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Rally Car of the Year: Citroen C4

The Citroen C4 WRC has been named as the Rally Car of the Year at the AUTOSPORT Awards

Rally Car of the Year: Citroen C4

The French car, which took Sebastien Loeb to the World Rally Championship, beat off competition from the Skoda Fabia S2000 and the Volkswagen Race Touareg plus others to win the award for a third consecutive year.

1984 world rally champion Stig Blomqvist was unable to present the award to Citroen team manager Sven Smeets as the whole Citroen team was stranded in Paris.

The year began with a shock result as it was not a C4, but Mikko Hirvonen's Ford Focus that took victory on the Swedish Rally, but Loeb soon established his superiority by winning the next three rallies in Mexico, Jordan and Turkey.

Loeb went on to win eight rallies during the season while the emergence of his French compatriot Sebastien Ogier - initially in the Citroen Junior Team - brought the C4's total number of wins in 2010 to 10.

Four of the top five finishers in this year's championship were behind the wheel of Citroens with Loeb taking his seventh consecutive crown by over 100 points.

Petter Solberg, Ogier and Dani Sordo finished third, fourth and fifth while the car locked out the podium on seven of the 13 rounds.

Loeb gave the C4, which will be replaced by the new DS3 model next year, a fitting send-off with victory on the final event of the year in Britain.

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