03 Aug 08
Sebastien Loeb lost 6.4 sec of his rally lead on SS23 after making a mistake on the very first corner.
Loeb said the error had occurred because he had tried to alter his speed - in an effort to take fewer risks.
“I got out of line because I tried to go more slowly!” said Loeb, “I was too cautious, braked way too early and was too late to get back on the power. After that I decided to go back to my normal rhythm. I’m not used to driving cautiously. I’ve been going flat out so much this weekend that it’s the only way I know how to drive these roads.”
Hirvonen was aware of Loeb’s mistake and said he had made the most of the opportunity to catch up. “I could see from the lines on the road that he’s had a problem at the first junction,” said Hirvonen. “We saw the split time and I pushed as hard as I could. It looks like we took about eight seconds out of him (actually 6.4sec) but that still leaves a lot to make up on the last stage.”