Loeb Vows Not to Ease Off

World rally champion Sebastien Loeb has vowed not to take it easy now that he has wrapped up his second consecutive title - because he is determined to help his Citroen team land the manufacturers' crown

Loeb Vows Not to Ease Off

Loeb won the world drivers' championship with second place in Japan, but his team only have a 22-point lead over Peugeot in their teams' battle - meaning that they still need more good results this season to be assured of the title.

Speaking after his triumph, Loeb said: "It's fantastic. We have reached the first peak of what has practically been a perfect season by sewing up our second Drivers' title with three rounds still to come. Each time out, Citroen has given us a competitive and reliable car.

"This triumph is also theirs and we now intend to do all we can to make sure the team keeps the Manufacturers' title. They really deserve it. I only needed to finish third here, and I came home in second place but that doesn't change much."

Citroen's team boss Guy Frequelin backed up Loeb's claim that the French manufacturer were determined not to relax just yet.

"Winning the Drivers' title is only half the job," he said. "We must now finish it by making sure we keep the Manufacturers' crown."

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