Sebastien Loeb admitted it was a case of job well done after securing victory on Rally Mexico – putting him into the lead of the World Rally Championship standings in the process.
Loeb had finished second behind Ford rival Mikko Hirvonen on the season opener in Sweden but bounced back in perfect fashion as Citroen dominated the Mexican event. With Hirvonen only able to finish down in fourth place, Loeb now holds a six point lead heading into round three in Jordan.
Defending champion Loeb hit the front on the second day of the event as he benefitted from an improved road position – having run second on the road on day one – and victory on all bar-one of the stages meant he went into the final day with a comfortable lead.
With that in mind, the Frenchman brought his C4 WRC home to the finish just over 24 seconds ahead of Petter Solberg's privately entered car, with Sebastien Ogier just behind him as Citroen cars swept the podium.
“This victory has done us the power of good,” Loeb reflected. “We controlled our rally well and I think we can look forward to the next events with confidence, as they'll be run on similar surfaces.
“Thanks to this victory, we've taken the lead in the championship and opened up a small gap over Mikko Hirvonen. It's a good situation, even we'll have to sweep the road in Jordan.”
Team-mate Dani Sordo restarted the final day under Super Rally having been forced to retire from day two to pick up manufacturer points for Citroen, which has closed the gap to Ford in the standings to six points.