Loeb marches on

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb further extended his advantage on the second-run through Panzerplatte and he will now go into the final leg with a 35.7 second cushion.
Citroen number one driver Sebastien Loeb will go into the final day of Rallye Deutschland with a more than comfortable 35.7 second lead.

Loeb, who has led from the off and who began the day with a 9.5 second cushion, edged ahead this morning in SS7, SS8 and SS9, before doubling his cushion in SS10, the first run through the challenging 48 kilometre Panzerplatte test.

It was a similar story this afternoon on the repeat loop, with Seb maintaining his advantage in SS11, SS12 and SS13, before again pushing in Panzerplatte and gaining another 12 or so seconds.

He now looks odds-on to take his eighth win on this event and maintain a run which stretches right back to 2002, when Rallye Deutschland first joined the World Rally Championship. Germany did not hold a round of the WRC last year.

"It has been a great day," Loeb said. "Dani was pushing us a little bit this morning. But since then we were able to make a difference. This afternoon we didn't take any big risks. We had good speed. It has been perfect.

"Tomorrow I will try to keep my position. I don't have to take any chances. I just have to keep the car on the road and that is what I will try to do."

Dani Sordo meanwhile is on course for the runners-up spot, but while he could stay with Loeb in the Saarland woodland tests, he was no match for the Frenchman on the daunting Baumholder military land, where huge concrete blocks - hinkelsteins - line the edge of the roads.

"The gap between me and Seb is too big for me to push now," Sordo conceded. "I want to remain in second place. It was not a bad day. We started really, really good this morning.

"But after the [first run through] the Panzerplatte test, the long stage of the rally, Sebastien was 12.2 seconds faster. That is quite a big gap and after we drove more to consolidate P2 because a 23 second difference [in total] was too much. Overall I'm pleased. We have fought a little bit with Sebastien here. I tried to beat him and I was close yesterday and this morning."

Sebastien Ogier is next up and on course for the final spot on the podium on his first outing here in a WRC car.

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Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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Jasemat - Unregistered

August 22, 2010 1:13 AM

Gotta defend Duval a bit i think, yeah so he binned it?. Of course it was gonna happen at some stage after i believe 2 years out of the WRC but he was ahead of 5 of the usual suspects at the end of stage 13 and they've done a whole lot more rallies on a regular basis of late. Alright maybe he's not Driver Championship material but given a full time drive i reckon he'd finish more on the wheels than the roof & would also rate him above all of the Stobart Team's Drivers.

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