Sebastien Loeb won yesterday the Rally Finland.
Sebastien Loeb knows a lot about winning World Rally Championship events–he’s done it 66 times–but the Frenchman’s latest victory on Rally Finland was a special one.
Loeb was so comfortable in his Citroen DS3 WRC that he was able to carry the fight to the locals and beat them at their own game with a consummate performance over central Finland’s super-quick stages.
The Frenchman drove his Citroen the 314.4 kilometers of 22 special stages in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 37 seconds to beat Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland in his Ford by 8.1 seconds. Sebastien Ogier of France, in a Citroen, was 12.8 behind in third.
Loeb kept hold of the lead throughout the afternoon repeats and the final power stage. Latvala moved into second place after Ogier suffered a puncture on SS17 which wiped out almost all of his margin over the Ford driver.
Top ten results after SS22:
|1.||1||Sebastien Loeb||Citroen Total||Citroen DS3 WRC||2:39:37.0|
|2.||4||Jari-Matti Latvala||Ford Abu Dhabi||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+8.1|
|3.||2||Sebastien Ogier||Citroen Total||Citroen DS3 WRC||+12.8|
|4.||3||Mikko Hirvonen||Ford Abu Dhabi||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+1:09.1|
|5.||11||Petter Solberg||PSWRT||Citroen DS3 WRC||+1:16.2|
|6.||6||Mads Ostberg||M-Sport Stobart||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+1:27.8|
|7.||15||Henning Solberg||M-Sport Stobart||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+3:25.5|
|8.||5||Matthew Wilson||M-Sport Stobart||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+3:53.2|
|9.||8||Kimi Raikkonen||Ice 1||Citroen DS3 WRC||+3:59.8|
|10.||25||Juho Hanninen||Red Bull Skoda||Skoda Fabia S2000||+5:13.7|
Drivers’ standings after 8 of 13 rounds:
1. Sebastien Loeb, 171 points
2. Mikko Hirvonen, 144
3. Sebastien Ogier, 140
4. Jari-Matti Latvala, 94
5. Petter Solberg, 83
6. Mads Ostberg, 56