Citroen and Loeb on top after 1-2 in Germany

Citroen and Loeb on top after 1-2 in Germany  
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Motorsport, Citroën
on 08/18/2008

Source: Citroen

Sébastien Loeb scored his seventh consecutive victory on Rallye Deutschland this weekend to claim the lead in the FIA World Rally Championship, while team-mate Dani Sordo came home second in the sister Citroën C4 WRC.

The first 1-2 finish of the year for Citroën propelled it to the top of the Manufacturer’s standings, and made it the third most successful car maker in the history of the WRC.

Loeb and his co-driver, Daniel Elena, dominated the event from the beginning, winning 14 of 19 stages. He is now leading the Driver’s standings by four points from Mikko Hirvonen, with five rounds left. Citroën has now won in Germany eight times in a row and is eight points clear in the Manufacturer’s standings after the weekend’s resounding double win.

“After beating our main rival on his home event in Finland, we had no intention of letting anybody else take victory in Germany,” smiled Sébastien.

Final Leaderboard for 7th Rallye Deutschland*

1. S. Loeb/ D.Elena (Citroën C4)

3h26m 19.7s

2. D. Sordo/ M. Marti (Citroën C4)

+ 47.7s

3. F. Duval/ P. Pivato (Ford Focus)

+ 1min 20s

4. M. Hirvonen/ J. Lehtinen (Ford Focus)

+ 1min 30.1s

5. P. Solberg/ P. Mills (Subaru Impreza)

+ 2min 35.3s

6. C. Atkinson/ S. Prevot (Subaru Impreza)

+ 4min 45.9s

FIA World Rally Championship standings after round 10 – Manufacturers*

1st. Citroën Total – 123 pts ; 2nd. Ford – 115 pts; 3rd. Subaru - 69 pts; 4th Stobart – 51 pts; 5th Munchi’s - 19 pts; 6th Suzuki - 13 pts.

FIA World Rally Championship standings after round 10 – Drivers*

1st. S. Loeb, 76 pts; 2nd. M. Hirvonen, 72 pts; 3rd. D. Sordo, 43 pts; 4th. C. Atkinson, 40 pts; 5th. JM. Latvala, 34 pts; 6th. P. Solberg, 27 pts.
*All results subject to FIA confirmation.

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