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Loeb wins Monte Carlo Rally

20 January 2013 04:20

Sebastien Loeb was able to negotiate treacherous conditions to claim the seventh Monte Carlo Rally title of his career on Saturday.

The nine-time world champion, who is only racing four events this season, guided his Citroen through the snow and slush that marred the day's stages to win his 77th career title by one minute and 39.9 seconds.

Loeb takes out the rally after organisers decided to cancel the race's last two stages due spectator safety concerns after three fans were hospitalised after falling due to snow that has blanketed south-eastern France.

Fellow Frenchman Sebastien Ogier secured second place in what was his debut drive for Volkswagen while Loeb's Citroen team-mate Dani Sordo finished in third.

In what was a carnage-filled day, Evgeny Novikov, Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hanninen, all of whom went into the final day in the top seven on the leaderboard, crashed out after finding the wintery conditions too hard to handle.

Speaking after his win, Loeb said he was thrilled to come out on top in the arduous conditions.

"I'm always happy when I win, and Monte-Carlo is one of the most exciting rallies I've done," he said.

"This one was really, really difficult. The conditions were extreme compared to what we have usually and winning wasn't easy."

The drivers will now turn their attention to the Rally Sweden which takes place in early February.

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