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
The World Rally Championship resumes on Rally Sweden from 9-12 February.
Story courtesy WRC.com
Pictures courtesy Rallye-sport.fr