Monday | 28 Sep 2020

Loubet focused on rough road strategy for Italy

Pierre-Louis Loubet is working to understand how best to approach next week’s Rally Italia Sardegna (8 - 11 October) after what he admitted was a baptism of rough rally fire in Turkey.

Loubet retired from his second gravel event in a Hyundai i20 World Rally Car with engine problems on Rally Turkey’s final morning last week. Before that departure he admitted he’d found the Marmaris-based event to be the biggest challenge of his career so far.

“It was more difficult because we didn’t manage the car and it was very difficult for me to be confident. Always I was not sure what I was doing and this is very difficult when you have to drive fast with this car,” he explained.

“I was sliding a lot, all the time in the fast sections, and it was really tough to stay on the road sometimes.”

Loubet said he would spend the time between Turkey and Sardinia analysing data and onboards to further his understanding of how to get the best out of the Hyundai on rough gravel.

Video: 67 minutes that changed Rally Turkey

He added: “It’s part of the job. Sometimes it’s more difficult and you don’t know why, but I don’t like to say that this is true. I have to work on my side to find out why I am slow compared to the others.”

The Corsican said he did learn lessons from Turkey, adding: “I learned how to drive when you don’t feel so comfortable on the road or confident in the car to stay on the road.

“It’s tough, when you see on the times you are slow, you need to keep your head down and just continue. That’s what we did.”