Loeb aiming for fourth win in a row in NZ

Sebastien Loeb will be the favourite in New Zealand and he will be out to strengthen his position in the battle for the 2010 WRC drivers' title.
Citroen number one driver Sebastien Loeb remains 'cautious' ahead of Rally New Zealand this coming weekend, even if he has now won the last three events in succession.

Loeb heads into the fifth round in the 2010 World Rally Championship with 93 points on the board, 40 more than his nearest rival, Petter Solberg, so whatever happens on the Auckland-based event, he will still leave top of the table.

Loeb won the last Rally NZ and given his recent successes in Mexico, Jordan and Turkey, he will definitely start as the favourite, not that he is underestimating the likes of Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala.

"Everything's gone well for us in the early part of the season," Loeb said. "The fact that our main rivals have shared the runner-up spots has helped us to open up a gap in the overall classification.

"Even if we've won the New Zealand Rally on two occasions I'm still being a bit cautious though, as our rivals are usually very strong on this type of surface. Whatever the case, I'm really looking forward to racing in this event. The stages are magnificent and fairly easy on the car; it's one of the rallies where you get the most pleasure out of driving."

Team-mate Dani Sordo meanwhile has had a more mixed start to 2010 in the sister Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC, with two fourth places and two retirements. Last time out he failed to finish, when he damaged the suspension on his C4 WRC while running third and so he will be hoping for better in NZ.

"I hope that Lady Luck's going to smile on me at last and that I'll be back on the podium," Sordo stated. "We've been among the front-runners in all the events so far; there's no reason why it should be any different in New Zealand.

"What we've been lacking is just that little bit of success to transform our potential into results for the team. I'll devote myself to continuing in the same vein in this event that I really like."

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

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WRC for me - Unregistered

May 05, 2010 2:20 PM

Dafydd, I see your point but Matt has a great car, a good backer and great help from his dad and the team. Sadly though, the posters on here and correct. EVERY rally he says he will fight for 5th and always ends up 7th of worse. There are far better people who deserve that seat. At a time when Petter has to buy his own car as he cant get a seat and god knows how many others, Matt just bimbles along. Everyone in the UK who follows rallying wants a British driver up there at the forefront but after so many failed attempts, Matt should just give up and give someone else a chance.

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