Loeb insists he will push for GB win


World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb is ready to make significant changes to his Citroen DS3 WRC in a bid to catch the dominant Fords on day two of Rally GB.

Loeb denied that he would be content to settle for third-place points and said he was frustrated that he could not beat Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg on Friday. He is 21.3 seconds adrift of leader Latvala.

"I don't know what is the problem," said Loeb. "I feel comfortable with the car and I have confidence, but we just can't match the Fords.

"Is this with the setting of the car, is it the running order, is it because we had two spare wheels when they had one or is it just in some small details?

"We don't know, but we will make some changes tonight, we will work and find out for tomorrow."

Loeb has a 54-point championship lead over team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, so stands a good chance of clinching his ninth WRC title at his home event in France next month.

But he insisted he was not just driving for points in Wales.

"It's not that," Loeb said. "I am pushing hard and really trying. And I will do the same again tomorrow.

"But 21s is a good lead, we will have to see what we can do."

Traditionally the stages around Epynt have been good for Loeb and the champion said he was looking forward to returning to Cychan and Halfway.

"I like these roads and I can push in them," he said, "but also I liked the stages today and today we could not catch the Fords."

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