Sebastien Loeb says 'anything is possible' after cruising to his fourth consecutive World Rally Championship victory on the Rally Portugal.
Adding weight to his target of a twelve victory clean sweep this season, Loeb recovered from a mistake on SS2 to overturn a day one deficit of 18 seconds and put almost half a minute between himself and Mikko Hirvonen on day two.
Although he had to contend with rutted surfaces throughout the third leg, Hirvonen was never able to get close enough again to launch a challenge for victory, allowing Loeb to claim a comfortable win by 24 seconds.
“On the first stage, I was first on the road and had to push hard,” he said. “I was just a bit too late in the first big brake so I decide not to turn because it was narrow on to a bridge. If I turn we are off the road. So, I go straight, reverse and stop because there is a lot of dust and I can't see the road. I lost maybe 15 seconds and then I tried all of the day to catch this gap, but I couldn't make it.
“[However], apart from our mistake on Friday's first stage it's been almost a perfect rally! After that I was really motivated to do well, so we pushed on the limit all the time. Saturday and Sunday were much better days, we had no problems at all and the car was perfect. I'm very, very happy. Now anything is possible!”
With a third of the season now completed, Loeb is looking ahead to Argentina, an event he won by more than two minutes last season.
“It's looking good,” he added. “We have four at the moment and 12 is a lot. I prefer to think about each rally. Now I work on Argentina and prepare as well as possible. We do our best there. The most important thing for me is to try and win both Championships.”