Negenvoudig world champion Sébastien Loeb (Citroen C3 WRC) has taken the lead in the rally of Catalunya, the penultimate round of the world cup. The Frenchman won Sunday morning rides and referred Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota Yaris WRC) into second place. The Fin follows at 7.1 seconds from the new leader. Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta WRC) retains his third place, but feels the hot breath of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC). The world CHAMPIONSHIP leader is up to 3.8 seconds from his titelconcurrent.
Sébastien Loeb has seized power in Catalonia. The Frenchman was the only rider with hard tyres on the track, and that proved to be the right choice. Loeb won two stages and took the lead over Jari-Matti Latvala, who in the second place, drops. “I got the correct information from my scouts and I knew that I was with hard tyres in these conditions, fast could. It feels good to be in the lead to drive,” said the Frenchman.
It is exactly one year ago that Citroën even a rally could win. Last year was Kris Meeke, the best in Catalonia. The last world cup victory of Loeb dates back to 2013, when he came to the rally of Argentina won. In addition to his nine world titles won by the Frenchman 78 rallies. With two more rides to ride, he stabs the hand to his 79th victory.
Ogier and Neuville seem to be exhausted for the victory, but are in an intense battle for the world title. Both drivers started on soft tyres and fought with equal weapons. In the first stage of the day lost to Ogier 0.1 on Neuville. In the subsequent stage pitste Neuville whopping 4.1 of its arrears. With two more rides to ride, the gap between Ogier and Neuville 3.8.