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Loeb: Attack the only option

Citroen team leader Sebastien Loeb will want to regain the upper hand in Finland next weekend and put the problems he has experienced in Poland, Greece and Sardinia firmly behind him.

The Frenchman lost the lead in the drivers' championship last time out and now trails BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Mikko Hirvonen, who has won the last two events in succession, by one point.

Following the Rally Poland last month, the WRC went into its summer recess, but the holiday is now almost over and the trip to Jyväskylä will mark the beginning of the end, with just four rounds left to run.

Loeb will notch up his tenth start on the '1000 Lakes' on Friday week and the five-time world champion has a good record there.

Indeed while the event has only been won by seven non-Finns - and three non-Nordic drivers - in its 58 year history, Seb is a member of that exclusive club and came out top last year following a thrilling duel with Hirvonen.

His aim now will be to repeat that, something he reckons would be a major blow to his Finnish rival. Failing that he will want to match the rostrum results he took in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

"The way things stand at the moment, it's hard to have a totally free mind, but I feel quite relaxed going to round nine in the championship," said Loeb.

"It would clearly be more comfortable if we had a lead of, say, 20 points [in the drivers' championship] going into this rally. That said, we were only three points clear of Mikko before last year's visit. This time, the gap is even narrower, and there are only four more rallies to come this season.

"As I see it, it's as though the championship will be beginning afresh in Finland, and our only option will be to attack. We will have no other alternative.

"Our C4 WRC is improving through detail changes at the moment and I know it is competitive on this event.




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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

July 27, 2009 1:33 PM

Whatever !! Well I think that Jari Matti or Mikko will lead and Sebastien will continue to be under pressure to win, I hope its a Ford one two but I think Seb will get into another huge fight with the Ford boys and we could see yet another big off for Seb. I hope its a good clean fight from start to finish and I hope its a Finnish winner. its a great country and if One of the Ford boys wins it will be one hell of a party in Jyvaskyla. I think its going to be Fantastic to see this fight. Seb will once again be really hard to beat here if he keeps it on the road, mikko and Jari Matti will need to be at maximum right from the first stage to beat him.



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