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    Taken from Citroen media release today!! Cant wait for the Perth round! We should get an Aussiefrogs contingent together?

    CITROËN BLITZES THE OPPOSITION IN GERMANY

    Citroën has strengthened its grip on the 2004 World Rally Championship with
    a commanding win by Sébastien Loeb in his Citroën Xsara at the German round
    of the WRC at the weekend (20-22 August 2004), his third consecutive win
    the German Rally, his six win this season and Citroën's seventh victory.

    Sébastien Loeb now has 29 point advantage over second placed Marko Martin
    in the drivers' championship, while Citroen heads Ford by an equal 29 point
    margin for the manufacturers' championship.

    Citroën lead the Rally of Germany from start to finish, first in the hands
    of Carlos Sainz, who finished third overall and from stage two, Sébastien
    Loeb. But this is not say it was an easy rally across the tank training
    grounds and vineyards around Trier. The rally will be remembered for the
    atrocious weather conditions, which made the first two days of the event so
    difficult.

    The Rally of Germany is almost a local event for Sébastien Loeb, coming as
    he does from just across the border in France, so thousands of fans poured
    across the border to watch the young Frenchman claim his third German
    crown.

    "2002 was the very first WRC win of my career, so of course it was quite
    unforgettable. Last year's was important, as it was so close. This year,
    the gap might have been wider, but the road conditions could have ended it
    all out at any moment," commented Loeb after a rally that saw reigning
    world champion Petter Solberg spectacularly demolish his Subaru as he
    battled to keep up with Loeb.

    "So I have never really won easily here! It's a rally where you have to
    both push and be patient, and that was even more true than ever this year.
    And you must be careful in such precarious conditions," explained Loeb.

    Germany is not Carlos Sainz favourite event, so have three podium finishes
    reconciled "El Matador" to an event among vineyards and tank traps?

    "Almost!" Carlos replies with a smile. "Marc and I have claimed our third
    podium in a row, thanks to both the team's excellent work and to our
    unyielding determination to overcome the conditions on this event. We are
    now third in the championship, and as well as the position, I am quite
    naturally very satisfied to see that I am still able to be up with the
    best."

    Team manger, Guy Fréquelin is happy with the team's success, but took
    nothing for granted in Germany

    "It was not easy," Guy Fréquelin admitted. "In this event, it would have
    been simple for a team to make a mistake in tyre choices. We came out
    rather well. It would have been easy for the drivers to go off the road.
    They were able to avoid the potential traps, completing the event with
    driving that was as brilliant as it was intelligent. It was vital for us
    not to be over-confident on the tarmac and really on it being a Citroen
    strength. We defended position and kept our strong hold on the
    championships. We are now in a good position in both championships. We are
    more keen than ever to keep our hold of it all but there is still a long
    way to go!"

    (ends)

    Stage wins
    Leg 1. SS1 : Carlos Sainz (Citroën Xsara) - SS2 and 3 : François Duval
    (Ford Focus) - SS4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 : Sébastien Loeb (Citroën Xsara).
    Leg 2. SS9 : notional time - SS10 : F. Duval - SS11 : Markko Märtin (Ford
    Focus) - SS12 : notional time - SS13 : Armin Schwarz (Skoda Fabia) - SS14 :
    S. Loeb - SS15 : Freddy Loix (Peugeot 307) - SS16 : S. Loeb - SS17 : Cédric
    Robert (Peugeot 307).
    Leg 3. SS18 : F. Loix - SS19 : F. Duval - SS20 : C. Robert - SS21, 22 and
    23 : F. Duval - SS24 : S. Loeb.

    Best performers*
    S. Loeb, 8 fastest times - F. Duval, 7 - F. Loix, 2 - C. Robert, 2 - C.
    Sainz, 1 - M. Märtin, 1 - A. Schwarz, 1 - Notional times, 2.

    Successive leaders
    SS1 : C. Sainz - SS2 to 24 : S. Loeb

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    Overall classification OMV ADAC Rallye Deutschland**
    1. S. Loeb/D. Elena (Citroën Xsara) 4 h 01 min
    57,4 s
    2. F. Duval/S. Prevot (Ford Focus) + 29,1 s
    3. C. Sainz/M. Marti (Citroën Xsara) + 1
    min 09,5 s
    4. M. Märtin/M. Park (Ford Focus) + 2 min
    40,4 s
    5. C. Robert/G. Bedon (Peugeot 307) + 3 min
    30,1 s
    6. F. Loix/S. Smeets (Peugeot 307) + 4 min 06
    s
    7. T. Gardemeister/P. Lukander (Skoda Fabia) + 5 min
    44,2 s
    8. M. Hirvonen/J. Lehtinen (Subaru Impreza) + 6
    min 41,1 s
    9. S. Sarrazin/P. Pivato (Subaru Impreza) + 6 min
    58,9 s
    10. A. Bengué/C. Escudero (Peugeot 206) + 10 min
    26,7 s …

    * Stage times of the competitors who re started after having retired thanks
    to the SupeRally regulations trial, are not taken into account in these
    statistics.

    FIA World Manufacturers' Rally Championship **
    1. Citroën, 125 points - 2. Ford, 96 pts - 3. Subaru, 67 pts - 4. Peugeot,
    65 pts - 5. Mitsubishi, 17 pts.

    FIA World Drivers' Rally Championship **
    1. S. Loeb, 76 points - 2. M. Märtin, 47 pts - 3. C. Sainz, 46 pts - 4. P.
    Solberg, 44 pts - 5. M. Grönholm, 42 pts - 6. F. Duval, 39 pts - 7. M.
    Hirvonen, 19 pts - 8. J. Tuohino, 16 pts - 9. H. Rovanperä, 14 pts - 10. F.
    Loix, 7 pts - 11. D. Carlsson, 6 pts - 12. G. Panizzi, 6 pts - 13. C.
    Robert, 4 pts - 14. M. Stohl, 3 pts - 15. J. Paasonen, 3 pts - 16. H.
    Solberg, 3 pts - 17. L. Perez Companc, 3 pts - 18. T. Gardemeister, 3 pts -
    19. J. Välimäki, 2 pts - 20. A. Ginley, 2 pts - 21. A. Warmbold, 1 pt - 22.
    M. Campos, 1 pt - 23. O. Burri, A. Vovos et G. Pozzo, 1 pt.

    ** Classements officieux jusqu'à leur validation par la FIA.


    For further information:

    Citroën Australia Media Web Site: http://media.ateco.com.au/
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    Yes.....I know its been posted twice already!!!!
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