Citroen number one driver Sebastien Loeb has said that his victory on the Rally Argentina on Sunday was probably the most trying of his triumphs in Cordoba.

Loeb eventually took the win, his fourth in succession on the event - and Citroen's fifth - by over 2.5 minutes. It was the conditions though, that were the real challenge, rather than his rivals.

Indeed with heavy rain, mud, fog and wild winds, it was all about survival and only three of the thirteen 'works' drivers, those that finished one-two-three, had trouble-free runs.

Of those that had problems, Loeb's chief championship rival, Mikko Hirvonen was among them and his misfortune mean't the four-time world champion easily re-took the lead in the race for the 2008 drivers' title.

"Believe me, it wasn't easy [to take P1]," reflected Loeb at the finish. "Given the delicate conditions, we had to stay doubly concentrated from start to finish.

"It was very difficult to stay on the road in some stages. It was incredible. Okay on the first day the Fords started really fast, especially Mikko. I think he had an advantage being first on the road and on the first stage, he had a big gap. Then finally he went off the road.

"We had after that a good lead and we just had to keep a good pace and not make a mistake and keep the position.

"We also benefited this weekend from a faultless performance from our Citro?n C4 which was once again competitive and reliable.

"Before coming here, we had been hoping that Rally Argentina would enable us to take the lead in the Drivers championship and score points for Citro?n, and that's what we've done!"

Asked what he thought after Mikko obliterated the opposition in SS1, 40-50 seconds quicker than anyone else, Seb conceded it was rather worrying.

"What can you do? The time was there and there was nothing to do but to try to catch him," he added. "It's like this, I don't know, but his time on the first stage was pretty impressive."

The championship now takes a break again, before resuming at the end of April with the inaugural WRC event in Jordan, where Loeb will be back acting as the 'road sweeper' on day 1.

"I have never been in Jordan so I have absolutely no idea what we will have to do there. The only thing I can tell you is that Dani [Sordo - my team-mate] was there for the recce [last year].

"He said that in some places there's some gravel on the road so maybe we will have to clean a bit. But, I like to clean because when you clean it is because you're leading the Championship and that's good," he summed-up.

 

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