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Rally Australia: Citroen statment after penalties

Citroen takes a penalty in Australia Following post-event scrutineering, the sporting stewards of the 2009 Rally Australia received a report from the FIA Technical Delegate stating that the front anti-roll bar link on the No.1 Citroen C4 WRC did...

Citroen takes a penalty in Australia

Following post-event scrutineering, the sporting stewards of the 2009 Rally Australia received a report from the FIA Technical Delegate stating that the front anti-roll bar link on the No.1 Citroen C4 WRC did not match the car's homologation form.

After hearing representatives of Citroen Racing, who conformed that all the C4 WRCs entered for this event were fitted with the same part, the sporting stewards decided to inflict a one-minute penalty on Loeb/Elena, Sordo/Marti and Ogier/Ingrassia.

Citroen Racing Director Olivier Quesnel: "We accept the decision given that the photo on the homologation form does not match the part fitted to the car. The difference had no effect on either the performance or reliability of the car; it was simply due to an administrative error and does not stem from any desire to cheat. On behalf of the team, I would personally like to apologise to Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena who scored a superb victory on the stages this weekend."

Sebastien Loeb: "I am obviously disappointed, but you've got to accept it when the regulations are applied. Instead of being just one point behind Mikko Hirvonen, I now have a five-point deficit to make up. That clearly complicates matters regarding our bid to win a sixth title, but this won't have any effect on our determination to win in Spain..."

-credit: citroen

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Series WRC
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Daniel Elena , Mikko Hirvonen , Olivier Quesnel
Teams Citroën World Rally Team