16 Feb 2009

Loeb wins in Norway

5:47 am on 16 February 2009

The French Citroen Sebastien Loeb has won the Norwegian Rally, extending his world championship lead with his second victory in two races this season.

Loeb finished 9.8 seconds ahead of Finn Mikko Hirvonen of Ford whose team mate and compatriot Jari-Matti Latvala came third.

The win kept Loeb, seeking his sixth successive world title, on top of the standings with a perfect 20 points from two races.

The Frenchman, who also won the season-opening Irish Rally, led on the snowy roads all weekend.

Hirvonen, winner of the only previous edition of the Norwegian Rally in 2007, climbed to second place in the standings, six points behind Loeb.