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Loeb leads Cardiff superspecial

Sebastien Loeb, Citroen, GB 2010Sebastien Loeb took the early Rally GB lead by winning the Thursday evening superspecial in Cardiff Bay.

Amid rain and very strong winds, the world champion set a time of 1m16.1s to beat his Citroen team-mate Sebastien Ogier by 0.7 seconds.

It was an all-Citroen top four, with the Junior team car of Dani Sordo third and the Solberg C4 of Petter Solberg next up ahead of top Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala.

Kimi Raikkonen also made an encouraging start in the second Citroen Junior C4. The Finn was sixth, just ahead of works Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen.

The rally commences in earnest in the Welsh forests tomorrow morning, commencing with the Hafren stage at 9.38am local time.

Pos  Driver              Car      Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Loeb      Citroen   1m16.1s
 2.  Sebastien Ogier     Citroen    + 0.7s
 3.  Dani Sordo          Citroen    + 1.2s
 4.  Petter Solberg      Citroen    + 1.6s
 5.  Jari-Matti Latvala  Ford       + 1.8s
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen      Citroen    + 3.3s
 7.  Mikko Hirvonen      Ford       + 3.4s
 8.  Matthew Wilson      Ford       + 4.0s
 9.  Ken Block           Ford       + 4.3s
10.  Andreas Mikkelsen   Skoda      + 5.5s
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