4 Oct 2010

Loeb takes another world title

3:57 am on 4 October 2010

The French driver Sebastien Loeb has claimed an unprecedented seventh consecutive world rally championship by winning his home round in Alsace.

The Citroen driver took charge over the first two days in slippery conditions and then drove cautiously to take his 60th rally win.

The result was never in doubt after his closest rival for the title, Sebastien Ogier, crashed out, leaving the 36-year old Loeb needing only to finish to claim the crown.

The win gave Loeb the world title with two rallies left.

Spanish team-mate Daniel Sordo was second with fellow Citroen driver, Norwegian Petter Solberg third.

Known as the Michael Schumacher of rallying because he dominates the sport in the same way as the seven-times Formula one world champion once did, Loeb has been racing since 1999.

He has been driving alongside his co-driver Daniel Elena since 2004.