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Loeb key to Citroën’s lead

WRCswe2Finishing in second place in the Swedish Rally, the second round the World Rally Championship in Hagfors, Sebastien Loeb helped Citroen to stay at the lead in the Constructors’ Championship.

For three days, Loeb threw everything to challenge Sébastien Ogier, the former Citroen driver, who handed Volkswagen their first victory, but the nine-time champion, who dreamed to repeat his 2004 success, ended up 41.8 sec adrift his countrymate. Doing so, he beat youngster Mads Ostberg on a Ford, the car maker who won all the Swedish rallyes since 2005.

24. The number of minutes lost by the other DS3 WRC of Mikko Hirvonen in the first stage on Friday. Hitting a snow bank, the Finn, a winner in 2010 and 2011, will wait for a hat-trick. He finished 17th.

“I had decided to push a bit less, but it was at that point that I hit a snowbank. I really eased off after that…” Loeb told the fright he got Sunday. A scare with no consequence on his result.

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This is the first time in 61 editions that France made ​​a double at Swedish rally. Loeb was also, until Sunday, the only non-Nordic driver to have prevailed in those so special snowy forest roads.

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