Reigning world champion, Sebastien Loeb won the Rally Catalunya-Costa Daurada on Sunday, to take his second Spanish win in succession, although it was a sombre victory following the death of Aaron Burkart's co-driver, Jorg Bastuck on Friday.

Bastuck lost his life after a tragic accident on SS2. Burkart and Bastuck had gone off the road in their Citroen C2 during the first run of the El Montmell stage. While neither were injured in the incident itself, Bastuck was later hit by the Ford Fiesta of Barry Clark and Scott Martin, which left the road at the same place, striking the German as he was changing a wheel on the car. The 36-year-old was airlifted to hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries. As a mark of respect, there were no celebrations at the finish in Salou.

Loeb took the lead towards the end of the opening leg, after early pace setter, Marcus Gronholm lost time with a turbo problem, something that dropped him down the pack. After that the Frenchman was never really troubled and his only minor scare came on SS10 on Saturday, when he hit a rock and damaged the steering on his Xsara.

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In the end Loeb took the victory by nearly 50 seconds, to strengthen his position at the top of the drivers' championship, after going in front following his win in Mexico earlier this month. Indeed his victory wasn't only his second on the trot in Spain - but it was also his second in a row this season and the second ever for Kronos, who also took their first ever 1-2 result, thanks to Daniel Sordo.

Sordo was impressive all weekend and never put a foot wrong in the 'third' Kronos ran Xsara. The young Spaniard was consistently 'there or there abouts' on only his fourth outing in a WRC car and his first on asphalt and deservedly took his first podium finish at the 'senior' level. The fact he took the stage win on SS10 on Saturday, was just the icing on the cake.

Gronholm meanwhile, after going so well early on, and looking likely to win, had to settle for third. The Finn lost around 2-3 minutes following his turbo issues at the end of leg 1, something that dropped him from first to tenth on the leaderboard. However he put in a charge on day two and day three finally getting back into the top three on SS14, when he went in front of Alex Bengue. The Ford driver ended the event with 10 fastest stages time out of a possible 16, while Loeb took five.

Peugeot privateer, Alex Bengue shined in his 307, despite losing out on third, he ended the event around 15 seconds behind Gronholm and nearly a minute up on Jan Kopecky, who was fifth in his Czech Rally Team ran Skoda Fabia WRC.

Francois Duval was next up, also in a Fabia, although his car is looked after by First Motorsport. The Belgian had a good weekend and despite brakes problems, even managed to set a joint quickest stage time on Saturday, when he was equal quickest with Gronholm and Mikko Hirvonen through SS7.

Subaru duo, Petter Solberg and Stephane Sarrazin came in seventh and eighth, after a tough event for the Banbury based squad. Neither driver was especially happy with the handling on the Impreza during leg one and two, although Solberg felt that they did made some progress today.

Sarrazin inherited the final point on the last stage, after Gilles Panizzi had mechanical problems in his Red Bull Skoda. The Frenchman lost around 50 seconds as a result and ended up tenth, 3 seconds behind Mikko Hirvonen, who was ninth.

Hirvonen's event was compromised on day one, when like his Ford team-mate, Marcus Gronholm, he had turbo problems in SS5 and SS6. The Finn lost loads of time dropping from fourth to fourteenth, and although he attempted to make up the lost time, he couldn't break back into the top eight to score any drivers' points. The fact he scored four points for Ford towards the manufacturers', was however some consolation.

Of the rest, Chris Atkinson came in eleventh, on only his sixth tarmac rally in the third works Subaru, while Manfred Stohl was twelfth for OMV Peugeot, followed by the Red Bull Skoda of Andreas Aigner, Stepan Vojtech and Stobart VK duo, Matthew Wilson and Jari-Matti Latvala, who both utilised the SupeRally format to make it to the end.

Latvala went off on day one, after hitting a bridge in SS4, while Wilson lost a left rear wheel on SS14 today and retired from the third leg on the road section back to service. Both were classified thanks to the re-start rule.

In the Junior WRC category, Martin Prokop took the class victory in his privateer C2, to give Citroen more reason for cheer. Prokop finished ahead of Bernd Casier, who finished 42.3 seconds adrift in his Renault Clio S1600 and pre-event favourite Kris Meeke. Meeke dominated the JWRC category this weekend, winning 14 of the 16 tests and would have won easily, if he hadn't ran into the stricken Focus of Latvala on day one in SS4. That incident cost him 5 minutes and he ended up finishing just over 1 minute behind Prokop - the six points for third will be some comfort, but losing the other four could prove crucial in terms of the championship. Time will tell...

There was just one 'works' retirement, namely Xavier Pons who crashed out on Saturday in SS10, while comfortably in third for Kronos Citroen.

The World Rally Championship now moves to Corsica in two weeks time, where everybody will be hoping for an accident free event.