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Loeb beats Schumacher record

Sebastien Loeb beats Michael Schumacher's mark of seven FIA World titles with success in 2011
Sebastien Loeb's success in wrapping up the World Rally Championship title for an eighth successive season in Wales has seen the Frenchman move ahead of Michael Schumacher in the list of FIA World Championship title winners.

The Citroen ace secured the title when his only rival Mikko Hirvonen was forced to retire in the Welsh forests, meaning Loeb was champion once again even though he too was then forced out of the event after a road collision on the final day.

Heading into the season finale, Loeb had been level with F1 legend Schumacher on seven titles, but he now stands alone as the most successful driver in history when it comes to FIA World titles.

“For sure I'm proud to become the most successful driver in motorsport and feel very happy,” Loeb said. “We were equal until this week with Michael Schumacher who had seven – now we have eight. I don't really want to compare different branches of the sport but it's very special. I never thought I'd achieve this when I started my career.

“I started rallying for passion and I feel the same sensation when I'm in the car. I still enjoy rallies – that's my main motivation. It will not change my life if it's seven titles, eight titles or nine. I enjoy the moment and like what I do.

“We have won eight titles in a row and I can only have the goal to win another title next year. There is no precise plan for the day I stop driving – at the moment the next goal is the next title. If I can make it 10 titles I hope I can but I don't know. I take everything year after year. For now my goal is next year; after that I will see.”

While Loeb is now top of the list of FIA World Champions, he isn't the only WRC driver to feature highly – with Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Makinen having both won the crown on four occasions.



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Aye - Unregistered

November 15, 2011 12:33 PM

Yeah big congratulations to Loeb. A lot of people are saying that he's killing the sport and making it boring. How, exactly? Every rally fan will look back on these times and be glad that they were there to witness such a class act. Look at his drive in Sardinia this year. Sweeping the road on all three days and he still managed to win. Or New Zealand last. He crashed into that bridge but was still able to get up into third. Or Raly Ireland in 2009 where he had the same terrible conditions as everyone else yet he still managed to beat Sordo by 1:27. Loeb deserves every single one of his eight titles.

sc813 - Unregistered

November 15, 2011 5:36 PM

Not just the finest rally driver of modern times but one of the most naturally talented drivers we have ever seen. Stunning at Le Mans in the most powerful LMP cars, and good enough in an F1 car for Red Bull to ask him to stay on for an entire test session - in which he was 8th quickest! It's not just sheer speed, he has wonderful balance and sensitivity in a car which partly explains how he finds grip where others can't. In many ways both in and out of a car he reminds me of the late legendary Jimmy Clark (who could also drive anything) - and there is no higher praise to bestow than that.



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