17 May 08
Total Citroen team principal Olivier Quesnel says the way in which Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena won the Rally d'Italia Sardegna makes the result especially significant.
"Given the challenging context in which it was obtained, I am very happy with this result,” said Quesnel. "Sebastien and Daniel fully deserved to win because the parameters were very complex. We challenged for victory from start to finish and I believe that says a great deal about our domination.
“Being in the lead all the time meant that we spent the weekend sweeping a cleaner line for our competitors, but Sebastien and Daniel managed to overcome that handicap and went on to notch up their 40th world class win with Citroen. They also scored maximum championship points which is good for their title chances. “
Quesnel accepted that Dani Sordo had struggled on Saturday’s roads, but was pleased to have come away with 14 points in the manufacturers’ contest. “Dani and Marc put in a strong run, too, although their mission was complicated by the 'road sweeping' they had to do on day two,” he said. “But the points we have scored in Sardinia mean that the gap at the top of the Manufacturers' championship has stabilised.”