2 - Sebastien Loeb
Sebastien Loeb delivered yet again this season and took the title for a record seventh time in succession, a truly remarkable feat.
The Frenchman headed the standings from the second round - and never looked back.
Indeed after winning in Mexico he went on to notch up seven more victories and he clinched the crown with a dream like win on the Rallye de France, with the final stage based in the town where he grew up.
Once again Seb was the class of the field and apart from Japan, where he was off the pace and only fifth at the finish – 50 seconds behind the eventual winner, Sebastien Ogier, he was on the podium on every single round.
What was his highlight?
“For me it was France, two rallies ago. It was an incredible feeling for me and nearly the best moment of my career,” Loeb revealed after Rally GB.
“I can compare it to my first title in 2002 in Corsica. In France there were so many fans, all my friends and family were there and to have that result in my home town was really great. Maybe it's my best memory of this car.”
Such has been his domination of the sport though, that anything less than the title again this year would have been pretty unsatisfactory.
Furthermore while it is difficult to find fault with his performances, in our view one man did better and was more worthy of being our number one (see separate story)...
Statistics - Sebastien Loeb:
Citroen Total World Rally Team
Citroen C4 WRC
13 (out of 13)
4 (excludes victories)
1st (Mexico, Jordan, Turkey, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Spain and Britain)
Crash.net's Top 10 World Rally drivers' of 2010:
2. Sebastien Loeb
3. Sebastien Ogier
4. Jari-Matti Latvala
5. Dani Sordo
6. Mikko Hirvonen
7. Juho Hanninen (Wild Card)
8. Kimi Raikkonen
9. Armindo Araujo (Wild Card)
10. Xavier Pons (Wild Card)
Honourable mention: Aaron Burkart (for winning the J-WRC – just!)
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