Sebastien Loeb has said that while he would dearly love to win the Wales Rally GB, that won't be his priority this coming weekend as he wants to make sure Citroen secures the championship double.

Having taken the drivers' title for a record fifth time in succession in Japan, Loeb is now keen to ensure the French marque finishes ahead of Ford in the race for the manufacturers' crown and with an eleven-point lead the advantage is definitely with the Citroen Total World Rally Team.

Prior to the final round in the World Rally Championship, Loeb has been very busy - and most noticeably he joined the Red Bull Racing F1 team for the opening day of its winter test programme at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain on November 17.

Now though his focus is very much back on the WRC and what will be his eighth outing in GB, an event which he has finished on the podium four times to date - but never on the top step, having been third in 2007 and 2005 and second in 2004 and 2003.

Speaking prior to the round, Seb added that while he likes WRGB, it is definitely one of the most challenging in the championship.

"I've hardly had time to catch my breath since Japan," he stated. "The Wales Rally GB is an event I enjoy. The atmosphere is always very special, especially on the stages run in semi-darkness.

"The terrain is also highly specific, and never easy. The muddy conditions can produce differing levels of grip from one corner to the next, while other portions can be impressively fast and technically challenging, especially given how little grip there is - when there is grip!

"It's a rally I've never won - for a variety of reasons - and I would dearly like to win it one day. That probably won't be our priority this time round, however. Winning the Manufacturers' title is important for Citroen and we will do all we can to make that happen.

"That will mean defending our current eleven-point lead, steering clear of all the pitfalls and finishing as close to our rivals as we can."



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