. The main thing for me is the performance against the leading driver. I want to be able to see this improving and the gap getting smaller.”
Despite his lack of experience of the rally and the conditions, and the fact this was only his fourth ever world championship outing in a World Rally Car, Loubet posted three top-six times on the 13 stages he completed in France.