Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has taken the early lead in the 2009 World Rally drivers' championship following the opening round of the series, Rally Ireland.

Loeb scored 10 points following his win in Sligo, while Dani Sordo was second to take 8 and Mikko Hirvonen third to score 6.

In the Manufacturers' championship the Citroen Total WRT goes top and thanks to a maximum 18 point haul now lies 10 points up on both the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT and the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford RT.

World Rally Drivers' Championship (after 1 of 12 rounds):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 10 points
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 8 points
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 6 points
4. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 5 points
5. Chris Atkinson Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 4 points
6. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 3 points
7. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 2 points
8. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 1 point

World Rally Manufacturers' Championship (after 1 of 12 rounds):

1. Citroen Total WRT 18 points
2. BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT 8 points
= Stobart VK M-Sport Ford RT 8 points
4. Citroen Junior Team 5 points

Junior World Rally Championship (for drivers) (after 1 of 8 rounds):

1. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 10 points
2. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 8 points
3. Simone Bertolotti Suzuki Swift S1600 6 points
4. Yoann Bonato Suzuki Swift Sport 5 points
5. Kevin Abbring Renault Clio R3 4 points
6. Luca Griotti Renault Clio R3 3 points

Note: The Rally Ireland did not count as part of the Production Car World Rally Championship.

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