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Quesnel expects Loeb's experience to pay off

Citroen team boss Olivier Quesnel says he is confident that Sebastien Loeb will emerge as the WRC champion from the final round of the season in Wales
Citroen team boss Olivier Quesnel says he feels that Sebastien Loeb's experience could be the deciding factor in the fight for the World Rally Championship title.

Loeb heads into the final event of the season in Wales trailing Mikko Hirvonen by just one point, and need to finish ahead of his Ford rival to secure a sixth consecutive title.

The Frenchman will run behind Hirvonen on the road during the opening day of the event, which Quesnel said could be a key factor as the Citroen ace will then be able to adapt his driving depending on the performance of the Ford driver.

And Quesnel also said he felt that Loeb's past record could give him the edge over Hirvonen as the Finn looks to take his first crown.

"In the past two years, Mikko has shown that he is perfectly capable of holding his own,” he said. “He is not fazed by pressure; he is another 'Iceman'.

“His handicap, though, is the fact that he has never been World
Champion. With five consecutive titles and 53 WRC wins to his name, Sebastien is accustomed to this sort of situation. He fears no one!

“In Wales, he will also have the advantage of running just behind Mikko in the order to begin with, and I believe it is effectively preferable to be the hunter rather than the hunted in this sort of situation.

“Mikko will have to choose between hitting the ground running or taking time to bed himself in. Seb will be able to adapt as a function of that choice…"



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GP One

October 17, 2009 1:54 PM

I dont think team order will affect the title outcome. All loeb needs to do is finish ahead of hirvonen. Finishing in any other position means losing the championship. I think this could be the best rally we'll see in a long time.

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

October 17, 2009 2:27 PM

I just cant believe that Saturday is made up of such poor stages once again. I will be working on Saturday because the stages are just so boring, I wont watch. Fridays stages are good, so are Sundays, but the Saturday ones are Really dissapointing I think. We have much better stages in Wales within distance too. Its as if Andrew Kellit is trying to make fans dissapointed to Rally support for the Event to move up North. Either way this will be one Really nail biting finish to the season, just what the WRC needs I think. We havent seen this since the Sainz/Makkinen Burns/Mcrae battles in years gone by, its gonna be awesome



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