19 Oct 2012

Loeb leads in Sardinia

7:50 am on 19 October 2012

The French rally driver Sebastien Loeb, who claimed his ninth successive world drivers title a fortnight ago, has the lead after the first 2 stages of the Rally of Italy in Sardinia.

Loeb, in a Citroen, posted the fastest time in the second stage with Ford's Finnish driver Jari-Mati Latvala winning the morning opener but then losing time with a puncture.

Loeb leads by one second from his Finnish teammate, Mikko Hirvonen.