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Loeb aims to extend winning run

Sebastien Loeb will look to continue his dominant run of form in the 2009 World Rally Championship this weekend as the series heads to Argentina for the fifth round of the year.

The Frenchman has been in imperious form thus far and remains unbeaten in 2009 after taking victory in Ireland, Norway, Cyprus and Portugal – putting him ten points clear of nearest challenger Mikko Hirvonen in the championship standings.

The Frenchman will now hope to not only extend his winning run this season, but also continue his love affair with the Argentine stages. Indeed, since retiring from his Rally Argentina debut back in 2003, Loeb has never finished lower than second and has won on his last five visits to the South American nation.

“It's the best start we've ever had to any season," he said. "In South America, we don't really have any other choice than to go for victory.

“Rally Argentina holds so many special memories for us, and that's not just because we have won the past four events. I really enjoy the stages and the spectators make the atmosphere unique. We know we can count on the same sort of welcome that we were given two weeks ago in Portugal, and it's always nice to see the passion of the people of the different countries we visit. There are spectators everywhere: at service, on the road sections and on the stages.

“You practically don't need a roadbook because the route is picked out for you by the crowds!"

Argentina will mark the second outing for the new 2009-specification Citroen C4 and Loeb admitted that he expected the new car to be strong again in South America.

"The Rally de Portugal was fairly typical of the terrain we find in the WRC,” he said. “Every event is different, but a car which goes well in the Algarve is also likely to be quick in Argentina, Sardinia, Greece and Poland.

“The Argentine stages feature a fairly sandy surface, which makes them very slippery. Technically, I believe the 2009-specification C4 WRC marks a step forward on the suspension front in certain conditions, and the engine is more drivable, too."


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