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Loeb pulls away in Germany

Sebastien Loeb, Citroen, Germany 2010Sebastien Loeb has pulled clear of the field in Germany after a mighty performance on the epic Arena Panzerplatte stage.

The world champion had been trading stage wins with his Citroen team-mate Dani Sordo early this morning, with the gap between them oscillating between seven and 12 seconds.

But on the 48-kilometre Panzerplatte stage around Baumholder's military ranges, Loeb beat Sordo by 12.2s and second-fastest Petter Solberg by 8.2s, bringing his overall lead up to 23s.

Citroen now holds a one-two-three, with Junior team driver Sebastien Ogier up to third. Jari-Matti Latvala had held the place for Ford, and felt he was driving better than ever on asphalt, until a spin on Panzerplatte dropped him 9s behind Ogier. Mikko Hirvonen remains fifth in the second works Ford.

Petter Solberg has resumed his recovery charge and is now up to seventh. He moved ahead of Matthew Wilson and Kimi Raikkonen this morning, but next target Francois Duval is a minute ahead in sixth.

Pos  Driver              Car        Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Loeb      Citroen  2h12m08.5s
 2.  Dani Sordo          Citroen     + 23.0s
 3.  Sebastien Ogier     Citroen   + 1m57.9s
 4.  Jari-Matti Latvala  Ford      + 2m06.8s
 5.  Mikko Hirvonen      Ford      + 2m20.1s
 6.  Francois Duval      Ford      + 4m10.1s
 7.  Petter Solberg      Citroen   + 5m17.7s
 8.  Matthew Wilson      Ford      + 5m41.5s
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen      Citroen   + 5m45.2s
10.  Ken Block           Ford      + 9m20.7s
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