Reigning champion Sebastien Loeb reignited his hopes of a sixth world championship when he and fellow Spaniard Dani Sordo scored a convincing 1-2 for Citroen in the Spanish round of the WRC in Catalunya on Sunday. The win gave Citroen the manufacturers’ title.
Loeb was back to top form in the Rally Catalunya and his win by 12 seconds over Sordo and 54 seconds ahead of Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen means that he starts the final round in Great Britain just one point behind the championship-leading Finn. The victory, his sixth of the season, made up for his disappointment in the recent Rally of Australia, where he was denied a win when his team was penalised for a technical infringement.
Petter Solberg finished fourth in another Citroen C4, 18 seconds behind Hirvonen and well ahead of Citroen junior driver Sebastien Ogier. Jari-Matti Latvala was sixth and led a string of four Fords, with Matthew Wilson seventh ahead of Federico Villagra and Henning Solberg. Danny Snobeck rounded out the top 10 in a Peugeot.
South African Jon Williams (Mitsubishi) closed in on winning the Pirelli Star Challenge, despite problems in the final leg that dropped him to 46th. He still managed to finish second in the Pirelli Challenge. Williams has won three of the six rounds so far and finished second in two