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SEBASTIEN LOEB CLAIMED THE OVERALL VICTORY IN FRANCE – HIS 75TH IN THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP – to secure in his ninth WRC drivers’ title with Citroen becoming WRC manufacturers’ champion for an eighth time.

With Loeb embarking on a partial WRC campaign with Citroen in 2013, the statistics below demonstrate the French legend’s impact on the sport and the success he and co-driver Daniel Elena have achieved since they first emerged on the world stage back in 2001 by winning the forerunner to the Junior World Rally Championship.

Loeb’s WRC career in numbers:

9: World titles shared with co-driver Daniel Elena

75: Number of WRC event wins

2: Rallies remaining before he calls time on full-time WRC career

162: Number of WRC starts to date

1999: Year of Loeb’s WRC debut in Catalunya

4: Rounds missed after breaking shoulder in 2006 – he still claimed title

874: Fastest stage times set

1525: WRC points scored

100: Percentage of stages won on Tour de Corse in 2005

23: Different world championship rallies won

6: Record held by Loeb for most WRC event wins in a row, achieved twice

2002: Year of Loeb’s first WRC victory – Rallye Deutschland

9: Number of occasions Loeb has won Germany’s WRC qualifier

11: Victories scored during the 2008 season

3: Types of Citroen World Rally Cars he has driven to victory

8: Different team-mates during WRC career

4: Team bosses worked under

1: Amount of co-drivers employed during WRC career

5: Rallies won at the start of the 2009 season in succession

13: Rounds tackled in 2010, number of times points scored

 

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SEBASTIEN LOEB HAS RESPONDED TO JARI-MATTI LATVALA’S THREAT BY WINNING STAGE FIVE OF RALLYE DE FRANCE ALSACE.

The French driver was 6.3s quicker than Latvala – the winner of the previous stage – on the repeat of the Hohlandsbourg-Firstplan test to pull 13.8s clear in the chase for glory on round 11 of the FIA World Rally Championship.

“The road was okay, more dry than in the morning,” said Citroen ace Loeb, who is running on hard-compound Michelin tyres like the bulk of his rivals. “There was a bit more mud on the road in some places but we had good information from the gravel crew so we know where it is. Jari-Matti is going very fast so we have to push.”

Ford pilot Latvala said he lost time going off the road and running through a ditch: “We went wide on a left-hander where there was gravel on the road. I tried to get the line and stay away from the cuts but I went out into a ditch for quite a while.”

Petter Solberg said he was more confident behind the wheel of his Fiesta. He completed the stage 3.4s slower than Loeb. Mikko Hirvonen was 3.9s slower than Loeb and frustrated after reporting several corner marking posts had moved following the pre-event reconnaissance. Mads Ostberg, meanwhile, said the set-up of his Fiesta was too low to the ground, which resulted in a loss of time.

Thierry Neuville has dropped from fourth to sixth following a spin in his Citroen. Solberg climbs from sixth to fourth while Dani Sordo continues to hold fifth overall in his MINI, despite saying he wasn’t happy with the handling of his car.

 

 

 

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Sebastien Loeb got off to a strong start in his bid for a record ninth world title by winning the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally on Sunday.

The eight-time world champion completed the 18-stage race in 4 hours, 32 minutes, 39.9 seconds. Daniel Sordo of Spain took second place, 28.6 seconds ahead of Petter Solberg of Norway.

Loeb went into the final day with a lead of 2 minutes, 41.6 seconds over Sordo and looked to secure the maximum number of points by winning the last stage.

The Citroen driver finished the power stage 1.2 seconds ahead of teammate Mikko Hirvonen of Finland to earn three bonus points and lead Mini driver Sordo by ten points in the standings.

“It’s always a great moment to start the season like this, especially in front of so many fans,” Loeb said. “Full points in the first race is incredible and for sure it’s the perfect start to my title defense. Monte-Carlo is my rally and for the others we will have to see.”

Loeb won the Monte Carlo Rally for the sixth time to clinch his 68th career victory.

The drivers next compete at the Swedish Rally in Karlstad from February 9-12.

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Seabastien Loeb Takes his seventh WRC championship.

“For sure it is an incredible feeling, and especially to win,” said Loeb. “When I arrived here, I knew that there was a possibility to win the rally, to win the championship, and all that in my home town.

