Loeb still amazes Monaco
The 2015 season of the FIA World Rally Championship kicked off in style in Monaco where a man made the show. Legendary guest Sébastien Loeb was the first leader and driver who won the most special stages.
For another one-off event in the class he headed for nine years, Loeb, co-driven by Daniel Elena, was at the lead after the first stage. However, Frenchman’s chances to win vanished on Friday when he hit a rock in the final special stage, due to an icy patch.
Door was open by rally master for his successor Sébastien Ogier for a Volkswagen 1-2-3. Trailing the Polo armada, as fast in 2015 as they were in 2014 en 2013, Mads Ostberg pushed his DS3 into a nice 4th place. On the sister-car, Kris Meeke took three special stages, including the Super Special.
8 – Pocketing 8 best times, Citroën was the most successful team this weekend. Even if Volkswagen produced a wise race, it’s a clear boost for the future.
14 – The number of months Loeb and Elena stayed away from World rallies before their one-off come-back. “We enjoyed that,” Loeb said turning now sights to his second WTCC season. “When we set off on the first stage, it was as if Daniel and I had never been away!”
The DS3 involved at the Monte-Carlo didn’t get their usual colors but a special livery designed greet the 60th anniversary of the venerable DS, the legendary car designed by the Chevrons marque.
“I won a few stages and we were quick. So that’s a very pleasing point, because it means we clearly have the speed to compete.” Kris Meeke gave real hopes to Citroën to close on Volkswagen this season.
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