Sébastien Loeb says he has to improve his racecraft and refining set-ups for his 2015 World Touring Car Championship campaign. The nine-time World Rally champion won the season opener in Marrakech and briefly led the WTCC standings, but won only one more race all season and slipped to a distant third behind Citroën teammates José María López and Yvan Muller.

“If you check the results of this season, it is in race two that I lost a lot of points because I didn’t overtake as many cars as Yvan (Muller) and especially Pechito (Lopez), who overtakes a lot,” Loeb told Autosport.

“My inexperience in racing is definitely quite important. Yvan has been racing since he was 10. I know the points where I have to work, but that is one of the most complicated things for me. To overtake at the right time and protect my place at the right time driving in traffic is an area I need to improve.”

The Frenchman realized it is harder to make up for a handling deficit in circuit racing than in rallying, so he wants to improve his car set-up skills.

“It is much more important in the WTCC to adapt the set-up of the car to all of the tracks. In rallying you need a good set-up, but if you have approximately a good set-up you can manage to do the times,” he added.

“I had a lot of rallies where I started the first stage with a set-up and then didn’t touch anything until the end, just because I was feeling good, and I didn’t care much about set-up.”

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Blaž Štremfelj

Journalist at MotorsportM8