Loeb Wins Rally Cyprus

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has extended his lead at the top of the World Rally drivers Championship after winning Rally Cyprus

Loeb Wins Rally Cyprus

Loeb won the first three stages of the day before cruising home on the final three to win by more than four minutes from Austrian privateer Manfred Stohl.

With title rival Petter Solberg retiring on the first leg of the rally, Loeb now has an 11 point lead over Solberg and Peugeots Markko Martin, who finished third.

Martin overhauled Ford's Henning Solberg after SS15. Solberg fought back but Martin set fastest time on SS17 to hold onto the final podium position by less than six seconds.

Ford's Toni Gardemeister took two stage wins on his way to a lonely fifth place with teammate Roman Kresta in sixth. It was Ford's 50th consecutive points finish in the WRC.

Mitsubishi's Harri Rovanpera secured points despite 'retiring' yesterday. Rovanpera's suspension failed on the final stage of Leg Two, causing his left-front wheel to be ripped from the car. However, his car was repaired and with only a five-minute penalty for one missed stage, the Finn only dropped one position and finished seventh.

The other battle of the day was between Peugeot's Daniel Carlsson and Skodas Janne Touhino for eighth. Carlsson won the battle, snatching the place from Touhino on the penultimate stage of the rally.

Result of Rally Cyprus:

Pos Driver Make Time 1. Loeb Citroen 5h02:29.4 2. Stohl Citroen + 4:09.5 3. Martin Peugeot + 4:41.9 4. Solberg Ford + 5:15.7 5. Gardemeister Ford + 7:37.3 6. Kresta Ford + 10:17.4 7. Rovanpera Mitsubishi + 12:18.7 8. Carlsson Peugeot + 16:03.2 9. Tuohino Skoda + 16:46.3 10. Atkinson Subaru + 27:01.5 
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