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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 October 2007, 13:05 GMT 14:05 UK
Loeb storms to Catalunya triumph
Sebastien Loeb celebrates winning the Rally of Catalunya
Sebastien Loeb won his third Rally of Catalunya in succession
World champion Sebastien Loeb boosted his hopes of retaining his title by winning the Rally of Catalunya.

Frenchman Loeb, 33, finished ahead of his Spanish team-mate Daniel Sordo, with main title rival Marcus Gronholm of Finland back in third place.

Loeb led from the first day in his Citroen C4 to pick up his sixth win of the season and 34th, a record, in all.

Loeb is now just six points behind Gronholm in the race for the WRC drivers' championship.

Sunday saw Loeb add three more stage wins to make it eight out of 16 in Spain and add to his wins so far this season in Monte Carlo, Mexico, Portugal, Argentina and Germany.

"We couldn't really hope for any more than this, with Dani slipping in between Marcus and myself, and I didn't need to take any unnecessary risks," he said.

The competition moves on to Corsica next weekend which, like Catalunya, is run on asphalt - Loeb's preferred surface.


Final standings in the Rally of Catalunya after 16 stages:1. Sebastien Loeb (Fra) Citroen 3:07:06.2
2. Dani Sordo (Spa) Citroen 3:07:20.0
3. Marcus Gronholm (Fin) Ford 3:07:50.4
4. Mikko Hirvonen (Fin) Ford 3:08:27.7
5. Francois Duval (Bel) Skoda 3:09:20.2
6. Petter Solberg (Nor) Subaru 3:09:58.0
7. Jari-Matti Latvala (Fin) Ford 3:10:31.2
8. Chris Atkinson (Aus) Subaru 3:11:02.5
9. Xavier Pons (Spa) Mitsubishi 3:12:03.3
10. Henning Solberg (Nor) Ford 3:16:55.8

Drivers' standings:
1. Marcus Groenholm (Fin) 96
2. Sebastien Loeb (Fra) 90
3. Mikko Hirvonen (Fin) 74
4. Daniel Sordo (Spa) 39
5. Petter Solberg (Nor) 34

Constructors:
1 Ford WRT 170
2. Citroen WRT 131
3. Subaru WRT 64


SEE ALSO
Loeb maintains leads in Catalunya
06 Oct 07 |  Rallying
Loeb edges in front in Catalunya
05 Oct 07 |  Rallying
Gronholm grabs closest-ever win
02 Sep 07 |  Rallying
Loeb claims record win in Germany
19 Aug 07 |  Rallying


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