Sebastien Loeb has admitted defeat in his hopes of winning the World Touring Car Championship in his first season after slipping almost 100 points adrift of team-mate Jose Maria Lopez.
The rallying legend has made a seamless transition to touring car competition in 2014 as part of Citroen's all-conquering three-strong line-up, the Frenchman picking up wins in Morocco and Slovakia.
However, in a year that has seen Citroen dominate proceedings, Loeb has not quite had the consistent pace to match team-mates Lopez and Yvan Muller, leaving him a fairly lonely third overall with four rounds and eight races remaining.
After failing to make the podium at Termas de Rio Hondo, Loeb says he is now going to begin turning his attention to the 2015 WTCC season, claiming the panel-rubbing is ideal for learning his touring car trade.
“Fourth and sixth isn't a dream result, but I can take plenty of positives out of this weekend,” he said. “I managed to work my way through the pack, with a more combative approach and some nice overtaking manoeuvres.
“All this is great experience for me, as I'm now focusing first and foremost on 2015. I'm nearly 100 points adrift of Pechito, so I consider myself out of the running for the title.”