Peugeot boss, Jean Pierre Nicolas has insisted that they can still win the constructors' championship, despite the fact they were convincingly beaten on the Rallye Deutschland, which saw Citroen dominant the event and finish 1-2.

As a result of Citroen's success, Peugeot slipped back down to second in the manufacturers', 6 points behind. However while Peugeot team leader, Marcus Gronholm is pessimistic about their hopes [see separate story], Nicolas has insisted that they can still take the makes crown and that they will be doing their utmost on the next event, the Wales Rally GB, which should be kinder to them and the 307, as it is on gravel.

"Our objective was achieved on these very dry roads [this weekend]," said Nicolas at the finish. "We knew that it would be difficult to fight on equal terms with Citroen, so the most sensible course of action was to concentrate on securing third and fourth places.


"Our drivers had no mechanical problems throughout the rally.

"We are now six points behind in the [constructors'] championship, but Marcus and Markko [Martin] will approach the next round of the championship, Rally Great Britain, with a mindset that will allow them to fight for the win."