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Loeb, Citroen not getting carried away
7 September 2012
Sebastien Loeb has said he will approach Wales Rally GB next week the same as any other event, although he has conceded it would be 'good' to win and secure the Manufacturers' title for Citroen.
Loeb has dominated the last five WRC rounds and if he triumphs in Cardiff on September 16 he will equal his own record of six consecutive victories. It will also set him up nicely to sow up his ninth WRC drivers' crown on the following event in his home country.
The Frenchman goes to GB with a 54-point lead his over team-mate, Mikko Hirvonen in the drivers' standings, while Citroen has a 123-point cushion over Ford, meaning Loeb and Hirvonen most score six points more than their rivals to mathematically secure the Manufacturers' championship.
“Wales Rally GB is a rally that I like and we've got some good memories from the last few years”, said Loeb, who claimed the title in Cardiff last year despite having to retire from the rally following an incident unintentionally caused by spectators on a road section.
“This year, it would be good to win and secure an eighth world title for the team. That would also make us ideally placed to win a ninth championship at the Rallye de France.
“However, I'm not obsessed by that, by any means. I'll be approaching this rally just like any other.”
Citroen boss Yves Matton meanwhile added that the team is taking nothing for granted.
“Having a chance of winning the Manufacturers' title with four rallies to go demonstrates the quality of the work done by the team since the start of the season. Having said that, we won't allow ourselves to get too carried away," he added.
"We are all too aware how strong our rivals are on this kind of surface to do that. We are expecting it to be a difficult race, during which tyre management may well play a key role, depending on what the weather is like during the three-day event.”
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