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Sébastien Loeb happy with second after struggles at Spa

Nine-time World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb is happy with his second position on the grid for tomorrow’s race at the Spa-Francorchamps, after struggles throughout the weekend at the complicated Belgian circuit, most notably the fast uphill corner through Eau Rouge and Raidillon.

The Citroën Total WTCC driver outqualified championship leader José María López in the one-lap pole position shootout, and will start second on the grid behind team-mate and reigning champion Yvan Muller, just over a tenth of a second slower in his C-Elysée.

“I’m happy to be in this position, for sure I’d prefer to be first, but second is not bad after the start of the weekend that I’ve had,” said Loeb. “I’ve struggled a lot in Raidillon, I have good speed everywhere on the track, but Raidillon is really hard for me. I struggle with the power steering, I lose a lot of time and have been working on it to find solutions, so we’ll see if we can find some other things for the race.

“I enjoy every part of the track, just not Raidillon. It’s really an incredible track, with some very fast corners, it’s incredible to drive here, so I enjoy it for sure.”