Q&A: Sebastien Loeb - exclusive.

by Rob Wilkins.

Citroen ace, Sebastien Loeb is the current 'man of the moment' in the FIA World Rally Championship - and the Frenchman could even sow up the title this weekend in Wales if things fall his way.

Here speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio on the eve of the Wales Rally GB, we caught up with him to get his thoughts on his season to date and his plans for 2006...

Sebastien, with six wins on the trot this year - eight in total out of a possible eleven, you really have had a good year to date haven't you?

Sebastien Loeb:
Yes sure - for me it has been a perfect year. Since the start of the season everything has been going very well. We have won eight rallies - six in a row. So it is a good, I have had an incredible season. We have a good lead also in the championship and so I hope we can finish the season in the same way.

Now as you mentioned there, you have quite a commanding lead in the drivers' championship - 32 points up on Marcus Gronholm with five rounds to go. You must be feeling confident on that front too?

The position is very good. We have a very good lead. So that is perfect but it is never finished before the end. I think it is very important to stay concentrated and focused on the race and not to think too much about that, because if you think too much about the championship, perhaps you can make more mistakes. I think it is important to treat each rally like it is - and I will make the count after the race.

Rally GB this weekend, you have yet to win in Wales, but were second last year and in 2003. You must be one of the favourites - if not the favourite - this weekend, given your form this season?

I don't know if I am the favourite, because Petter [Solberg] has won a few times here and Marcus [Gronholm] is very fast here also. I hope it will be an interesting battle. For sure I would like to win here, because finishing second two times was good, but I would like to win it one time.

But on another side though, I think the most important thing for me is the championship. I will try to push at the start to see if I am able to fight. However if I have to take too many risks it might be better to say ok, I save position and don't take anymore chances.


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