Citroen Rally team and their top driver Sébastien Loeb are at it again beating the competition, and once they’re on the roll nothing will stop them until they achieve another world title!
Yesterday at Rally Mexico 2011, Loeb scored a maiden win for the Citroën DS3 WRC and positioned himself second in the driver’s world championship. This is their fifth consecutive victory in Mexico. They’ve been unbeatable since 2006.
You have to give it to Citroen as their new smaller slower rally car seems to be just as brilliant as the previous version, all of which were world champions. They have an expertise in making perfect rally car and with the talented Loeb at the wheel they’re looking forward to another great year.
Other Citroen driver Sébastien Ogier crashed in the first stage on the final day and had to retire due to a broken left-hand front upright. Only 10.5s had separated Ogier and Loeb when they left the Poliforum de León service park.
“I had to push to hold on to my first place as my position of being first out forced me to sweep the roads yet again,” explained the Citroën Total World Rally Team driver. “In a corner, the car understeered and I went a bit wide. I couldn’t avoid a stone on the verge and the left-hand front upright broke. I gambled and I lost, but above all I’m feeling gutted for the whole team. We’d done a great job since the start of the weekend and I didn’t manage to make it pay off by scoring precious points for Citroën.”When Loeb saw his team-mate stopped in the stage he lifted off a little until the finish: “Seeing Sébastien and Julien on the side of the road didn’t give me much pleasure. We could have fought till the very end and it’s a pity it finished like that. We went back into the lead of the rally with more than 1m 30s in hand over Mikko. We just nursed it home.”
“It’s another exceptional result for Citroën,” smiled Olivier Quesnel. “It was a really great rally. We lost Sébastien Ogier along the way; it’s unfortunate but that’s how it goes. In the first event on gravel we showed the speed and reliability of the DS3 WRC, even if we had a few glitches. I’m feeling confident for the rest of the season as I’m convinced that we’ve got the best car and the best crews. We’ve now got to use our brains to fight for the two world titles.”