Loeb wins and equals Sainz ! The two Kronos Total Citroen WRT Xsaras got through the four stages of the final day without the slightest problem. Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena won the Rallye Deutschland for the fifth consecutive time, becoming the...
Loeb wins and equals Sainz !
The two Kronos Total Citroen WRT Xsaras got through the four stages of the final day without the slightest problem. Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena won the Rallye Deutschland for the fifth consecutive time, becoming the first crew ever to achieve such a feat on the full World Championship. Their excellent win, after a rally which they dominated from the start, is the 26th in total for the Franco-Monegasque pairing. Seb now joins Carlos Sainz as the most successful driver in the history of the sport.
"I love the Rallye Deutschland and it has always been good to me, " said a delighted Seb at the finish. " But it's fair to say that the traditionally complex weather makes it quite a stressful experience. There was a bit of extra pressure on top as well : I had to make sure I made no mistakes on my home territory and score the maximum number of points for the championship. Now it's over and I can relax a bit ! I want to really savour the feeling of equalling Carlos Sainz's record number of wins. I've never hidden the fact that this is a record I really wanted, because of the immense respect I have for Carlos and his career. Yet it's still a benchmark I want to beat... "
"We had an entirely clean and trouble-free run, " added Seb. "We didn't make any mistakes and the team didn't put a foot wrong either, particularly when it came to tyre choice whether it was performance we were after, like Friday, or safety like today and yesterday. We're heading to Finland on a very positive note now. Marcus [Gronholm] wanted to beat me here in Germany : now it's my turn to try and make life difficult for him in his back yard... "
Directly behind the double World Champions, Dani Sordo/Marc Marti answered all expectations by ensuring the team a precious one-two. It was the first time that the Spanish crew were nominated to score manufacturer points. The reigning Junior World Champion was as free of mistakes as his team leader, while showing an impressive turn of speed. He was understandably delighted, saying : " Citroen Sport has done a fantastic job : the new car with mechanical differentials was really good to drive in the very tricky road conditions we encountered which I was facing for the first time at the wheel of a World Rally Car... "
"Marc Van Dalen and the entire Kronos team showed a lot of faith in me by nominating me to score points, " continued Dani. " I am really pleased to thank them by bringing back the maximum possible number of points. I'm also really pleased to see that my pace notes made last year when I was driving the C2 Super 1600 worked perfectly. I'd like to thank Marc [Marti] who has always pushed me to get my notes absolutely right. Finally, I'd like to thank Seb. He has been incredibly good to me, and his advice on tyres and set- up is a huge help. "
Kronos Racing team principal Marc Van Dalen commented :" Once more, everything worked perfectly. The Citroen Sport development team has enabled us to find a set-up which is as easy to drive as it is effective. Kronos, with the help of BFGoodrich and Meteo France, has been able to get the best out of the Xsara. Our second one-two of the season makes me really happy, and we also have the pride of seeing Seb equal the highest number of victories in the World Championship and the Xsara rack up its 30th World Championship success. Xevi Pons was sadly not too happy here. Our objective for him today was to rebuild his confidence. The times he set this morning show that this mission was accomplished. So everything here is a great source of motivation to us as we prepare for the massive challenge that is Rally Finland next weekend... "
-credit: kronos racing