Sebastien Loeb wins ninth Rally Germany

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Sunday 26th August, 2012 - 11:56pm

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Sebastien Loeb untouchable in Germany

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.

Chris Atkinson scored a top-5 finishi

“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

Position Driver Team Time
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

 

CHAMPIONSHIP: Driver

Position Driver Points
1 Loeb 199
2 Hirvonen 145
3 Solberg 104
4 Ostberg 102
5 Latvala 87
6 Novikov 55

 

CHAMPIONSHIP: Manufacturer

Position Team Points
1 Citroen 320
2 Ford WRT 197
3 M-Sport Ford WRT 115
4 Qatar WRT 59
5 Citroen Junior 54
6 Adapta WRT 49

 

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