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Loeb forced to stop and change puncture

More drama on the final day in Greece as rally leader Sebastien Loeb has to stop and change a puncture in SS20...

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has had to stop on the repeat run through Aghii to change a puncture, although he still remains in the lead of the Acropolis Rally of Greece.

Following Petter Solberg's retirement in the opening test today, Loeb was handed a commanding lead and going into the final three stages he was just over 2 minutes up on his Citroen team-mate, Mikko Hirvonen. That cushion proved crucial too as it meant he could stop in SS20 and change the tyre without losing the rally lead.

“I had a puncture, I don't know where,” Loeb told the official WRC site. “It was on the rear left after three kilometres and I said to Daniel [Elena – my co-driver] 'puncture' so we decided to change immediately the wheel because it would be impossible to finish without breaking anything. After we pushed.

“I knew I had a good lead and could do it safely without taking a big risk so that's what we have done.”

Loeb now leads by 40 seconds, with two stages to go, including the event ending 3.97 km Power Stage...



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Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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