SÃ©bastien Loeb : " 25 for Daniel ! " SÃ©bastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Citroen Xsara WRC took their fifth win of the season in Porto Cervo today. This latest victory also their fifth in a row marked the 25th success in 77...
Sébastien Loeb : " 25 for Daniel ! "
Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Citroen Xsara WRC took their fifth win of the season in Porto Cervo today. This latest victory also their fifth in a row marked the 25th success in 77 World Championship events for Kronos Racing's famous franco-monegasque pairing. "Victory always tastes sweet, " said Seb, at the final service halt on the harbourside in Olbia. "But this one is special. For Daniel, it's a historic moment. Knowing just how much I want to beat Carlos Sainz's record myself, I can easily imagine exactly how Daniel is feeling now, after becoming the first co-driver to chalk up 25 wins... "
The normally exuberant Daniel Elena was for once serious after he had posed for photographs wearing a football shirt in the colours of Monaco, emblazoned with the magic number of 25. "This feeling is indescribable, " he explained with a smile. "It's an intense happiness that is hard to put into words. I'd like to dedicate this record to my family, my daughter Dorine, and my friend `Beef' Park... "
Sébastien Loeb continued : "This win makes things very interesting from a championship point of view. I said before the rally that we had to stay on our guard. The start of this event showed that our key rivals, particularly Marcus [Grönholm], are well and truly up there even if luck is not on their side at the moment. Taking our championship lead up to 31 points is therefore a good job. Thanks to Xevi Pons the Kronos Total Citroen team has also made a useful step forward in the manufacturers championship. "
Xevi Pons provided the team with another solid boost by claiming the manufacturer points for third place. " Sardinia is a very difficult rally, " said the Spaniard. " I feel less at ease here than I did in Argentina, maybe because of the narrow stages. This means that I still need to improve in this type of conditions. Securing the manufacturer points for third place was my priority since yesterday afternoon, so I was very careful throughout the second half of the rally. These points are the best way for me to repay the team for their limitless support from the start of the season. "
After two consecutive podiums on the asphalt of Catalunya and Corsica, in Sardinia Dani Sordo claimed his first podium on gravel. "For me, this is almost worth more, " he said. " Gravel is a surface that I am still learning, and I feel I am improving on it all the time. Last year, I took my first World Championship victory here with the Super 1600 Citroen C2. So I think it's a rally that likes me ! The Xsara and its tyres were perfect, while the team was faultless. I tried hard not to make any mistakes myself, and I am very happy to have succeeded... "
Kronos Racing team principal Marc Van Dalen concluded : " On a hot and rough rally where the walls take no prisoners, you need a competitive and reliable car. Thanks to the excellent work from Citroen Sport, Kronos Racing had exactly the right equipment. The crews and the rest of the team did not make a single mistake, maximising our potential and bringing us the sort of result that makes me very happy. Congratulations to everybody ! "