We can't relax, says Loeb

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb warns the Jordan Rally, the third round in the 2010 World Rally Championship, won't be easy.
Multiple World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb believes that Ford will be back at their very best this week when the battle for the 2010 World Rally Championship resumes in Jordan.

Loeb and Citroen blitzed the opposition in Mexico and in the end the French manufacturer locked-out the podium and set the pace in every single test.

Despite that success though, Loeb remains cautious and he is more than aware the Jerash-based round can be a tough one, as he found out back in 2008 - the last time the WRC visited the Middle East - when a bizarre incident with Conrad Rautenbach on one of the road sections put him out.

"We dominated in Mexico but we can't relax as I know that our rivals will be back at their very best this week," Loeb confirmed. "Another victory would obviously be a big boost for us and for Citroen, but it's not going to be an easy rally.

"The stages take place right in the middle of the desert; there are no markers and we're often running blind, so it's easy to hit one of the big rocks that line the route. We have to be very precise when we're making our pace notes."

Dani Sordo meanwhile is determined to do well in the other 'works' Citroen C4 WRC after his Rally Mexico ended in disappointment and he finished only 14th.

"Our results in Sweden and Mexico were not in keeping with our potential," Sordo stated. "What is very positive though is that we'll be seventh on the road in Jordan. On Friday, we'll have the advantage of a route that's been well swept by the front-runners. A podium finish would be a good result for Marc [Marti – my co-driver] and me."

To prepare for Rally Jordan - and the next event in Turkey - Citroen carried out a test in the south of Spain recently, which gave the team the opportunity to run through the range of set-ups available for this type of surface. Sordo is convinced this will prove beneficial.

"The C4 WRC's development has reached its peak and we're not expecting any major evolutions, but this test was indispensable," he continued. "The overall level of competition is so close that a small detail can make the difference between defeat and victory. We fine tuned the set-up to the maximum by making small adjustments."

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Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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Chris - Unregistered

March 30, 2010 9:34 AM

Of course Seb can't relax, tail-end charlies Wilson and Martin are now well into year 5 of 5 and wins must be coming. Of course I'm joking. Wilson is rubbish. Ken Block was quicker than him in part in Mexico. Fellow junior Seb Ogier with less experience is also making a mockery of the hapless Cumbrian. Federico Villagra is on the same points but has started half the rallies as our comedy Brit.

Chris - Unregistered

March 30, 2010 11:41 AM

May be your right W&B - 20 years experience and factory drives for MG Rover, Vauxhall and Ford - Malcolm's results amounted to a hill of beans. Still Matt seems to have taken this family propensity for vanilla performances and propelled it to a new level of mediocrity.

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