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Sebastian Loeb wins Rally of Germany for the ninth time

Updated: Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 22:05

Loeb is closing in on another world title
Loeb is closing in on another world title

Citroen's world champion Sebastian Loeb claimed the Rally of Germany for the ninth time on Sunday to stretch his overall lead in the standings to 54 points.

The Frenchman, chasing his ninth successive championship, took the win ahead of Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala in a Ford, with Loeb's Finnish team mate Mikko Hirvonen taking the final spot on the podium.

The 38-year-old Loeb won nine stages in the three-day asphalt-based rally in Trier. He finished exactly two minutes ahead of Latvala, with Hirvonen a further 31.3 seconds back. 

"We had a good drive, a perfect car and I made no mistake," Loeb said on the World Rally Championship website (www.wrc.com).

"Winning the Power Stage also meant this was a perfect weekend."

Loeb has now won seven of the nine rallies so far this season. The next event is the Wales Rally next month. 

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