Citroen team boss Olivier Quesnel has hailed the performance of his number one driver Sebastien Loeb after the Frenchman notched up a record breaking fifth win on the Rallye Monte Carlo on Sunday.

Loeb's win was the second consecutive triumph for the Citroen C4 WRC at the Principality and it follows on from the three successes notched up with its predecessor, the Xsara WRC, in 2005, 2004 and 2003, which was also of course with Seb.

"It's immensely satisfying to have started my job as director of Citroen Sport with a win on the Monte Carlo Rally," reflected Quesnel.

"This result owes much to the talent of Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena [his co-driver]. They put in a perfect run - it's amazing. Another win for the team on the WRC's particularly challenging curtain-raiser is a fitting reward for all the hard work put in by everyone at Citroen Sport."

Despite his joy though, he conceded that he was a bit frustrated too, as an engine problem cost Daniel Sordo the runners-up spot in the sister C4.

The Spaniard eventually finished in eleventh under the SupeRally and picked up the final manufacturers' points, a result, which combined with the ten points scored by Loeb, gives the French team the early lead in the manufacturers' championship - 1 point ahead of Subaru.

"For sure, as Guy Frequelin [my predecessor] used to say, I am very pleased, but I am a little bit disappointed too," he continued. "Dani had his engine problem and I would like to have seen him here [on the podium].

"The result here gives us a solid footing in both championships though. I remain lucid, however, because the team is often successful on sealed surfaces. A totally different challenge awaits us in Sweden [the next event on the schedule]. Our rivals will doubtlessly be very strong in the slippery conditions and the fight promises to be more open."


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