Sebastien Loeb has said he is not sure he needed any 'assistance' to win the Jordan Rally, although he conceded maybe a 'solution' is needed to stop WRC events being tarnished by strategic 'games'.

Loeb eventually took the victory on the event, the third round in the 2010 World Rally Championship, by 35.8 seconds, having won nine stages in total. However the final day was overshadowed by more tactical shenanigans - something that had already been witnessed at the end of day one, when Petter Solberg and Dani Sordo both slowed to get a better road position for day two.

Seb had been due to run first on the road on the final day and play the 'road sweeper', but he actually ended up running second in the order after Sebastien Ogier got two penalties. Ford also employed similar tactics in a bid to help Jari-Matti Latvala, and 'engineered' it so that Mikko Hirvonen, who had re-started under the SupeRally, ran third.

Speaking after the event, Loeb said he was 'surprised' when he found out Ogier was going to be running in front of him on the final day.

"Really, I did not know," Loeb said. "I knew that Mikko would be with Jari-Matti and that I am going into the stage [first]. But [in the end] it was tactics from both teams. We changed something to be first and second on the road. But I think we speak too much about the tactics and not about what we are doing. For me, Ogier and Mikko are in some games and maybe we have to find a solution.

"It was not just a special strategy by the Citro?n team. It was a special strategy by both teams. I heard that Mikko is going to clean the road and then that Ogier is coming for me. Okay they are both now our road cleaners and it is like that.

"For sure, the team's strategy made things a bit easier for me, but I'm not sure I really needed it and despite a position that was not as favourable as Jari-Matti's, we were able to open up the gap a bit more.

"[All-in-all] I'm [still] delighted to have won such a tough rally. Our second victory in three events has helped us to open up a twenty-five point gap, the equivalent of a victory, over the second-paced driver. We can now tackle the next rally in Turkey in a reasonably relaxed frame of mind."

Citroen Racing team principal, Olivier Quesnel meanwhile insisted that the first penalty Ogier picked up was the result of an electrical problem - not a tactical move - and that this had already dashed the youngsters' hopes of making it onto the podium.

"I think it must be the 20th time I've been asked about that. He got an electrical problem and lost five minutes. That is what happened," Quesnel told sceptical reporters. "We then asked him to check in early to sweep the road. We reckoned that this strategy would give S?bastien Loeb a better chance of defending his first place."

"S?bastien [Ogier] did what he had to do," Citroen Junior Team manager, Benoit Nogier added rather cryptically. "He doesn't have any championship aspirations. Instead his goal is to demonstrate that he is capable of mixing it with the best, and I think he showed that once more this weekend."

Ogier eventually finished the rally in sixth, 10 minutes 26.4 seconds off P1 - and 9 minutes 14.6 seconds behind Petter Solberg in third. His two penalties cost him 8 minutes 50 seconds.

"I don't like these regulations but there are just two manufacturers and I am young so I do what the boss says," Ogier reflected. "But I have proved that I am improving rally after rally. It's been a very good weekend for me. We had a good run, were quite fast and made no mistakes."