Sebastien Loeb has said he will 'push hard' right from the off on the Acropolis Rally next weekend.
Loeb will go into the event gunning for his fourth win of the year in a bid to further extend his 13-point lead at the top of the drivers' championship. A win for Citroen
would also give the manufacturer its sixth in succession - equalling something the French squad managed back in 2005 and 2009.
“There's absolutely no reason why we should change our approach,” said the seven-time WRC champion in the countdown to the seventh round in the 2011 World Rally Championship.
“We've got a small lead in the championship. But thirteen points isn't much of a cushion. In Greece, like everywhere else, we're going to push hard right from the start as each second counts.”
Despite that though, Loeb knows he will have to take some care, as the event is renowned for being a car-breaker.
“The roads are very tough on both the cars and drivers,” he continued. “The heat also adds to the trying conditions. In certain portions, you have to avoid stones to spare the car and tyres. Sometimes you're thrown around in the cockpit like a ping-pong ball!”
Team-mate Sebastien Ogier
meanwhile agrees that the Greek event is tough: “You have to be very intelligent,” he added. “The cars, the tyres and the crews all suffer in Greece. You have to watch out for the mechanical components even if the Citroen
DS3 WRC has been reliable and robust since the start of the season. Each rally is a new test.”
Ogier has done the Acropolis only once thus far, although having finished second in 2009, it is clear he will again be right at the front and he is extra determined to shine after that 'stupid mistake' cost him victory last time out in Argentina.
“It was my first podium at top level [when I was second in Greece in '09],” he continued. “It's a great memory and I can't wait to be back.
“We're more motivated than ever to get out there and win and forget what happened at the end of Rally Argentina.”