The CitroŽn Total WRT scores its first double of the 2010 season
Rally Bulgaria (9 Ė 11 July 2010) Ė Day 3

Sťbastien Loeb and Daniel Elena laid the foundations of their victory during the first two days of the rally. At the end of the final stages of Rally Bulgaria they racked up their 58th world championship win. Despite being under constant pressure from Petter Solberg, Dani Sordo and Marc Marti held on to their second place giving the CitroŽn Total World Rally Team its first double of the 2010 season. Thanks to Petter Solberg and Sťbastien Ogier, CitroŽn scored the first one-two-three-four in its history in the FIA World Rally Championship.

After a couple of fairly long days, the final leg of Rally Bulgaria was much shorter with two stages to be covered twice. The sun shining on the Bulgarian mountains left no doubt as to the choice of tyres Ė hard Pirelli P-Zeros for everybody!

Sťbastien Loeb had a 40-second lead over Dani Sordo when he left the parc fermť so he could afford just to hold on to his position on the final day. The six-time world champion lost a handful of seconds in the first two stages: ďItís an ideal situation but I donít really feel very comfortable when I have to ensure my place. You can always puncture or make a mistake. Iíll try to stay concentrated and enjoy the stages. My C4 is quite simply perfect and itís sheer magic to drive in these conditions.Ē

For Sordo, on the other hand, the third day looked a lot more fraught. The Spaniard had only a 4.7s lead over Petter Solberg, and he had no choice but to push to keep his position. In Muhovo 1 (SS14), the Norwegian pulled back 9/10s but Dani hit back in Slavovitsa 1 (SS15). He took 2.7s off his rival and arrived in the Dolna Banya service park with 6.5s in hand: ďIím going to have to keep on pushing as I know that Petter will give nothing away. He drove very well in the first loop, but I wasnít too slow either!Ē

The Sordo / Solberg duel continued in the next two stages. Dani fended off all his rivalís attacks and kept his second place: ďIíve achieved my aim in this rally. Seb made a decisive break in the opening stages and once again he was the quickest this weekend. My role was to bag as many points as possible for CitroŽn for the Manufacturersí World Championship title, and I also wanted to win my duel with Petter. My second podium on the trot has boosted my confidence for the rest of the season.Ē

Loeb kept up the same pace to score his 58th WRC victory increasing his lead in the Driversí World Championship to 49 points: ďItís all gone off like a dream, really. We began with a good first day and we consolidated our position on the next one. Today was a bit more relaxed! I like the first Rally Bulgaria! Itís got good stages that highlight the qualities of the drivers and the cars. Bravo to Dani who drove a great race.Ē

Thanks to the third and fourth places of Petter Solberg and Sťbastien Ogier, CitroŽn scored the first onetwo- three-four in its history in the FIA World Rally Championship. ďThis overall result is the best proof of the qualities of our C4 WRCs, whether theyíre works cars or entrusted to privateers. Sebís and Daniís double has helped CitroŽn to open up a big lead in the Manufacturersí World Championship, so the principal aimís been achieved,Ē underlined Olivier Quesnel, the CitroŽn Racing Team Principal.

Provisional overall general classification
1. Loeb / Elena CitroŽn C4 3h02m 39.2s
2. Sordo / Marti CitroŽn C4 +29.5s
3. P. Solberg / Patterson CitroŽn C4 +36.3s
4. Ogier / Ingrassia CitroŽn C4 +1m 55.0s
5. Hirvonen / Lehtinen Ford Focus +3m 17.8s
6. Latvala / Anttila Ford Focus +4m 28.5s
7. Andersson / Andersson Ford Focus +5m 25.2s
8. Turan / Sziros Peugeot 307 +7m 04.0s
9. Wilson / Martin Ford Focus +9m 28.6s
10. H. Solberg / Minor Ford Fiesta +13m 06.0s

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