Sebastien Loeb has hailed his start to the 2015 World Touring Car Championship season as 'terrific', after the French driver finished 3rd and 1st in the two opening races in Argentina.

The Citroen Racing driver made the most of opportunities handed to him at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, grabbing his third career WTCC victory after starting P8 on the reversed grid in race two.

The nine-time World Rally champion carved his way to the front in a manic first lap then was able to pass team-mate Ma Qing Hua for the lead after he made a mistake.

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Loeb then held off the attack from race one winner Jose Maria Lopez to grab victory, which secured second place in the drivers' standing after the first round, five points behind Lopez.

Earlier in the day Loeb claimed third place in race run to complete a Citroen Racing 1-2-3, with Lopez claiming victory and Yvan Muller in second.

"It's terrific to start the season like this," Loeb said. "There isn't much to say about the first race. I was happy just to keep my position.

"In race 2, I was looking for a win, and I got off to a good start from 8th position. Then some overtaking opportunities opened up on the first bend. By the end of the first lap, there weren't many cars left in front of me. I attacked and was able to slip past Ma Qing Hua when he made a mistake. After the safety car, Pechito was hot on my heels. I had to push hard again to stop him getting into my slipstream."

The WTCC season now moves on to Marrakesh, Morocco for the second round of the season.