Sebastien Loeb extends his lead to 12 points in the battle for the 2008 drivers' following his victory on the Rally Catalunya today.

Mikko Hirvonen remains second, although he slips four points further behind, while Dani Sordo further consolidates third in the rankings.

In the Manufacturers' Championship, the Citroen Total WRT claims the maximum 18-points to strengthen its lead over BP Ford Abu Dhabi - the gap up from 20 points to 27 points.

Sebastien Ogier's failure to score meanwhile after crashing out and throwing away a comfortable lead means the fight for the J-WRC crown will go to the wire, with Aaron Burkart and Shaun Gallagher both now only 4 points behind. Only Burkart can deprive the Frenchman of the title though, as Gallagher has taken in all of his six nominated events.

World Rally Drivers' Championship (after 12 of 15 rounds):

1. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT C4 WRC 96 points
2. Mikko HirvonenBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 84 points
3. Daniel SordoCitroen Total WRT C4 WRC59 points
4. Chris AtkinsonSubaru WRT Impreza WRC42 points
5. Jari-Matti LatvalaBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 37 points
6. Petter SolbergSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 36 points
7. Henning SolbergStobart/Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 22 points
8. Gigi GalliStobart VK M-Sport Ford Focus WRC 17 points
9. Francois DuvalStobart VK M-Sport Ford Focus WRC 16 points
10. Matthew WilsonStobart VK M-Sport Ford Focus WRC 12 points
11. Urmo AavaPH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC11 points
12. Federico VillagraMunchi's Ford Focus WRC 9 points
13. Conrad RautenbachPH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC6 points
14. Toni GardemeisterSuzuki WRT SX4 WRC5 points
= Andreas MikkelsenRamsport Ford Focus WRC 5 points
16. P-G AnderssonSuzuki WRT SX4 WRC4 points
17. Jean-Marie CuoqPeugeot 307 WRC2 points
18. Matti RantanenFord Focus RS WRC 062 points
= Juho HanninenMitsubishi Lancer Evo IV1 point
= Sebastien OgierCitroen C2 S16001 point
= Andreas AignerMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX1 point

World Rally Manufacturers' Championship (after 12 of 15 rounds):

1. Citroen Total WRT159 points
2. BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT 132 points
3. Subaru WRT80 points
4. Stobart VK M-Sport Ford RT 55 points
5. Munchi's Ford WRT 22 points
6. Suzuki WRT20 points

Junior Rally Championship (for drivers) (after 6 of 7 rounds):

1. Sebastien OgierCitroen C2 S160034 points
2. Aaron BurkartCitroen C2 S160030 points
= Shaun GallagherCitroen C2 S160030 points
4. Michal KosciuszkoSuzuki Swift S160022 points
= Martin ProkopCitroen C2 S160022 points
= Alessandro BettegaRenault Clio R322 points
7. Patrik SandellRenault Clio S160018 points
8. Jaan MolderSuzuki Swift S160011 points
9. Stefano AlbertiniRenault Clio9 points
10. Gilles SchammelRenault Clio R38 points
= Simone BertolottiRenault Clio Sport8 points
12. Kevin AbbringRenault Clio R36 points
= Florian NiegelSuzuki Swift S16006 points
14. Andrea CortinovisRenault Clio4 points
15. Hans Weijs JrCitroen C2-R2 Max2 points
16. Francesco FanariCitroen C2 R21 point
= Milos KomljenovicRenault Clio R31 point

Production Car World Rally Championship (for drivers) (after 6 of 8 rounds):

1. Andreas AignerMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX30 points
2. Juho HanninenMitsubishi Lancer Evo IV26 points
3. Jari KetomaaSubaru Impreza N1423 points
4. Patrik SandellPeugeot 20722 points
5. Martin ProkopMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX17 points
6. Martin RauamMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX15 points
7. Fumio NutaharaMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX14 points
8. Armindo AraujoMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX12 points
9. Bernardo SousaMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX12 points
10. Sebastian BeltranMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX8 points
= Jussi V?lim?ki Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 8 points
12. Mirco BaldacciMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX6 points
= Evgeniy VertunovSubaru Impreza WRX STi6 points
= Evgeny AksakovMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX6 points
15. Oscar SvedlundSubaru Impreza WRX Sti5 points
16. Haydon PaddonMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX5 points
17. Uwe NittelMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX4 points
18. Toshi AraiSubaru Impreza3 points
= Amjad FarrahMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX3 points
= Simone CampedelliMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX3 points
= Jussi Tiippana Subaru Impreza WRX Sti 3 points
23. Loris BaldacciMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX1 point
= Giorgio BaccoSubaru Impreza1 point

Note: The Rally Catalunya did not count as part of the Production Car World Rally Championship.



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