Loeb Wins Rally Deutschland

Sebastien Loeb coasted home to his eighth WRC victory of the season in the Rally Deutschland

Loeb Wins Rally Deutschland

Loeb eased off in much of the final leg of the rally, but had more than enough time over his competitors to take the victory. He did however win the final stage of the event, SS19.

Francois Duval came home 37.4 seconds behind Loeb in second to ensure Citroen secured their first 1-2 finish of the season, and Duval's first podium finish since joining the team from Ford at the start of the season. Citroen have now overtaken their French rival Peugeot in the manufacturers standings.

The Peugeot pairing of Marcus Gronholm and Markko Martin finished a distant third and fourth, having occupied the positions since SS8.

After Toni Gardemeister's demise in Leg Two, Markko Martin is now the only driver in the WRC to have scored points at every round this season.

Mitsubishi's Gigi Galli overhauled fifth from Ford's Roman Kresta in SS17 with his first stage victory since the Rally of Turkey. He won the stage and was 5.4 seconds quicker than the Czech driver to take the position and extended his margin in the final two stages.

Stephane Sarrazin had to give up seventh place to his teammate Petter Solberg after mechanical problems. The Frenchman had been superb since spectators had to push him back on course in Leg One losing him two minutes. However, exiting a hairpin in SS17 his front right driveshaft on his Impreza broke, meaning he was restricted to three wheel drive.

His Subaru teammate Solberg took the position when he recorded his first stage victory of the rally in SS18.

Top 20 results:

Pos Driver Make Time 1. Loeb Citroen 3h 03:12.6 2. Duval Citroen + 37.4 3. Gronholm Peugeot + 2:04.8 4. Martin Peugeot + 4:09.4 5. Galli Mitsubishi + 5:03.6 6. Kresta Ford + 5:12.3 7. Solberg Subaru + 7:48.1 8. Sarrazin Subaru + 8:34.1 9. Pons Citroen + 9:09.2 10. Rovanpera Mitsubishi + 9:11.6 11. Atkinson Subaru + 10:33.0 12. Sola Ford  + 16:43.1 13. Sordo Citroen + 19:46.1 14. Meeke Citroen + 21:11.0 15. Wilks Suzuki + 23:40.7 16. Andersson Suzuki + 24:30.9 17. Gardemeister Ford + 25:37.0 18. Gassner Mitsubishi + 25:53.7 19. Katajamaki Suzuki + 25:54.5 20. Betti Renault + 30:07.1 
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