Sebastien Loeb : another podium... After a trouble-free final leg, Sebastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Citroen Xsara WRC took an excellent second place on the awe- inspiring Rally Finland, just as they did last year. The reigning two- time ...
Sebastien Loeb : another podium...
After a trouble-free final leg, Sebastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Citroen Xsara WRC took an excellent second place on the awe- inspiring Rally Finland, just as they did last year. The reigning two- time World Champions have therefore continued a remarkable unbroken series. For the 10th time in 10 rallies this year, the Kronos Total Citroen team leaders have been on either the top or the middle step of the podium.
"I won't pretend that I didn't want to win this rally, but that plan didn't quite work out, " said Seb, who was greeted enthusiastically by the Kronos team at final service. "While there's no shame in giving best to Marcus Gronholm on his home territory, I still feel a bit disappointed. What I will remember about this event is the fact that my Xsara has taken yet another step forward, thanks to all the hard work from Citroen Sport's development team. The car's stability has got even better, and its handling is more precise now. It really gave me a lot of confidence. I don't think we have ever been so close to Marcus here : thanks to a big attack and a trouble-free run we were able to beat him for the first time on the Ouninpohja stage. So now we know it's possible and we know as well just how much effort we need to put in to get there... "
" As for the championships, we leave Germany and Finland having increased our lead in the drivers' series by two points, " continued the Citroen driver. "That's really good news, as we have got two more rallies out of the way now. I'd like to thank Dani [Sordo], who finished between me and Marcus in Germany... "
Marc Van Dalen, principal of Kronos Racing, was equally pleased with his team's progress in the manufacturers' championship. " Our magnificent run of results continues, " he said. " Thanks to the competitiveness and reliability of the Sebastien-Daniel-Kronos-Xsara package we maintain the same gap to our closest rivals as we did after the Acropolis Rally. The other very positive point is the speed with which Dani Sordo has adapted to these stages, which are undoubtedly amongst the most difficult of the entire championship, on his first drive here in a World Rally Car. Unfortunately, Dani wasn't able to get to the finish and neither was Xevi Pons, who was also forced into retirement. Both drivers were victims of their inexperience, falling prey to the sort of traps that often catch out even the local drivers. I know that Dani and Xevi have learnt a few lessons from their adventures, which will certainly help them a lot for the future. I still have total confidence in both of them, and I am very pleased that our entire team has showed their support so unanimously... "