The Frenchman and Austrian GT specialists join the Alsacian team with firm intentions to battle for top positions.
Sébastien Loeb Racing has finalised the drivers for its two McLaren MP4-12c entered in the FIA GT Series. The two entries will be driven by Sébastien Loeb and Alvaro Parente in one car, while Mike Parisy and Andreas Zuber will share the other.
Top speed and GT experience
After confirming Sébastien Loeb and Alvaro Parente, Sébastien Loeb Racing has composed a driving squad that marries performance and experience in recruiting Mike Parisy and Andreas Zuber.
A top team, a top car and a top teammate: everything is set!
With this foursome, the Soultz-Sous-Forêts based team is giving itself the best chances to compete at the front of the field in the FIA GT Series.
"After a season in French GT championship, the team will be discovering GT racing on the international level. To take on this challenge, we formed solid driving squads," explains Dominique Heintz, team manager.
"The drivers come from different backgrounds: Sébastien comes from rallying, Alvaro and Andreas have more of a history in single-seaters, while Mike is more a GT man. This diversity will be beneficial for everyone.
"Our second duo has all the qualities to shine: Mike and Andreas have already proven their level of performance and their consistency. We are uniting top speed and GT experience."
At 28 years of age, Mike Parisy is a true GT specialist. After becoming champion in Formula France (2004) and putting in notable drives in Porsche Carrera Cup (Runner-up in 2008), he became French GT3 champion in 2009.
Twice on the final podium in European GT3 championship (2010 and 2011), he won his first FIA World GT championship race last year. "It’s a great pleasure to join Sébastien Loeb Racing," confided the French driver.
"On the technical side, the team has given itself all the opportunity to realise its ambitions: to go as high as possible, as quickly as possible. This corresponds exactly to my philosophy. In addition, we are similar in our sporting approach. The goal is clear in my eyes: the first step of the podium with the team.
"I already know Andreas: he’s a quick and reliable driver. We will gel as a pair and I have no doubts that we will quickly be up to speed. I had the chance to drive the McLaren at the 24 Hours of Spa and it was a good feeling. A top team, a top car and a top teammate: everything is set!"
After climbing the single-seater ladder, including two GP2 victories, feeder series to F1, the 29 year old Austrian driver found success in GT in 2010. He has since completed two full seasons in World GT.
"To defend the Sébastien Loeb Racing colours is an honour" explains Andreas. "It is an excellent team, with a very good car. The McLaren MP4-12C, which I drove at the 24 Hours of Dubai, is certainly the best GT3 car I’ve driven.
"As for Mike, I know him already: he’s very quick and we get along well. We have a solid package which will allow us to fight for the championship.
"We will aim to gain as many points for the team as possible. As a rally fan, I’m excited to join the team formed by none other than multiple World Rally Championship winner Sébastien."
After a testing session in Navarra in December, Sébastien Loeb Racing resumed its preparation program this week with two days of tests et Lédenon. In addition to the FIA Series, the la McLaren MP4-12C will also see action in the French FFSA GT championship.
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