Sebastien Loeb proved once again that he is indeed the Michael Schumacher of rallying by winning his sixth world title in a row at 2009 Wales Rally in Great Britain. It was Loeb’s, and his navigator Daniel Elena, 54th world class win and it was just enough to make them the 2009 world rally champions even though there is still one more event to go.
“There were so much pressure right up to the end of the rally,” said Sébastien Loeb amidst a swarm of microphones. “We had a good start to the year, but then encountered a few problems. However, we got back on top of things just before this rally. Finally, we’ve managed to win the title again, on the penultimate stage. Mikko didn’t give up and I had to push right to the finish. It’s never easy to compare one title with another, but I think this is the best one in terms of the sporting battle we had. When you win a title with three rallies to go, the pressure isn’t the same because you’ve always got another opportunity to do it. This was the final rally and we couldn’t afford to get it wrong. Everybody expected us to win, but I can tell you that nothing was certain until we reached the finish. That’s why it means so much to us.”
“Three weeks after winning the Manufacturers’ title, we’ve rounded off this extraordinary season with the Drivers’ title, too,” concluded Frédéric Banzet, Director of Automobiles Citroën. “We’d got it back to five titles each, but now Seb’s slipped back ahead with his sixth! We’re pleased to have the best team, and best driver
and co-driver, in the WRC. Rallying is fits perfectly with Citroën’ strategy; it’s an integral part of the brand’s DNA. Motor sport is important, and particularly when you win… and that’s what we’ve achieved again this year.”