SÃ©bastien Loeb still very much on target ! SÃ©bastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and the Xsara WRC finished an excellent second in Wales Rally GB and maintained their lead in the Championship, now 28 points ahead of their closest rival. Carlos Sainz...
Sébastien Loeb still very much on target !
Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and the Xsara WRC finished an excellent second in Wales Rally GB and maintained their lead in the Championship, now 28 points ahead of their closest rival. Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti claimed fourth, and this great team performance allows Citroën to increase the gap in the Manufacturers classification to 38 points.
Sébastien and Daniel dominated Wales Rally GB, taking the lead from stage 2 to stage 18, a few kilometres before the end of "Margam 2", the penultimate stage of the event.
At this precise moment the split times showed that Seb' had a lead of 3,3 seconds on that stage, which then turned into a deficit of 9,2 seconds at the end of the 27,55 km test.
Sébastien conceded 12 seconds in 12 kilometres whereas he only lost one second out of 120 km yesterday. He tries to understand. "Between kilometre 15 and 20, I made a tiny mistake when I braked a bit late in a right corner in second gear. I had to use the first gear and I went wide by two or three meters. I estimate the loss to be 2 seconds there. Next, I continued to push as hard as I had during the rest of the weekend without feeling anything wrong with the car. I would lie if I said I'm not disappointed with this finale. But I'm happy about two things : I was extremely close to winning the event thanks to my Xsara, and with two second places in a row, I still have all my chances for the title."
Team boss Guy Fréquelin also remained optimistic about this outstanding result : "We are disappointed it's true, but especially because we need to understand what happened. However it's a very valuable result for both Championships. This makes up for the disappointment !"
Carlos Sainz claimed a good fourth place and remains as motivated and committed as ever. He first selected a different set-up on Thursday for the super stage, but this proved less efficient than the one chosen by Seb'. "After that, with new settings, I felt more at ease and confident which is very important in these conditions, which have been more typical of the familiar RAC. Sébastien has set an outstanding pace here. I simply want to tell him that he should keep concentrated on the coming events. For my part I'm really happy to bring my contribution to the team result."