Citroen completed the third round of the 2012 World Rally Championship with a 1-2 win for eight time world Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb and his new team mate Mikko Hirvonen and their Citroen DS3 WRCs, putting them first and second in the drivers’ title chase and extending Citroen’s leading in the manufacturers’ championship battle.
The 2012 Rally Mexico served up intrigue and excitement right to the very end. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena produced yet another heroic performance to claim their 69th career win.
“First of all, I think we have to stress the reliability of our cars, which have had no problems despite the extreme conditions,” concluded Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal.
“Our two crews have produced the kind of performances we were hoping they would achieve this weekend,” added Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal. “The rally was incredible difficult, right to the very end. The perfect reliability of our DS3 WRCs is all the more precious in such conditions, so I’d like to thank the entire Citroën Racing team for the key part they have played in achieving this result. In addition to the two Citroën Total World Rally Team cars, I would also like to emphasize the performances of Nasser Al-Attiyah and Thierry Neuville. Nasser ran an intelligent rally, making good use of his rally-raid experience. Thierry was unlucky, he had to rejoin under Rally 2 rules, but analysis of his performances shows he has clear potential on gravel. He’ll be able to use the experience gained here in the next round at Rally Portugal.”