So it was a great challenge, and also a big pressure, because I knew that everybody was waiting for this here, in the region. There was a lot of support from a lot of people. The feeling was really great. It was incredible.

I was expecting this rally to be popular, but I was very surprised to see so many people for the rally, I could not expect that there would be so many people, everywhere: on stages, on the road sections, waving in front of their house, in the service park, everywhere. And all that in a very nice atmosphere. I was really happy to see this.

It has been a perfect event, like in Corsica in 2004, when we won both championships at the same time. Here, it is even more special because it is really at home for me.”

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Sebastien Loeb six world championships

Sebastien Loeb wins the Rally of Great Britain taking his sixth World Rally Title.

Loeb started the year by winning Rally Ireland for the second time since 2007. He then won his first Rally NorwayMikko Hirvonen, lasting throughout the very final stage. Being first on the road through all three days, Loeb kept his lead, in the end winning with 9.8 seconds over Hirvonen. Loeb continued his good form by winning over Hirvonen in Cyprus, marking his career 50th victory, and in Portugal. His victory in Argentina, the fifth in a row in this country, was also his fifth victory in a row since the start of the season. ever, after a fierce battle with

At the Rally d’Italia Sardegna, Loeb had a puncture after going off the road and dropped from third to fourth. Although he passed Petter Solberg for the final podium spot, he still finished fourth due to a time penalty for a safety rule violation; co-driver Daniel Elena had unfastened his safety belts before the crew stopped the car for a tire change. At the Acropolis Rally, Loeb crashed out from third place. On Rally Poland’s return to the WRC, Loeb had another crash but he continued in the event under superally rules. After team orders issued for the Citroën Junior Team drivers and a late mistake by Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala, Loeb found himself seventh but had lost the championship lead to Hirvonen by one point.

By winning the Rally Catalunya, Loeb reduced the deficit to Hirvonen in the title race before the final event of the year; once again trailing by a single point. The Frenchman gained the championship by winning the final event of the year, the Rally GB. Victory was secured partly due to an incredible performance over SS8 and SS9, where in the course of only two stages Loeb extended his lead in the rally over Hirvonen from 2.4s to 25s.

Pos  Driver              Car           Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Loeb      Citroen     3h16m25.4s
 2.  Mikko Hirvonen      Ford         + 1m06.1s
 3.  Dani Sordo          Citroen      + 1m07.1s
 4.  Petter Solberg      Citroen      + 1m28.1s
 5.  Henning Solberg     Ford         + 6m28.0s
 6.  Matthew Wilson      Ford         + 7m46.0s
 7.  Jari-Matti Latvala  Ford        + 12m11.9s
 8.  Conrad Rautenbach   Citroen     + 14m27.8s
 9.  Eyvind Brynildsen   Skoda       + 22m22.7s
10.  Armindo Araujo      Mitsubishi  + 24m18.8s

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Sebastien Loeb has lost his Rally Australia victory do technical infringements.

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Luca Badoer has claimed that negative press coverage lost him his race seat.

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Rossi in front of his home Italian crowd dominates the San Marino Grand Prix.

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Rally Australia  results:

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Mikko Hirvonen Ford 2h53m06.5s
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen + 47.5s
3. Dani Sordo Citroen + 1m04.6s
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford + 1m52.0s
5. Sebastien Ogier Citroen + 2m23.3s
6. Matthew Wilson Ford + 5m26.3s
7. Henning Solberg Ford + 7m17.8s
8. Federico Villagra Ford + 7m39.4s
9. Hayden Paddon Mitsubishi + 15m36.1s
10. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi + 15m44.7s

San Marino Grand Prix at Misano results:

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 44m32.882s
2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha + 2.416s
3. Dani Pedrosa Honda + 12.400s
4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda + 26.330s
5. Loris Capirossi Suzuki + 26.539s
6. Toni Elias Gresini Honda + 28.286s
7. Mika Kallio Ducati + 30.184s
8. Marco Melandri Hayate Kawasaki + 31.757s
9. Chris Vermeulen Suzuki + 31.909s
10. James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha + 38.347s
11. Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati + 46.673s
12. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda + 52.041s
13. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Ducati +1m03.198s
14. Gabor Talmacsi Scot Honda +1m22.347s