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Loeb: No change despite lead

Sebatien Loeb says his approach for the remainder of the World Rally Championship season won't change, despite extending his lead in the standings to 19 points in Argentina.

A fifth successive win this season has seen Loeb move onto a maximum 50 points for the season, with team-mate Dani Sordi making the most of a retirement for Mikko Hirvonen to move ahead of the Ford man into second place.

With Loeb having been the dominant force in the WRC this season, it remains to be seen if the Frenchman can be caught but he said he wasn't thinking about the championship despite his healthy advantage.

“I will not change anything,” he said after the finish in Argentina. “I will just try to prepare as well as possible each time. So it will be the same for the next one.

“I don't think of the championship or the record of the twelfth win that everyone is speaking about. I just have to prepare for Sardegna and that's it.”

Loeb's quest for a fifth straight win in Argentina was aided by Hirvonen's retirement on the second day, but he insisted it hadn't been an easy run.

“It has been a great weekend for us; no problem with the car and it has been a very difficult rally for the cars, it was very rough in some stages, especially the second pass,” he said. “The stages were really tricky, and it was very easy to make some mistakes. We had some moments in the fight on the first and second day but finally no problem, no mistakes and we are here. But it was not so easy.

“I was happy to fight with Hirvonen. I think he didn't deserve [to retire], it was a good fight. It was very tight in the start of the rally because he's doing very well since the start of the Championship. I beat him every time and it was always a good fight and now he lost the points. It's a problem but it is motorsport.”


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Nanbawan - Unregistered

April 27, 2009 10:22 PM

The eventual winner of the event isn't the sole interest in WRC, hopefully. I still take pleasure in watching the reports with the on-boards, etc. Of course, it would be better with more competition. Anyway, we might witness a legendary season in the making. But let's not forget that a DNF (or several) from Loeb can overturn things pretty quickly.



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