WRC » Citroen apologise to Loeb

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MT Motorsport - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 6:52 PM

There is no way this was done to "cheat". This is probably a simple error. What it does mean is that we will now see Seb doing what he does best, charge hard from the off in Spain. With Dani and Seb O both driving really well don't be surprised to see a Citroen 1,2,3 in Spain. This will result in a proper fight in GB. C,mon Citroen, heads up and go for it.

Beszti - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 7:41 PM

Yes, error, not cheating. But the late Burns was excluded in 2002 Argentina Rally because the flywheel was 20gramm underweight. And there's a lot more situation were the involved pair was excluded. Loeb must say thank you to the judges - he should be excluded.

Rallyfan - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 7:54 PM

"the difference had no effect on either the performance or reliability of the car "
are you serious, no chating done here?

well in a professional wrc team they know exactly what they build in their cars, they know which parts are homolagated.

I believe this was a try from citroen to give Loeb (without Loeb knowing) some help since he was struggling with his suspension settings for some time.

On this level of motorsport every little part in the car has a function and telling that an altered anti-rollbar doesn't change the behaviour of the car is, well, a bit a lie

Just a fan - Unregistered

September 07, 2009 1:16 AM

Just an error???... What? They couldn't read their own homologation papers? Someone couldn't tell that the part they took off the car was different to the ones they put on it?

Like so many good drivers, Loeb has made the Citroen look better than it really is... but its been obvious recently he has been over-driving to maintain results against the Fords... Citroen was looking for the least obvious way of giving the car more adjustability in line with comments Loeb has made about the car

But don't worry... Citroen is part of the VW group and I am sure the rules will be changed next week to suit them... just like Le Mans, WTCC etc etc

Staggaboy - Unregistered

September 08, 2009 6:46 PM

No difference in performance you say tell that to Ford in 2007 who received 5 minute penalties for a miniscule weight difference on the rear side windows of the cars due to a manufacturing flaw. Some say less weight but the car had to pass minimum weight at scruteneering. Hence no performance advantage gained. Citroen shoud have been given the same penalty atleast.

G~«+?- - Unregistered

September 10, 2009 3:07 AM

I agree, 1 min is not enough compared to the 5 min of Ford in 07 for only 0.5 mm for a window. A suspension part is far more complicated to prove/disprove gain... if any. Ask Henning if even getting rid of the windscreen helps.
In 04 Peugeot was disqualified for a waterpump wheel that was not as it was on the homologation papers.

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