01 Mar 08
After an incident packed start to Rally Mexico, during which Sebastien Loeb narrowly avoided a five minute penalty and Dani Sordo crashed on the opening stage, the Citroen team has enjoyed a reversal of fortune on the second day of the event.
Sordo restarted on Saturday as a Superally entrant and went on to set the fastest time on two stages, while a resurgent Sebastien Loeb took five stage wins and will start day three with a commanding rally lead.
"I'm delighted with the way our day went, which only serves to make our misfortunes of yesterday all the more frustrating," said Sordo. "We've found a set-up I like and I had an excellent feeling with my car. There is one more day to come and we're still in with a chance to pick up a manufacturers' championship point for Citroen."
"It would be difficult not to be pleased with the way today went," said Citroen’s team principal Olivier Quesnel. "Just as we had hoped yesterday, Seb and Daniel were able to challenge for the lead and they profited from the work done on their car last night by the team to win their duel and pull out a useful gap. They haven't won this rally yet, though, and tomorrow's leg could well spring a surprise or two. The run of Dani and Marc today was an encouraging pointer for the rest of the year. They matched the speed of their team-mates on several occasions and, had they not been eliminated on Friday when a component broke after an impact on SS1, they would be battling for a podium finish now. But there are plenty more rallies to come for that..."