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Loeb: It`s still not over.

Sebastien Loeb has said that he still can't afford to start thinking it is all over - even though he continued to dominate the Rally RACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada on Saturday.

Loeb won another four stages during the second leg, which comprised six stages and 128 competitive kilometres, to take his tally to ten stages wins from a possible twelve and to increase his overnight lead from 15 seconds to almost 30.

Despite being delighted with his Citroen C4 WRC car and the Pirelli tyres though, he remains cautious heading into Sunday's finale.

"We didn't have any unpleasant surprises today. The roads were dirtier [on the repeat loop] but the information passed on to us by our gravel note crew enabled us to keep out of trouble.

"The hotter weather also meant it was more important to take the tyre wear factor into account. The gaps are bigger now, but we still can't afford to start thinking it's all over," he confirmed.

Asked about the morning loop, he added that the long 38.27 kilometre El Priorat test was his main concern: "I was aware that the way this stage went first thing this morning would have a big influence on how the rest of the first loop unfolded," he explained, "so it was important to approach it in the right way and look after our tyres.

"Had we not done so, the rest of the morning could have been much more complex. I did my best not to ask too much of my tyres so as not to jeopardize their performance on the next two tests, and that way I was able to push hard on SS8 and SS9.

"[Overall] I am very happy with the set-up of my Citroen C4 WRC car. It is nicely balanced and that is obviously a big boost for the confidence. This year we have a wider margin over our rivals. The tyres worked perfectly today. I am very happy with our day."

Dani Sordo meanwhile was also really pleased and he put in another exemplary performance in the sister car to defend his runners-up spot and keep Ford's Francois Duval back in third.

Like Loeb though, he isn't getting carried away just yet: "I essentially kept an eye on the times of my closest chaser in order to keep the gap at about the same sort of level going into the final day. We succeeded in doing just that and we are still second," said the local star.

"The set-up of my car is perfect and I am pleased with our run today. Just six more stages totalling 93.88km separate us from another possible Citroen one-two. That's by no means a foregone conclusion, but we are in a fairly favourable position tonight."


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