In the very same event that gave them their maiden victory at world level, Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena took their record to a total of 18 WRC wins by securing their fourth consecutive win in the ancient German city of Trier. Today's result ...
In the very same event that gave them their maiden victory at world level, Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena took their record to a total of 18 WRC wins by securing their fourth consecutive win in the ancient German city of Trier. Today's result extends Seb and Daniel's advantage at the top of the Drivers' championship to 32 points over Marcus Gronholm, their closest rival. "Everyone knows that I consider the Deutschland Rally to be my home event," said Seb to the backdrop of the incredible hubbub of final service. "This is the rally my childhood friends come to watch and I really wanted to win it again; it's great to have succeeded. Like Francois, we pushed hard on Day 1, and then it was a case of controlling from in front. That's less fun, but that was amply outweighed by the pleasure we derived from scoring such a superb result for the team. It's looking promising for the rest of the season."
Running in the wake of the reigning World Champions - and at the same pace - from Day 1, Francois Duval and Sven Smeets went on to make it a resounding one-two finish for Citroen which is likely to come in useful in the battle for the Manufacturers' title and which puts Citroen back in front in the provisional standings. "It's been a tremendous weekend for us and for Citroen," beamed Francois after saluting his fans who were just as numerous and enthusiastic as those of his team-mate. "Sven and I had the potential to win but the way the event unfolded meant that we had to make sure of finishing first and second. It was a little stressful because we couldn't afford to make any mistakes. To have shown that I am capable of matching Seb's speed is very important for me, for my confidence and for my future."
Guy Frequelin was naturally delighted but didn't conceal that he was a little anxious until the flag came down: "When you pull out such a lead so early on, everybody thinks it's easy and you're obliged in a way to score a top result. You have to go all the way, otherwise you give the impression you've missed out on something. The incidents that affected us at the beginning of Leg 2 provided a reminder that anything can happen in rallying. But in the end, we finished without making any mistakes and secured the best possible result. I have to congratulate the whole team: Seb and Daniel of course, but also Francois and Sven who put in an excellent performance and accepted to settle for this result. The fact that Francois has got his confidence back is very important. We will need it."
Guy Frequelin also made a point of underlining the other top results obtained by Citroen runners: "Thanks to Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Kris Meeke/Glenn Patterson, the C2 Super 1600 collected first and second places in the JWRC, while Xevi Pons was the best-placed privateer and got his Team Kronos Racing Xsara inside the top-ten. As the only manufacturer present in both the WRC and JWRC, Citroen can but be delighted with this full-house performance."