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Loeb wins in Spain, titles for Citroen, Sordo.

Pons was comfortable in fourth, with Ford works driver Roman Kresta the best part of a minute adrift, and the Czech's fifth place on stage - behind both Solberg and team-mate Gardemeister - wasn't going to make a dent in the Spaniard's cushion. Likewise, Solberg and Gardemeister needed more, much more, if they were going to add to their personal tallies, but, such was the retirement list among the manufacturer entries that 13th and 14th overall proved enough for them to collect the final points for their respective teams.

Bernardi, meanwhile, handed Peugeot some welcome points after the disappointment of seeing team leader Gronholm forced out of a podium spot on the final road section of day two, the Frenchman claiming his career best result in sixth.

Another Ford privateer, Warmbold claimed two points for seventh, while Skoda's Kopecky achieved his aim of a points finish after holding off Subaru's Atkinson over the final three stages.

Having reclaimed the JWRC lead midway through day two, Sordo only had to keep his nose clean to ensure himself of the title, with main rival Guy Wilks having crashed out early on Saturday. The Spaniard duly did what was required, coming home a massive five minutes ahead of second in class Kosti Katajamaki, with mid-rally leader Mirco Baldacci claiming the final podium spot. It was Citroen team-mate Meeke who won the stage, taking seventh overall to ensure himself a share of third in points with Urmo Aava.


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