Sebastien Loeb will look to extend his 100 per cent record in the 2009 World Rally Championship this weekend as the series heads to Sardinia for the sixth round of the year.
The Frenchman has enjoyed a perfect season so far, with five wins in five starts to add to the victory in the 2008 season finale in Wales.
As well as establishing a healthy lead in the championship standings, that run of success has allowed Loeb to match his own record of six successive WRC victories with the potential to add another benchmark to his already glittering resume if he can win in the Mediterranean.
“My desire to win is the same at the start of every rally,” he said. “I hate losing, so I am obviously delighted by the way things are going at the moment. Every win we have scored so far this year has simply added to the flying start we have enjoyed to the 2009 season.”
Loeb has already won on three occasions in Sardinia in the past – in 2005, 2006 and 2008 – and will go into the event as favourite to secure a fourth win, but as the man sweeping the road, the Frenchman will face a challenge on the opening day.
"I would even say it is probably the event where road order has the biggest influence," he said. "The ground is very hard-packed, but it is covered in a deep top-coating of sand. There are enormous differences in the times of the drivers who are first and second on the road. Friday will probably be a bit of a weird day regarding the way the classification goes, but we feel confident we can handle the situation…
"The early editions of this rally tended to favour extremely twisty stages, but the organisers have taken steps to correct that over the years. The tracks are now quite fast and technically very challenging. They are also lined in many places with stones and rocks, so your driving needs to be particularly precise here."