Rallying legend Sebastien Loeb added further evidence to his status as one of the motorsport's finest performers as he became a World Touring Car Championship race winner on his first weekend in the series.

A nine-time World Rally Champion, though Loeb has dabbled in short circuit racing in recent years with stints in Le Mans, sportscars and Porsche Supercup, his performance around the demanding streets of Marrakech would prove an eye-opener for those who expected him to take time adapting to the front-wheel drive tin-top cars.

Indeed, though Loeb was certainly aided by the evident advantage displayed by the Citroen Racing team, which marked its WTCC debut with a truly dominant performance throughout the weekend, he was still on pace with accomplished team-mates Yvan Muller and Jose Maria Lopez.

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Finishing second in race one, Loeb was the big beneficiary from a big start-line crash in race two as he jumped from ninth to third position. From here, he simply used the strength of his C-Elysee to get into the lead and pull away for a superb victory, much to his delight.

"I didn't know what to expect today, but Citro?n have developed a fantastic car," he said. "The balance of the chassis, the engine... everything was perfect. We could have battled it out between us, but it was impossible to find a way past Pechito in the first race.

"He didn't make any mistakes and I decided to settle for second when the brakes started to heat up. In race 2, I was lucky at the start too. After that, we were faster than the competition and we were able to move out in front."