Loeb’s VIth Rallye Monte-Carlo Win

Sebastien Loeb won rallye Monte-Carlo after dominating the rally from SS4, day 1 claiming 25 points for the victory plus three bonus points for winning the event-closing Power Stage. “For sure it’s always a great moment to start the season like this especially in front of so many fans. Full points in the first race is incredible and for sure it’s the perfect start [to my title defense].”  Loeb told World Rally Radio.

Dani Sordo finished second in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC, the first podium on the legendary event since Rauno Aaltonen took the overall victory in 1967 in a Cooper S. Petter Solberg, in a Fiesta RS WRC, bagged the final podium spot on his return to the factory Ford team after an absence of more than a decade. It was the Norwegian’s first Monte-Carlo podium.

Mikko Hirvonen marked his debut for the works Citroen squad in fourth with Evgeny Novikov impressing throughout to take fifth in his M-Sport Fiesta.

Volkswagen Motorsport’s Kevin Abbring was the highest Super 2000 finisher in 12th but Craig Breen won the Super 2000 World Rally Championship division in his Fiesta in 14th.

Overall after S18

01        LOEB Sébastien (FRA)           4:32:39:900

02        SORDO Daniel (ESP)  +0:02:45:500

03        SOLBERG Petter (NOR)         +0:03:14:200

04        HIRVONEN Mikko (FIN)        +0:04:06:800

05        NOVIKOV Evgeny (RUS)        +0:06:03:400

06        DELECOUR François (FRA) +0:07:47:900

07        CAMPANA Pierre (FRA)        +0:08:31:400

08        TANAK Ott (EST)        +0:10:34:600

09        PROKOP Martin (CZE)           +0:16:10:700

10        ARAUJO Armindo (PRT)        +0:16:16:600

2012 WRC Monte-Carlo Winners, L-R: Danni Sordo (MINI), Petter Solberg (Ford) & Seb Loeb (Citroen)

The World Rally Championship resumes on Rally Sweden from 9-12 February.

Story courtesy WRC.com

Pictures courtesy Rallye-sport.fr

Footage Courtesy CitroenWRT & Best Of Rallye Live


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