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STOP PRESS: Loeb wins in Australia

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has won the Repco Rally Australia today to close back up on Mikko Hirvonen in the battle for the 2009 WRC drivers' title.

Loeb, who purposely eased off in SS23 on Saturday, to ensure he had a better road position for the final leg, took the lead from the off this morning and then pulled away eventually taking the victory by 12.5 seconds.

The Frenchman will now head to the penultimate round in Spain at the start of next month just 1 point behind in the drivers' championship.

Hirvonen meanwhile made sure he took the runners-up spot by setting the pace in the final test. The BP Ford Abu Dhabi #1 came under pressure from Dani Sordo today, but in the end the Finn finished 4.6 seconds ahead despite having to run first on the road and sweep away all the loose gravel.

Citroen Junior Team's Sebastien Ogier was fourth, a minute further back, after starring on day 1, followed by early leader, Jari-Matti Latvala.

Stobart Ford's Matthew Wilson completed the top six, albeit 3.5 minutes off P5, followed by his team-mate, Henning Solberg and Munchi's Ford man Federico Villagra. Hayden Paddon and P-WRC winner, Martin Prokop rounded out the top ten.

Conrad Rautenbach and Khalid Al Qassimi both had to SupeRally, the latter coming home 19th after hitting a rock and damaging his steering in SS7 on Friday. Rautenbach, who crashed out on Saturday, completed the last stage in 17th. However he had to retire before the final service after damaging the radiator on his C4 in SS34.

Full report and result to follow...





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Sebastien Loeb (Fra) Daniel Elena (Fra) Citroen Total WRT CitroenC4   Rd 10 WRC Repco Rally Australia Tweed Valley NSW Australia
Sebastien Loeb (Fra) Daniel Elena (Fra) Citroen Total WRT CitroenC4   Rd 10 WRC Repco Rally Australia Tweed Valley NSW Australia
Sebastien Loeb (Fra) Daniel Elena (Fra) Citroen Total WRT CitroenC4   Rd 10 WRC Repco Rally Australia Tweed Valley NSW Australia
Sebastien Loeb (Fra) Daniel Elena (Fra) Citroen Total WRT CitroenC4   Rd 10 WRC Repco Rally Australia Tweed Valley NSW Australia
Sebastien Loeb (Fra) Daniel Elena (Fra) Citroen Total WRT CitroenC4   Rd 10 WRC Repco Rally Australia Tweed Valley NSW Australia
Sebastien Loeb (Fra) Daniel Elena (Fra) Citroen Total WRT CitroenC4   Rd 10 WRC Repco Rally Australia Tweed Valley NSW Australia

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Ste - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 1:54 PM

He's just been given a penalty (as well as Sordo and Ogier too) for a roll-bar irregularity.. which makes things a little better for Mikko at least.. www . autosport . com /news /report . php/id/78382

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 11:46 AM

Not exactly the result I was looking for but I think Mikko did extreemly well considering his road position No one can assume Mikko can finish on the Podium in Spain either now Petter has a C4 at his disposal now. The points difference could be as much as 4 points if that happens. Mikko needs to finish 3rd in Spain and then mikko to win and Jari Matti to finsh 2nd on GB if Mikko is to be the Champion. If Petter gets between Loeb and Mikko in Spain forcing Mikko down to 4th he then needs to get in between Mikko and Loeb on GB too forcing Loeb to finish 4th there. I cant seeing Loeb finishing 4th on GB when there is a title at steak. Sadly This is looking favorable for Seb now.



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