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Title winner Sebastien Loeb secures first place in your vote to find the top driver from the 2009 WRC season
Sebastien Loeb may have clinched another WRC title in 2009, but the Frenchman certainly didn't have it all his own way after being pushed hard to the finish by Mikko Hirvonen.

Early on the in the season, Loeb looked odds on to secure the crown with victory in the first five events of the year but after managing just fourth in Italy, an uncharacteristic error saw him crash out in Greece – where Hirvonen started his own run of four victories.

The following events saw Hirvonen move into the lead of the standings, helped by a post-event penalty which saw Loeb lose victory in Australia but the Frenchman rebounded to win the final two events and take the title by a point.

With his focus firmly on the WRC after seeing his proposed F1 run with Toro Rosso ended, Loeb will be back to chase a seventh successive title – although Hirvonen will be going all out to stop the Citroen ace.

For now however, he can celebrate not only being the WRC title winner, but also your top driver from the WRC season.

Statistics:

Team: Citroen Total World Rally Team
Car: Citroen C4 WRC

Championship position: 1st
Points: 93

Events: 12
Victories: 7
Podiums: 2
Points finishes: 11

Podiums tally excludes victories


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Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Michel Fabre (FRA) Maxine Vilmot (FRA) Citroen DS3 R3T
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Jourdain Serderidis (GRC) Frderic Miclotte (BEL) Citroen DS3 R5
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Jourdain Serderidis (GRC) Frderic Miclotte (BEL) Citroen DS3 R5
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC

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ForzaCockermouth

December 23, 2009 2:49 PM

@ Willy Rally Yep, I remember those days too. I think sometimes we are just nostalgic though. And remember Loeb did compete against Sainz and McRae (Possibly Makinen?) It does make you wonder though how good he really is now, or how weak the opposition is...

ipg66

December 22, 2009 5:47 PM

Us Brits always (i) support the underdog, & (ii) criticise "success"... but we all need to respect what Seb has & continues to achieve. To remain this committed & motivated when he's already done it "all" in the WRC is hugely impressive. My only observation is the risk that maybe Citroen have built the car/team around him - remember the problems Ralliart faced when Tommi left? Ultimately this is a problem for Citroen & not a criticism of Seb though.



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