Sebastien Loeb has won for the ninth time in the 10 year history of Rallye Deutschland.
Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Loeb won the opening stage on Friday morning to take a lead he would never relinquish following a dominant display in changeable weather conditions. The result was his seventh victory of 2012 – his fifth in succession – and hands him a 54-point title lead heading to Wales Rally GB next month.
“It was a hard rally, the conditions were extremely difficult, which meant I had some very difficult tyre choices to make,” said Loeb.
“We had a good drive, a perfect car and I made no mistake. Winning the Power Stage also meant this was a perfect weekend. I also had a lot of support from the fans.”
Jari-Matti Latvala was the leading Ford finisher in second – his best result on asphalt in the WRC – with Mikko Hirvonen making it two Citroen runners on the podium in third.
Mads Ostberg finished fourth for the Adapta World Rally Team with Chris Atkinson a strong fifth in his debut for WRC Team MINI Portugal.
“You can’t hope for a better start together than what we got this weekend,” said Atkinson.
“The car and the team have been awesome. Fifth place is my best ever result in Germany so I have got to be happy.”
Rally Germany : Final Results
|1||Sebastien Loeb||Citroen WRT||3:41:52.4|
|2||Jari-Matti Latvala||Ford WRT||+2:00.1|
|3||Mikko Hirvonen||Citroen WRT||+2:31.4|
|4||Mads Ostberg||Adapta Ford||+3:24.4|
|5||Chris Atkinson||Italia Mini||+9:10.4|
|6||Sebastien Ogier||VW Skoda||+9:50.8|
|7||Andreas Mikkelsen||VW Skoda||+12:22.7|
|8||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Qatar Citroen||+12:50.4|
|9||Ott Tanak||M-Sport Ford||+13:01.3|
|10||Dani Sordo||Prodrive Mini||+14:17.3|
|3||M-Sport Ford WRT||115|