Mr and Mrs Loeb win French rally

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Monday 30th November, 2009 - 8:30am

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Severine and Sebastien Loeb celebrate winning the Rallye du Var.

Severine and Sebastien Loeb celebrate winning the Rallye du Var.

World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb and his wife Severine have taken outright victory in the French Championship round the Rallye du Var.

Driving a Citroen C4 WRC, the Loebs finished two minutes ahead of former WRC and Formula 1 driver Stephane Sarrazin in an S2000 Peugeot.

“Last year, we finished on the podium on the Rallye du Var in a C2 S1600,” said Loeb. “When [team boss] Olivier Quesnel suggested we repeat the operation this time round with a C4 WRC, we didn’t hesitate a second. We were under absolutely no pressure and our only aim was to entertain the spectators. This event holds a special place in my career, since it was here that I was given my first works drive with the Citroen Xsara kit car in 2000. It’s always nice when you win, and I also prefer giving a celebratory kiss on the podium to Severine rather than [regular co-driver] Daniel [Elena].”

Elena was also competing in the event, switching to the driver’s seat in a in Citroen C2-R2 and finishing 54th. New Renault F1 driver Robert Kubica also contested the rally, finishing 29th in a Renault Clio.

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