As expected, the factory Citroen pairing of Sebastien Loeb and Ogier dominated the shakedown for this weekend's Rallye de France, posting the fastest times through the test based around Strasbourg's Zenith entertainment complex.

Loeb, running on home soil in the Alsace region, completed his mandatory runs with a time of 1min 47.1secs, putting the world championship leader a couple of tenths clear of team-mate Ogier, with former Citroen man Dani Sordo again underlining Mini's tarmac potential in third spot, with a time identical to the tenth to the younger Frenchman.

The best of the Fords was Jari-Matti Latvala in fourth place, the Finn lapping the 2.2km asphalt stretch a full half-second and more slower than Ogier and Sordo, while Petter Solberg rounded out the top five in his privateer Citroen, but failed to break into the 1min 47s. The Norwegian finished the session marginally ahead of Kris Meeke's Mini, with brother Henning seventh overall, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Matt Wilson and Mikko Hirvonen.

The first competitive stage of this year's Rallye de France Alsace gets underway at 0748hrs local time on Friday [30 September], but the event continues with a ceremonial start in the city of Strasbourg on Thursday evening.

Shakedown times (unofficial):

Sebastien Loeb Citro?n 1min 47.1sSebastien Ogier Citro?n 1m 47.3sDani Sordo Mini 1m 47.3sJari-Matti Latvala Ford 1m 47.9sPetter Solberg Citro?n 1m 48.1sKris Meeke Mini 1m 48.2sHenning Solberg Ford 1m 48.3sKimi R?ikk?nen Citro?n 1m 48.5sMatt Wilson Ford 1m 48.6sMikko Hirvonen Ford 1m 48.9s

times courtesy www.pettersolberg.com