“More excitement than pressure”

“More excitement than pressure”

For the first time in his career, Sébastien Ogier will start the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2. The eight-time world rally champion said he felt excited before hitting the track this Sunday for the test day.

Despite all his experience, Sébastien Ogier will be a rookie during the coming week. Alongside Lilou Wadoux and Charles Milesi, the eight-time world rally champion will participate for the first time in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Richard Mille Racing, a team entered in the LMP2 category. Admitting in an interview with motorsport.com aside from the technical checks that there is “ more excitement than pressure », the Gapençais assures that “ the adrenaline will start to build » when he takes the wheel of his prototype this Sunday for the test day, the first stage leading to the start of the Le Mans classic next weekend.

Relying heavily on the ability to adapt specific to a rally driver, Sébastien Ogier assures that he will approach his first participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with confidence. “ Mentally I’m quite relaxed, I actually want to do well but I don’t put too much pressure on myselfadds the one who aims to join Toyota in the Hypercar category in the future. It’s a challenge that I’m throwing at myself and, somewhere, I am aware that the challenge is difficult, and that there is a greater chance that it will not succeed. »

“Almost back to my healthy weight from when I was 25”

Despite all this, Sébastien Ogier takes this meeting with the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe very seriously and has prepared accordingly. “ Physically, I prepared myself enough to try to drop down a little bit, because given my size, I tend to have extra pounds compared to a lot of riders, confides the man who finished second in the Monte-Carlo Rally at the start of the year. But we see that it has a huge impact on performance here so I tried to do as much as possible. I’m almost back to my ideal weight when I was 25. It’s not much but I managed to scrape off two or three kilos. »

This Sunday, the track will be open for two four-hour sessions. The opportunity for Sébastien Ogier to learn the specificities of the 13.626km route. “ It’s good to have it because in a traditional format like at Spa, where there are only free practices to be shared by three, we don’t do many laps, admits the Gapençais. There it’s a bit like at Sebring with the Prologue, there is a day before to be able to ride, which will be useful I hope. There is no particular program other than getting our bearings and seeing what weather conditions we will have. » A first contact which will allow us to best prepare for this significant event.

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