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Monte Carlo Rally 2007

Reigning World Champion, Sebastien Loeb, came home 38 seconds in front of his Citroen team mate Dani Sordo to claim his fourth consecutive victory in the Monte Carlo Rally, the first round of this year's WRC Championship, and in the new Citroen C4 car.

"For me this victory was one of the best, because we had a lot of questions before the start. I was a bit stressed on Thursday; it was a lot we didn’t know. The feeling was good, but in the race you need to be able to improvise and be confident in the car and we didn’t know." said Loeb.

Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that 32 year old Loeb is still recovering from a broken arm sustained in a mountain bike accident in September.

"...there was no pain during the stage, as I was concentrating and not thinking. After the long stage I feel I have some pain, but not so bad. I feel after one hour it’s going okay, then in the next morning it’s fine. It should be okay."

Sordo, on his second place said, "It’s difficult to take Sébastien, he’s really fast, but now my job is that. Sometimes I try, but it’s impossible. I am happy with my job in first and second on the first rally for the C4. It’s perfect."

In a dominant position for the whole weekend, winning six of the 15 stages, Loeb now looks forward to the Swedish Rally starting on February 9th:

"Now we know the C4 is very competitive on Tarmac. Our goal is now to fight with Marcus in Sweden. Now we have to wait and see if we have done a good job on gravel as we have on Tarmac. On Tarmac it’s hard for a big evolution. "

 

Result:

 

 

 1

 S Loeb

 Fra

 Citroen

 3h 10m 27.4s

 2

 D Sordo

 Spa

 Citroen

 +38.2

 3

 M Gronholm

 Fin

 Ford

 +1:22.8

 4

 C Atkinson

 Aus

 Subaru

 +2:28.1

 5

 M Hirvonen

 Fin

 Ford

 +2:28.3

 6

 P Solberg

 Nor

 Subaru

 +3:12.0 

 7

 T Gardemeister

 Fin

 M'bishi

 +3:38.1

 8

 J Kopecky

 Cze

 Skoda

 +4:39.4 

 9

 J Cuoq

 Fra

 Peugeot

 +5:59.7 

 10

 M Stohl

 Nor

 Ford

 +6:37.3

 11

 G MacHale

 Irl

 Ford

 +11:10.6

 12

 M Wilson

 GB

 Ford

 +13:11.0



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