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Citroen: We want to win in Poland now

Citroen Total WRT team manager, Sven Smeets has vowed that they will go to the Rally Poland in two weeks time 'hungrier' than ever to take the victory after a nightmare outing on the Acropolis.

Sebastien Loeb and Dani Sordo were both looking strong at the end of the opening leg in their Citroen C4 WRC's, however it all went horribly wrong on day two.

Indeed Seb uncharacteristically crashed out in the very first stage, heavily damaging his car and ruling out any chance to SupeRally after rolling it five to six times, while Sordo also joined him on the sidelines just two stages later, when he hit a rock in SS9 and damaged his suspension.

Although Sordo rejoined and eventually took 12th place under the SupeRally and four valuable manufacturer points, that was a long way short of what the team had hoped for.

Speaking at the finish, Smeets was keen to focus on the next event, what will be the eighth round in this year's series and with Ford now just 15 points adrift and Hirvonen just 7 points off Loeb in the drivers' there is everything to play for.

"Dani and Marc [Marti] did a perfect job today," reflected Smeets. "These points are even more important because our rivals once again took a maximum score.

“We're already looking ahead to the next rally now though. We'll be going to Rally Poland even hungrier for a win!"

Sordo meanwhile while focused on getting to the end on Sunday and hauling himself up from 17th, couldn't hide the fact he was disappointed.

He also reiterated that he felt he could have won had he not clobbered that rock in the 24.15 kilometre Kefalari test.

"It's never easy to run at a controlled pace but I took no risks today and stayed in the middle of the road - at times, it felt like we're doing a recce! In the end we took important points for the Manufacturers' Championship.

“Yesterday though, we lost our chance to go for the win at this event when we broke a suspension arm on a rock. It happened four kilometres in, in a very slow right-hand corner. The rock was hidden in the grass and I hadn't seen it during the recce.

“I'm really disappointed. Everything was in place to take our first win in the World Championship. I really felt I could have won here. It wasn't a good rally for us. Maybe it will be next year,” he summed-up.


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Taz - Unregistered

June 17, 2009 10:49 AM

He should join Wilson at Stobart Ford on their 20 year plan for World domination. Wilson is on year 5, he might get into the top 5 after year 10...doubt it though :)



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