13 Oct 2008

Loeb wins Rally of Corsica

5:58 am on 13 October 2008

The French Citroen driver Sebastien Loeb continues to close in on a fifth consecutive WRC world rally crown after winning the Rally of Corsica in France.

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen and Belgium's Francois Duval, both driving a Ford Focus, finished second and third respectively in the 13th race of the calendar.

The win means Loeb now takes a commanding lead at the top of the drivers' championship with 106 points to Hirvonen's 92, with just two rallies remaining.

Loeb's record-setting 46th career win was also his fourth consecutive victory in the Rally of Corsica, nicknamed the "rally of 10,000 corners" for its testing course, peppered with tight hairpin bends.

It was also the Frenchman's fifth WRC victory in a row having already triumphed in the rallies of Finland, Germany and New Zealand in August, and the Rally of Catalonia in October.

The next rally will take place in Japan at the end of the month with the season ender coming at the start of December at the Wales Rally GB.