Citroen clinched the 2008 manufacturers' title in style on the Wales Rally GB this weekend, when Sebastien Loeb took the victory and Dani Sordo brought the sister C4 WRC home in third.

Citroen began the final round in the 2008 World Rally Championship with an eleven-point advantage over the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team and the squad's 1-3 result was more than sufficient to hand the French firm the championship double.

Team boss Olivier Quesnel made no attempt to conceal his joy during the podium celebrations in Cardiff: "After the happy experience of seeing Seb and Daniel [Elena] win the Drivers title in Japan, it was fantastic to share the same thrill today now that Citro?n has made sure of the Manufacturers' crown," he noted.

"Securing a second title in this weekend's difficult conditions gives the occasion a very special flavour, too. This rally really sums up the season that has just come to an end: it was fiercely fought and very close. Our crews were both quick and reliable, however, and today's double podium has given us another chance to fly the brand's flag high and proud.

"At the beginning of the year, our objective was the championship double; we have now succeeded, and that is so satisfying. We have no intention of resting on our laurels, though.

"The 2009 season is fast approaching and, after savouring the present moment, everyone at Citro?n Sport will soon be back at work preparing the defence of these two titles."

Citroen's executive vice-president Gilles Michel meanwhile was also very happy: "Winning both World Championship titles means we have met the objective we set ourselves at the beginning of the year. It also shows what the Citro?n brand is capable of achieving," he added.

"I would like to congratulate our two crews on the mature way they approached this year's challenge and on their competitiveness. I would also like to extend my praise to everyone at Citro?n Sport for their motivation and professionalism. Once again, they have done a truly remarkable job.

"Last but not least, the C4 WRC showed its potential and effectiveness each time out this year and that, I believe, speaks volumes for the brand's high level of creativity and automotive technology."

For the record, the Citroen Total WRT ends the 2008 season having scored 191 points in total, 18 points more than Ford. It is the fourth time they have won the WRC manufacturers' crown, having also previously managed the feat in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

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