Sebastien Loeb retires from Rally of France image

The seven times world champion Sebastien Loeb has retired from the Rally of France during stage three and could lose in general to Mikko Hirvonen.

After the Frenchman was seeking glory in his birth-town he had to retire from the Rally during stage three because of some technical problems to the engine and clutch of his Citroen, losing any chance to celebrate a victory in front of his own fans.

Sebastien Loeb’s lead over to Mikko Hirvonen has been reduced to 15 points after the Frenchman has crashed in Australia, making today’s problem a major one. Loeb has retired on the special Pays d’Ormont, during a 36 km drive.

At the end of stage three, Sebastien Ogier is the leader, with only 6.5 seconds ahead of Petter Solberg. If Ogier will win the rally he will be only four points behind Loeb in general, but the seven time world champion has to be more afraid of Hirvonen.

The Rally of France can be watched live on the official site of the competition, where North Sport One, the WRC promoter, has announced that fans will be able to see the whole 14 stages on Friday and Saturday.