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Loeb delighted with four win of season

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.”


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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

April 07, 2009 12:42 PM

I dont think that Citroen are cheating at all, I just think that Sebastien is dominating like Makkinen and Mcrae would do on selected events, however Seb is way more consistent and is that little bit more rounded, hence winning more often than not. I think if Jarri Matti can just find his feet a bit we will have a new arch rival for Seb. Jarri Matti is the only one who can beat him on pace, but its going to take a lot more than leading Rallies to beat the Champ though.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

April 06, 2009 3:51 PM

He does cheat ! He's a godless winning machine ! :-o :D :D I think his personality, the complicity with Elena, his talent, his relationship with his engineers at Citroen and the fact that he now has loads of experience compared to his current opponents explain a lot of things. It's true he's not facing a competition as tough as it used to be yet don't write off the fact that he was already fast and winning at the times of Makinen, Gronholm, Mc Rae, Sainz and co !



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