17 Jun 08
Citroen Total team principal Olivier Quesnel says the close battle on the last day of Rally Turkey proves that tactics to manipulate road positions are unnecessary in the WRC.
Even though his driver, Sebastien Loeb, had to settle for third after leading on days one and two, Quesnel said was still happy with how Sunday’s competition had turned out.
“It was a good day, a real fight,” said Quesnel. “I think all the days should be like this one. The drivers do their job - they just race the best they can. I think both Hirvonen and Latvala showed they could really race with Seb. And this sort of straight fight is better for everybody, and for the WRC.”
Earlier in the competition, Quesnel had been openly critical of the tactics used by the BP Ford Team to keep Loeb running in the unenviable position of first car through Saturday’s stages. After the rally Quesnel said he favoured a return to the previous system used to determine road position, where the top 15 run in reverse order through the next day’s stages.
“I don’t care about what happened on Friday,” said Quesnel. “But WRC doesn’t need any tactics. We saw on Sunday that it could be quite nice like that, because even though we didn’t win I’m quite happy to see what happened. I prefer the road position system to be like it was last year. I think Sebastien and Marcus were quite happy to race like that.”