Citroen team boss, Guy Frequelin has said that he is 'over the moon' with the teams one-two finish on the inaugural Rally Ireland.

Citroen dominated the event, the penultimate round in the 2007 FIA World Rally Championship, with Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Sordo both going extremely well in their C4 WRC cars and in the end Seb finished just under a minute up on Sordo, while Jari-Matti Latvala was a distant third, 1 minute 48.2 seconds adrift.

In total the French manufacturer won 13 of the 20 stages - including taking a clean sweep on the first day, despite the fact conditions were extremely taxing.

Furthermore with Seb's chief championship rival, Marcus Gronholm, going out on day 1 in SS4, the Frenchman has now re-taken the lead in the battle for the drivers' title and will take a six-point cushion into Wales Rally GB, the season finale.

"I am over the moon with today's one-two," reflected Frequelin. "When preparing for this event, we realised it had all the makings of being a tough one.

"Nobody had seen anything like the Irish stages before but we succeeded in adapting and finding the solutions required for a good run over these highly specific, narrow, fast and bumpy roads.

"And if their profile didn't make them demanding enough, the wet weather resulted in running water, mud being dragged onto the surface and even fog.

"It was a huge challenge but everyone at Citro?n Sport came through it with flying colours.

"S?bastien and Daniel [Elena]'s victory puts them in a favourable position. To sew up the title, Seb and Daniel now only need to score four points if Marcus Gr?nholm wins in Wales; that's equivalent to fifth place.

"I also want to congratulate Dani and Marc [Marti] on their remarkable performance this weekend [in the sister car].

"Our third one-two of the year on asphalt speaks volumes for the C4 WRC's potential. We have succeeded in winning every one of this year's sealed surface events in conditions ranging from dry and smooth to muddy and bumpy."

Despite the perfect 1-2 result though, Citroen were unable to stop BP Ford clinching the manufacturers' championship again.

Frequelin though didn't seem overly bothered that - or at least he wasn't prepared to admit it.

"We knew at the beginning of the year that with the new car and with a young driver like Dani with not so much experience it would be difficult to catch the title for manufacturers," he explained, "it's not really a big problem for us.

"It is very important now though to concentrate on the title for the drivers with Seb and Daniel. Before this rally it was difficult, but now again difficult but a bit less with six more points. It is still very difficult with GB rally because we must finish the rally, but will try to keep this title for the drivers and co-drivers," he summed-up.

 

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