Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has switched back to his original engine for the Corona Rally Mexico, the third round in the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship.

Loeb was en-route to the shakedown test when he experienced a problem with his C4 WRC. The Frenchman immediately returned to the service area where the team initially opted to change his power-plant - as they believed he wouldn't get a five-minute penalty, as it was a new unit for this event following his off in Sweden.

However after the stewards ruled that he would in fact be penalised, as they judged this to be the third 'linked' event for the engine - all engines for manufacturer teams must do three rounds - the French team took the decision to revert to the original.

"The regulations seemed clear for us and we also understood the FIA allowed that change," Citroen Sport boss Olivier Quesnel told the team's official website.

"After the Stewards meeting, a five minutes penalty was finally applied. We have explained this had not brought us any advantage and have suggested refitting the original engine in the C4. The Stewards accepted our explanations allowing us to proceed to this. The penalty no longer applies."



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