No crying for Loeb in Argentina
ON HIS WAY TO No.8: Citroen's ace driver Sebastien Loeb on this way to winning the Rally of Argentina for the eighth time. Image: AFP
Author: ALAN BALDWIN
CORDOBA, Argentina - France's Sebastien Loeb won the Rally of Argentina for the eighth year in a row in a Citroen on Saturday.
The nine-times World champion, who is not defending his 2012 title as he is competing in only a limited number of events, beat VW-driving compatriot Sebastien Ogier into second place by 55 seconds.
Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala was third for VW.
'BYE UNTIL OCTOBER
Ogier retained the championship lead after five of the 13 rounds with 122 points to Loeb's 68. Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen, Ogier's closest real rival for the crown, has 57.
The rally was Loeb's first since Sweden in February and second of the season. He will not compete again in the championship until France in October. The next 2013 rally will be in Greece at the end of May.
Loeb has an unprecedented career tally of 78 World championship rally wins.
Results from the final day of the Rally of Argentina, the fifth leg of the 13-race series, on May 4:
1 Sebastien Loeb(FRA/Citroen DS3) 4hr35min56.7
2 Sebastien Ogier (FRA/VW Polo-R) +55sec
3 Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/VW Polo-R) +2min0.8sec
4 Evgeny Novikov (RUS/Ford Fiesta RS) +2min36.7
5 Thierry Neuville (BEL/Ford Fiesta RS) +4min40.5
6 Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Citroën DS3) +6min23.9
7 Mads Ostberg(NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) +11min02.2
8 Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/VW Polo-R) +13min22.1
9 Dani Sordo(ESP/Citroën DS3) +13min22.3
10 Martin Prokop(CZE/Ford Fiesta RS) +14.07.6
Special stage winners
Ogier 5 (1,2,4,5,6)
Latvala 5 (10-14)
Loeb 2 (8,9)
Hirvonen 1 (3)
Ostberg 1 (7)
Overall points standings
1 Sebastien Ogier (FRA) 122
2 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) 68
3 Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) 57
4 Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) 49
5 Mads Ostberg (NOR) 38
6 Thierry Neuville (BEL) 35
7 Dani Sordo (ESP) 29
8 Evgeny Novikov (RUS) 27
9 Martin Prokop (CZE) 21
10 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) 20
11 Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) 12
12 Bryan Bouffier (FRA) 10
1 Volkswagen Motorsport 154
2 Citroën Abou Dhabi WRT 140
3 Qatar M-Sport WRT (Ford) 73
4 Qatar WRT (Ford) 46
5 Abu Dhabi Citroën WRT 29