Sébastien Loeb emerged from this weekend’s penultimate round of WRC in Hokkaidō, Japan as the 2008 WRC Drivers’ Champion and the most successful driver world rallying has ever seen – with five consecutive championships since 2004.
Not only did rally ace Sébastien Loeb triumph in Rally Monte Carlo at the weekend, he also added another WRC record to his name by winning the event for the fifth time. This record is shared with Loeb’s long-time co-driver Daniel Elena, who has been with Loeb since their first victory at Monte Carlo in a Citroën Xsara.
Sébastien Loeb put on a dominant display this weekend, driving to victory in Corsica. The Frenchman’s win on asphalt goes back to back with his performance in Spain recently. With Tour de Course being the penultimate tarmac event of the season, Loeb has yet another asphalt rally to look forward to in Ireland.
Three-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb has won Rallye Deutschland for a record sixth consecutive time. He made history in 2002, when he claimed his official maiden WRC victory on the German asphalt, and has dominated the event ever since.
By winning Rally Sardinia at the weekend, Sébastien Loeb closed in Carlos Sainz’s record total of WRC wins. The Frenchman’s co-driver, Daniel Elena, surpassed The Matador’s long-time navigator Luis Moya to become the record-holder for most WRC co-driver wins.
Although Marcus Gronholm set the pace at the start of Rally Catalunya, defending WRC champion Sébastien Loeb’s Kronos Citroën cruised to victory on Sunday after the Finn’s Ford Focus suffered a turbocharger wastegate failure.
Although his future in the WRC is uncertain, Belgium’s Francois Duval captured his first world championship event with victory in the season-ending Rally of Australia on Sunday.
Sébastien Loeb scored his tenth win of the WRC season in Rally Catalunya on Sunday, and, thanks to a second-place finish by his team-mate Francois Duval, Citroën clinched the constructor’s championship.
World champion Sébastien Loeb won every stage of the Tour de Corse to clinch his first WRC victory on home soil and bolster Citroën’s lead in the manufacturers’ title chase on Sunday.
Peugeot’s Marcus Gronholm on Sunday dedicated his Rally Japan victory to his late team-mate, Michael “Beef” Park, who died during Rally Great Britain two weeks ago. And, by finishing second, Sébastien Loeb gave Citroën its second consecutive WRC driver’s title.