Another double world title for Total Citroen


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Three  weeks  after  winning  the  manufacturers’  title  in  Catalonia,  the  CITROËN  TOTAL  team  scored  another double world title* thanks to Sébastien Loeb’s and Daniel Elena’s victory in Rally Great Britain in their C4 WRC.

It was the French driver’s seventh success in 2009, and it gave him his sixth drivers’ world championship title on the trot, a unique performance in rallying and in all other forms of motor sport.

To win his sixth title, Sébastien knew that only a victory would be good enough. He was one point behind Finn Mikko Hirvonen before the last rally of the season, and the CITROËN TOTAL driver knew he had to finish in front of him in the top 8 in Cardiff to keep his crown.

Loeb took the lead in the first stage and he went balls out all the way to keep his rival behind until the finish. “It’s one of my greatest titles, if not the greatest from a sporting point of view,» explained the world no.1. I had to fight right up to the very last moment and I really had to draw on my inner reserves to stay in front of Mikko. I’d like  to  thank  the  whole  CITROËN  TOTAL  team.  We  knew  how  to  find  the  resources  to  fight  back  when  our championship hopes looked in jeopardy, and we scored another clean sweep at the post.”

The partnership between Total and Citroën that started prior to the French make’s world programme has now set several   records.   Since   2003,   with   the   Xsara   and   the   C4,   the   CITROËN   TOTAL   TEAM   has   won   five manufacturers’ titles out of seven and six drivers’ titles with the Loeb-Elena pairing.

Philippe Corsaletti (Total Competitions Director): “Once again our partnership with Citroën Racing has been crowned  with  success.  It’s  the  reward  for  our  common  taste  for  excellence  and  our  approach  to  racing,  as  in rallying there’s no room for the slightest approximation. That’s why we develop lubricants for the C4 with such meticulous attention. Bravo to Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena and also to Dani Sordo and Marc Marti who’ve been impeccable throughout the season. Rendezvous next February for the Swedish Rally!”

Olivier  Quesnel  (Citroën  Competitions  Manager):  “Sébastien,  Daniel,  Dani,  Marc  and  the  whole  team  have once  again  done  everything  that  was  asked  of  them  this  season.  Three  weeks  after  the  manufacturers’  title, Citroën has scored another world championship double. For the Loeb-Elena pairing it was the crowning glory after a fantastically exciting finale against top-quality rivals. This season’s been full of ups-and-downs and has proved once again that you have to approach the World Rally Championship in a very humble frame of mind. The sixth drivers’  title  on  the  trot  as  well  as  our  five  manufacturers’  titles  in  seven  years  is  also  a  reward  for  Total,  our valued partner when it comes to synchronizing all the parameters for victory.”