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...

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Q:
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.

Q:
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?

SL:
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.

Q:
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?

SL:
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.

Q:
Looking ahead to the WRC rounds after this weekend - namely Japan, Corsica, Spain and Australia, which one or ones would you most like to win?

SL:
I would like also to win in Corsica - it is the French Rally of course - my home event and a tarmac rally. We know our car and our tyres should perform there. So I hope I can win in Corsica - and perhaps Catalunya too - why not? I always want to start fighting for the win like we have done all this season.

Q:
Citroen's future in the WRC is still uncertain, you've spoken recently about your frustration that you only have a few options for 2006 and that Ford is currently the best of them. Any idea when an announcement will be made with regard to your future?

SL:
At the moment it is not decided. For sure at Citroen we stop at the end of this year, but they may come back in 2007. For me it is really good with this team since I started in the WRC. If they do it [comeback] - it would be good. At the moment however, they haven't offered me a contract for the future. So also I have to speak with Ford, which seems to be an interesting proposition. At the moment I have to wait a bit before I decide. We will see. I don't know yet.

Q:
You also mentioned recently that Subaru don't seem to be really interested in signing you for you next year. Why is that do you think?

SL:
I think it is normal. They have a good driver, which is Petter [Solberg]. Perhaps they prefer to put the rest of their money into development and improving the car - and then fighting with the other manufacturers'. Perhaps it is too expensive to have two good drivers. I don't know to be honest.

Q:
Assuming for a moment that you do stick with Citroen next year in a semi-privateer capacity, do you think the Xsara will remain competitive against the likes of full works efforts by Ford, Subaru and Mitsubishi?

SL:
At moment it is difficult to say. I hope if I do a season with the Xsara next year, I hope it will be competitive. We will see, it is difficult to say about next year, but this year the car has been good, so I think it would be ok.

Q:
There is a lot of talk that the WRC is too expensive. What can be done do you think to address this?

SL
I don't know how much it costs - you have to ask my team boss!

Q:
Thanks Sebastien and good luck this weekend.