Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Loeb Clinches Title at Last

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Loeb Clinches Title at Last

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SEBASTIEN Loeb clinched his sixth world rally title with victory in the final race of the season, the Rally of Great Britain.

The Frenchman had a comfortable win over world title rival Mikko Hirvonen who had gone into the final event of the season leading the world title race.

But Loeb, driving the Citroen C4 WRC, secured his sixth world crown with a 54th world rally event win in Wales.

After completing the final Rheola stage Loeb was able to celebrate beating Hirvonen, of the BP Ford Abu Dhabi team, by a single world championship point.

Loeb said: "It's been an incredible season. We made a good start then we lost everything and we came here one point behind Mikko. "Finally we've done it and I'm really happy but Mikko has been extremely strong. I know it will be tough next year for sure.

"This has been one of my best title wins; the battle was so intense - going almost until the end of the last rally. It was incredible."

Hirvonen finished the rally as runner-up and also could only manage second best behind Loeb in the title fight. …

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