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Loeb: Better to win without tactics
20 April 2010
Sebastien Loeb admitted that it was better to win in Turkey without the need to employ tactics after the Frenchman secured his third straight World Rally Championship victory.
After the event in Jordan was overshadowed by team tactics on the final day, the leading drivers all elected to push throughout the three days of action in Turkey, with Loeb eventually coming out on top ahead of privateer Citroen driver Petter Solberg.
Loeb admitted he preferred to win the event without the need for tactical driving, although he insisted there was still a need for the regulations to be examined to prevent tactics becoming an issue in future.
“For sure, it's much better to win like this without any tactics,” he said. “But the regulation is like it is, we cannot do what we saw in Jordan. The job of the team is to win the rallies and when the regulation is permitting some things like that, you have to use it.
“The problem is from the regulation. If you want no tactics, you have to change the regulation. It was a good thing not to check in [early], that was too far in Jordan. But, for sure, our job is to go fast and when you can win a rally going flat out, it's better. If it is like it was a few years ago, reversing the order, it was a case of pushing from the start – maybe it's better for the future.”
Loeb added that the new route in Turkey had been far from easy over the three days and said he was pleased to have extended he points lead – which now stands at 40 after four events.
“The route was a real challenge with some very quick sections and others in which you had to nurse the car,” he said. “Once again, the reliability of the C4 WRC was a huge help. This third win on the trot has helped us to make the break in the world championship as we now have forty points in hand over our nearest rival.”
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