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Loeb in charge at the Monte Carlo Rally

Updated: Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 21:10

Sebastien Loeb leads the way at the Monte Carlo Rally
Sebastien Loeb leads the way at the Monte Carlo Rally

Eight-time reigning champion Sebastien Loeb topped the leaderboard after the first day of the World Rally Championship's season-opening event in Monte Carlo.

The French Citroen driver won three of Wednesday's four stages to establish a lead of one minute four seconds after Finnish rival Jari-Matti Latvala crashed out.

Latvala won the second stage and was in first place going into stage four only to role his Ford, which forced his retirement.
As a result Spain's Dani Sordo (Mini) was second with Norway's Petter Solberg (Ford) third overall just one second further back.

France's Sebastien Ogier (S2000 Skoda) and Russian driver Novikov Evgeny (M-Sport Ford) completed the top five.

Meanwhile, Irish driver Craig Breen is in second place in SWRC (Super 2000 category) after the opening day and 14th overall.

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