Loeb Extends his Lead in Sardinia

World Champion Sebastien Loeb stretched his lead at the Rally of Italy to almost 40 seconds on Saturday, although Championship leader Petter Solberg remains in the hunt after winning the toughest stage of the race

Loeb Extends his Lead in Sardinia

Frenchman Loeb, driving a Citroen, took the first stage of the morning on the island of Sardinia, but Norway's Solberg got the better of him in his Subaru on the rocky and rutted course of the 38 km Tandalo stage.

Solberg, however, chipped only two and a half seconds off the overall lead as the rally reached its halfway point.

Marcus Gronholm, who spun off the road on Friday, was a distant third in the stage.

Mikko Hirvonen, who began the day in third place overall, was forced to stop his Ford Focus in the 30-km seventh stage after ripping the two rear wheels off.

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