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Loeb: This is what we came to do
8 October 2012
Sebastien Loeb has said it was 'even more special' for him to clinch the title this year on his home event, given his decision to step back next season and stand down from a full-time WRC drive.
Loeb put in another masterful performance in front of his home fans over the four-days and while rain made conditions rather treacherous on the final day, he held his nerve brilliantly and came through to triumph by 15.5 seconds in his Citroen DS3 WRC car.
It was his eighth victory of the season and the 75th of his career, a result that means he will become World Rally Champion for the ninth year in succession.
“This is what we came to do, experience the feelings we enjoyed in 2010 again by winning the world title 'at home'. This year the feeling is even more special though, because it is undoubtedly the last one,” Loeb commented.
“I drove carefully this morning, but it wasn't very easy due to the weather conditions. Even when it stopped raining, the roads were still extremely muddy.
“There were two rallies left where I could have won the title, but I'm really very happy to do it here for the fans in Alsace.”
Frederic Banzet, Citroen's General Manager, meanwhile was delighted to see 'his man' come through and win.
He was also happy to see Mikko Hirvonen take third in the sister works DS3 WRC car as that was what was required for the team to wrap up the Manufacturers' title for the eighth time.
“Citroen competes in motorsport events in to win, and once again Citroen Racing has shown that it is the best team in the world.
“The engineers, technicians and crews have all done a fantastic job this season. These successes support the Brand's determined and energetic commercial strategy,” he added.