WRC »

Loeb confirms: I`ll be back!

Citroen team leader Sebastien Loeb clinched his fifth consecutive world title on the Pioneer Rally Japan on Sunday - and then promptly declared that he will try and go for his sixth next season.

Loeb, who is now statistically the best driver ever in the 30-odd year history of the World Rally Championship, has reigned supreme since 2004, initially with the Citroen Xsara and more recently with the Citroen C4. Since taking his first WRC win in Germany in 2002, the Frenchman has been right at the forefront of the sport, notching up 46 wins to date from 112 starts and scoring well over 650 points.

Speaking following his latest success - something that means he has now gone one better than Tommi Makinen and Juha Kankkunen, who both took the WRC drivers' crown on four occasions - he was understandably very happy.

He was also very relieved too, as the penultimate round in this year's championship wasn't an easy one and the conditions on day one and especially day three, when there was torrential rain, were extremely challenging.

Indeed he had a scare in the penultimate test, when he spun 200 metres from the finish. But in the end, he did enough taking third and the vital six points required to sow things up.

"It's a fantastic feeling. Along with Daniel [Elena - my co-driver] and everyone in the team, the objective we set ourselves for this year was to win another world crown, and it's tremendously satisfying to have met that target today," Loeb reflected.

"For me there are two important records in this sport: the number of victories and the number of titles. Now we have both.

"I really wanted to wrap up the title here in Japan to enable us to go into Wales Rally GB with a totally free mind. That made the weekend very long and very frustrating, and I have to say that it wasn't much fun.

"It was a really tough rally. The rally was really difficult. I couldn't get in the rhythm. The only thing I had in my mind was no mistake. It wasn't easy to keep the car on the road in these conditions. It was a big pressure.

"Our C4 and our Pirelli tyres functioned very well together on this event, though, and we did what we could to keep any thoughts about the championship out of our minds, but it wasn't easy.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Sebastian Loeb (F) Citroen C4 WRC
Oliver Quesnel, Director, Citroen Sport Sebastien Loeb
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Monza, [Credit: Hyundai Motorsport]
Podium 1st Australian - Molly Taylor (AUS) Bill Hayes (AUS) Subaru Impreza WRX Sti
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


beszti - Unregistered

November 03, 2008 6:42 PM

Loeb beaten McRae and Sainz when they were team mates at Citroen, beaten Tommi Makinen (2003), Solberg, Grönholm, Martin. In 2004 the Focus WRC was far better than the Xsara WRC - Martin won two tarmac events (Corsica and Catalunya), after which Loeb has been dominating tarmac events, and won all but the Monte in 2006. 2004 - Loeb could win because he couldn't make mistakes, next year the Xsara was brilliant, 2006 - Marcus or the new Focus developed problemes on almost every single rally, 2007 - the toughest battles with Marcus, just think about Sweden, Norway, Portugal, New Zealand, Greece, and won by 4 points, that was a frenetic championship. Loeb is like Micheal Schumacher was in F1.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.