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Top 10 World Rally drivers of 2010: Second

Sebastien Loeb takes second place in Crash.net's 2010 top ten World Rally drivers - here we explain why we haven't given him our number one...
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:

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

Championship position: 1st
Points: 276

Events: 13 (out of 13)
Victories: 8
Podiums: 4 (excludes victories)
Stages wins: 96
Best result: 1st (Mexico, Jordan, Turkey, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Spain and Britain)
Points finishes: 13


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!)

What do you think of Crash.net's Top 10 World Rally drivers' for 2010? Why not post a comment now and give us your thoughts.

Also look out for our poll coming soon where you can vote on who you think was the best in 2010...


Related Pictures

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

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Nanbawan - Unregistered

November 26, 2010 2:33 PM

He did not cruise. Like he said in an interview, he realised that he would have had to take huge risks with no guarantee of coming back in a position to win that rally. He then played it safe. That's how championships are won.

Just Observing - Unregistered

November 28, 2010 9:17 AM

I think Loeb is a great driver and his ability in a rally car is quite amazing.. BUT... its a shame he has been so dominant in an era when world rallying has been at one of its weakest periods in regards to driver talent and factory support



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