Sebastien Loeb says he is already looking ahead to a 51st World Rally Championship victory after becoming the first driver in the series' 36-year history to score a half-century of wins on the 2009 Rally Cyprus
Reaffirming his status as the most successful rally driver of all-time, Loeb dominated the Cypriot event from start-to-finish, building an insurmountable lead on the tarmac-based first day before holding steady on the second and third loose gravel legs.
Continuing the perfect start to his quest for a sixth consecutive title, his win adds to his success in Ireland and Norway, while it also extends his run of uninterrupted podiums to 13.
However, despite the achievement, achieved in 116 career WRC events over just six seasons, Loeb is not concerned about statistics.
“I wasn't getting Mikko Hirvonen's split times, so I had to push quite hard to make sure he didn't get too close. There was a lot of mud about, but we survived unscathed.
''To have reached our half-century is nice, but it's just another statistic. To tell the truth, my thoughts are already turned to our 51st win! This rally went well for us from start to finish. Our C4 WRC handled perfectly, both on the loose and on asphalt.''
Citroen Racing director Olivier Quesnel also paid tribute to Loeb, who has raced with the French firm throughout his career, for helping towards another fine result for the manufacturer.
''It's been a perfect event for us overall,'' he said. ''Sébastien's performance was stunning from every angle. As usual, he put in a perfectly paced run and started every stage with victory as his ultimate goal.
''At the same time he looked after his car which was put to a tough test on this terrain. We have a 16-point lead at the top of the standings tonight after the first three rallies. How could I not be delighted with that?''