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STOP PRESS: Loeb wins in Germany.

Sebastien Loeb has done it again on the Rallye Deutschland, once again coming through to take the victory on the Trier-based event.

Loeb dominated the tenth round in the World Rally Championship, as he has done now for so many, many years, leading the event in his Citroen C4 WRC car from start-to-finish.

The Frenchman won all six stages on Friday and then extended his lead on Saturday, winning all but one of the eight tests. Seb then paced himself through Sunday's final 85 competitive kilometres to take the laurels by over 40 seconds.

It is the seventh year in succession he has come out top in Germany – having won every year since the event joined the WRC back in 2002 - and the result moves him back into the lead in the battle for the 2008 drivers' championship, 4 points up on Mikko Hirvonen.

Dani Sordo meanwhile took the runners-up spot in the sister C4 WRC car, and that result gives the Citroen Total WRT the maximum 18-point haul and moves it in front of Ford in the manufacturers'. Citroen now has an 8 point lead, with 5 rounds to go.

Stobart Ford's Francois Duval was next up and took the final spot on the podium, having put in a charge on the final day – winning all four 'proper' tests – to ensure he kept Mikko Hirvonen behind in P4.

Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson completed the top six in their Subaru Impreza WRC2008s, while Henning Solberg and Urmo Aava were seventh and eighth, followed by Jari-Matti Latvala and Toni Gardemeister, the latter collecting the final manufacturers' point.

Gigi Galli was the only 'major' retirement, when he crashed out at high-speed on day 1 in SS5, breaking his left leg. He had surgery on Friday night and is now said to be recovering well.

Full report and result to follow...


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rich ard

August 17, 2008 1:32 PM

well done seb. we are witnessing the powers of a true rally legend, and it will be many years before there is another like him. seb is the schumi of the rally world and we should be celebrate the fact that we have witnessed this "great"

sebfan - Unregistered

August 17, 2008 5:57 PM

I agree whole heartedly that Seb is truly a motorsport Great. I have watched Seb since his junior days and have seen him improve from very good to outstanding, some times stunning on all surfaces not only his original field of expertise, ashpalt. To stand on a stage and see Seb in full flight is unbelievable. Now sme will say there is not the depth of talent in WRC of a few years ago. No Colin, Carlos, Tommi, Richard or Markus but Seb did begin his top flight career against them and beat them all so his achievements cannot be praised highly enough. Add to this his laid back, friendly but professional personality who will always have time for the fans and he will go down as an all time great.



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