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Loeb hails `perfect` result.

Sebastien Loeb was delighted with his victory on the Rally RACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada last weekend, a result that means he could now clinch his fifth drivers' crown this coming Sunday in Corsica.

Loeb was in a class of his own throughout the three-days in Spain and he won eleven of the 18 stages en-route to his ninth win of the season and the 45th of his career.

It was another master class from the Frenchman, although he insisted that his Citroen team-mate Dani Sordo had made him work for it, especially during the first half of the event.

"It won't surprise anyone to learn that I am delighted with this win," he reflected. "It's really the perfect result for me and the team. We have a 12 point lead on Mikko [Hirvonen] for the drivers' championship. That's really a better situation with three rounds to go. Everything is perfect and in the Manufacturers' Championship we have a good lead too. What can I say?

"This rally was perfect from the start. It was not as easy as some people think though. I had to push on the limit to be one second or point one of a second ahead of Dani [Sordo]. It was a really big fight. Then I wanted to increase my lead to be safer towards the end of the rally. Finally, we could do it and it was no problem. Everything went perfectly."

Asked about the event in more detail, the four-time world champion added that his main worry was picking up a puncture: "Today was more a question of driving to split times with no risk. The Riudecanyes and Santa Marina stages we contested were quite similar to those of the first two days, but the Serra d'Almos test was different from the others," he continued.

"It was narrow, the asphalt was in a fairly poor state and it was quite bumpy. We took special care not to pick up a puncture, just as we did all weekend, and that was one of the main concerns on this rally.

"In order to make the most of our Pirelli Pzero WRC Hard tyres, I had to adapt the way I drove to manage their rate of wear. But we didn't make any mistakes and our C4 WRC performed impeccably from start to finish."

Loeb could now secure this year's drivers' crown on the Rallye de France-Tour de Corse, assuming he wins again and Mikko Hirvonen fails to finish higher than seventh and score more than two points.

"It's good to be in this situation [with a good lead in the drivers' series]," Seb summed-up. "But I will go to Corsica as I go to every rally, to try and fight for the victory. The Fords were good on the second and third day here. Maybe they were looking for the setting or rhythm. I think it will be closer next weekend."


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