Sebastien Loeb has picked up his first win on home soil after completing a dominant victory on Rallye de France – Tour de Corse, winning each of the twelves stages.
Loeb stated his intentions before the event with his second WRC title having been secured on the preview event in Japan and more than lived up to the pre-event hype as he led from the opening stage and was never troubled as he came home with a lead of nearly two minutes over Toni Gardemeister who celebrated the 100th WRC event for the Ford Focus in fine style with a strong second place finish.
The result was the Finns third podium finish of the season and allowed him to move ahead of Markko Martin in the championship standings, while Petter Solberg
took the final podium place in third. Solberg had looked set for a final day battle with Francois Duval as the Citroen
man attempted to fight back onto the podium following his brake problems on leg two. However the opening stage of the day saw Duval roll his Xsara WRC and although the Belgian driver made it to the end of the stage, he was forced to retire before SS10 as a result of the damage sustained.
Stephane Sarrazin equalled his best result in the WRC to finish fourth, while Alex Bengue picked up his best finish for the Skoda team with a competitive fifth place finish – his Fabia WRC inside the top ten stage times on numerous occasions throughout the three days. Xavier Pons finished seventh in his privateer Citroen, while Nicolas Bernardi continued his improvement over the course of the weekend to take the final points scoring position from the grasp of Gigi Galli.
Galli had to settle for ninth, with Mitsubishi team leader Harri Rovanpera rounding out the top ten. In the Junior World Rally Championship, Mirco Baldacci took victory in his Fiat Punto, with Daniel Sordo
second despite being forced to restart leg three under SupeRally regulations after an electrical problem on the final stage of Saturday's second leg.