Multiple world champion Sebastien Loeb has said that the most significant thing about his victory on the Rallye Monte Carlo this year was the manner in which he won it.

Loeb dominated the four-day event in his Citroen C4 WRC, winning ten of the events 19 stages and eventually taking P1 by over 2.5 minutes.

It was a real master class from the Frenchman - and the fifth time he has triumphed on what is regarded as one of, if not the, most famous rally in the world.

Furthermore while admittedly Daniel Sordo might have been more of a threat, had he not been slowed by mechanical issues, Seb seemed to have the measure of his team-mate and was 23.5 seconds ahead prior to the front differential issue which slowed the Spaniard on the second loop on day 2. Indeed by the time Sordo was forced out with turbo problems in SS11 on Saturday, Loeb had nearly a one minute cushion.

Speaking at the finish, Seb was clearly delighted to have won his 'home' event for the second year in succession and the fifth time in total, something no one else has ever managed.

"More than the fact that this was our 37th WRC victory and our fifth Monte win, I think the most significant thing is the way we won this year," he reflected. "Our C4 performed faultlessly throughout and the set-up we chose for the start proved excellent, which shows how well we worked upstream. The C4 and the Pirelli tyres also functioned well together on these asphalt stages which were often damp."

Pressed on how it felt to get that fifth victory, he added that he is of course 'really happy' about it: "It's Monte Carlo, so for me it's a great moment," he continued. "It's the first rally of the season - I like to start with ten points.

"It's also a rally in France, so I have a lot of fans and supporters. I like to bring some pleasure and it's a home rally for my co-driver, Daniel [Elena] too. So yes, it's a great moment to break this record."

As for how it compares to his other victories on the Monte - which came in 2007, 2005, 2004 and 2003 - he reckoned it wasn't the most difficult.

"We had a fight with Dani at the start and on the second day, but then after that we had a good lead. The conditions were less tricky than before, so it was less difficult to stay concentrated and stay on the road," he explained.

Despite his success though and his dominance on round 1 of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship, Seb remains grounded and he knows it is still early very days as he looks to win yet another drivers' title: "It's always nice to start the season with a win, but I have no intention of getting carried away," he summed-up. "There are some very difficult rallies to come."


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