F1 news
auto-power-girl - car specifications & news    www.vandmasini.ro
+Galerie Foto
+Calendar Competitional
+MotoGp News 2009
+Photo Moto Gp
+MotoGp News
+Photo Album Rally
+Photo Gallery Wrc
+Calendar Competitonal
+Rally Drivers
+Rally Co-Drivers
+Rally Monte-Carlo
+Rally Sweden
+Rally Mexico
+Rally Catalunya
+Rally Corsica
+Rally Argentina
+Rally Sardinia
+Rally Acropolis
+Rally Deutschland
+Rally Nestle Finland
+Rally Japan
+Rally Cyprus
+Rally Turkey
+Rally Australia
+Rally Team
+WRC Rally
+Albums F1 Photo Gallery +Formula 1 Photo Gallery +F1 Sexy Pit Babes Pics
+Calendar Competitonal
+Michael Schumacher F1
+Michael Schumacher
+Goodbye Michael Schumacher
+Formula 1 Pilots
+F1 Team
+F1 Sakhir Circuit
+F1 Sepang Circuit
+F1 Melbourne Circuit
+F1 Imola Circuit
+F1 Nurburgring Circuit
+F1 Barcelona Circuit
+F1 Monaco Circuit
+F1 Silverstone Circuit
+F1 Montreal Circuit
+F1 Indianapolis Circuit
+F1 Magny-cours Circuit
+F1 Hockenheim Circuit
+F1 Hungaroring Circuit
+F1 Istanbul Circuit
+F1 Monza Circuit
+F1 Spa-Francorchamps
+F1 Shanghai Circuit
+F1 Suzuka Circuit
+F1 Interlagos Circuit
+F1 News Arhive
+Formula 1 | F1 2006
+F1 News List
+Katie Price Photo Gallery +Jodie Marsh Pictures
+Photo Gallery
+Calendar Competitonal
+Galerie Foto
+Calendar Competitonal
+Calendar Competitonal
+Galerie Foto
+Photo Gallery
+Calendar Competitonal +Red Bull Romaniacs 2006 +Rally Raid Sitemap
+Galerie Foto
+Calendar Competitonal
+Arhiva Stiri
Swedish Rally: Citroen WRT preview
Citroen, Loeb and Sordo gunning for more titles!

The Citroen Total World Rally Team and its two crews will start Rally Sweden, the first round of the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship, with their motivation at an all-time high! Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena will be gunning
for a seventh consecutive title, while Dani Sordo and Marc Marti will be the key men in Citroen's conquest of a sixth crown in the Manufacturers' World Championship.

The FIA World Rally Championship will kick off after a 3-month break on the icy roads of Sweden. The greater part of Rally Sweden, still run around Karlstad, will take place in the Hagfors region, where the service park will be located.

The specials, run on frozen gravel, are wide and fast. Sebastien Loeb does more than just defend his corner on this type of surface on which the Scandinavian drivers are much more at home than their Latin rivals. Remember that the six-time world champion scored his first victory on a surface other than asphalt in Sweden in 2004. Last year, he also won in Norway in his C4 WRC. Despite this, Seb doesn't feel that he is the favourite for the opening round. "I like starting the season with this rally but it looks like the conditions are going to be very difficult (see further on). You just have to stay on the road, which isn't all that easy when I think back to the 2008 rally. My only aim is to rack up another world title, but the way last season panned out shows that you can't count your chickens before they're hatched!"

Dani Sordo's season began a few days ago. In order to get back in the groove, the young Spaniard raced in the Arctic Lapland Rally, the opening round of the Finnish Championship. It was a success, as he set all the fastest times in the rally. "It was a great way of boosting my confidence on this surface. Even though I didn't really have any rivals there's nothing like competition to get you back into the right rhythm and feel the reflexes coming back! Unlike a test session where we use the same route so we know it by heart, each special was a new challenge for me and I had to analyse the behaviour of the C4 WRC. The route was very similar to that of Rally Sweden so I feel absolutely ready."

Dani's main aim hasn't changed in relation the previous seasons, which is a crucial factor in the conquest of the Manufacturers' title. "You have to be quick, consistent and score the maximum number of points in each rally. That'll still be the case in 2010 but I want to push even harder. I'm really determined to win my first WRC rally this year. I know I can do it, and whether it comes in one of the asphalt rounds or the gravel events that I like very much such as Mexico, New Zealand or Portugal, doesn't make any difference."

"You don't change a winning team so we're tackling 2010 with the same crew as the previous seasons. The final year of the World Rally Cars looks like being a great one for the World Championship - and for Citroen - which has a real dream team," adds Olivier Quesnel, the Citroen Racing Team Principal. "The drivers of the five C4 WRCs entered this season have all been word champions in motor racing: namely, Sebastien Loeb, Dani Sordo, Sebastien Ogier, Kimi Raïkkonen, and Petter Solberg with his own team. Difficult to do much better!"

Three questions to Sebastien Loeb

Unlike most of your rivals in the world championship, you're starting your season in Sweden. Is the lack of competition a handicap?

"Holidays are pretty good too! Between testing, prize-giving and promotions I've not had enough time to get bored since we last saw each other in Cardiff! I'm happy that I was able to take a breather, but the two days practice I did in Sweden got me back into the swing of things. Now I can't wait to be at the start of the first special."

What about the rally? As the winner of the last winter rally do you think you're the favourite?

"The conditions will be very different to those of the 2008 event. Snow's fallen on frozen gravel, the temperature hasn't risen above zero and the snow hasn't been transformed into a layer of ice. We're faced with a layer of powdery snow covering frozen earth so the grip level is going to keep on changing. It's a bit like Russian roulette, and I'd really prefer a good layer of ice with constant grip. I don't think I'm the favourite, as the Finns will feel much more at home than me. But you just have to keep it between the hedges!"

You're aiming for a seventh consecutive world title. Did the way the second half of the 2009 season panned out change your approach?

"Since I lost the title by one point (in 2003) I've always applied the same logic. Every point is vital when you want to win a championship as difficult as the WRC. The way things went last year only confirmed this viewpoint. This being said, when Lady Luck deserts you, there's nothing you can do! With this season about to begin I'm still in the same frame of mind as last year. I'll start every rally with the intention of winning it."

     Swedish Rally: M-Sport preview
     Swedish Rally: BP-Ford preview
     Swedish Rally: Rally Route
     First Subaru Individual Award presented to Burri
     Skoda Motorsport to send two cars to South America
     Eurosport attracts record Monte Carlo viewers
     Argentine champion for home IRC event
     Magalhaes: teamīs graduation is helping IRC bid
     Peugeotīs 207 is still strong says Quesnel
     More M-Sport Fiesta S2000s for IRC

     Last News at infoRally

     Raliul Deltei castigat de Francois Delcour
     Bottas drove a solid race and Maldonado crashed on Monaco GP
     No points for Sauber on Monaco GP
     Best Sahara Force India result ever on Monaco GP
     Red Bull placed two cars on the podium in Monaco
..::Rally Cars For Sale::..
Anunturi Masini de Vanzare
Adauga Anunt
infoRally RSS
Add to My AOL
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to Google
Custom Search
..:: Game Suggestion ::..

Drive the super fast race cars and see if you could have been or perhaps still can become the world's best racer.
Get It!
..::Rally Newsletter::..
.::info Rally Suggestions::.
.::Car Reviews::.
..::info Rally TOP::..