Loeb wins ninth - and last - WRC title
Schumacher's off (again) but Loeb's still winning and quits frontline WRC on a high with another title
Loeb won his home round of the WRC – Rallye de France – in typically assured fashion. Although the winning margin over Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala was only 15.5 seconds, one does feel that Loeb managed the advantage and pushed only as hard as was necessary. Citroen team-mate Mikko Hirvonen finished in third position to help his team claim its eighth constructors’ title, while the familiarly impressive Thierry Neuville finished in fourth.
Rallye Monte Carlo in my diary.”
Loeb will instead focus his energies on a World Touring Car Championship campaign – still with Citroen – and we eagerly await further details of what promises to be an intriguing switch of discipline.
It will be good to see how Loeb gets on with another dicipline. He's got to be one of the best tarmac rally drivers of his generation.
Just look at the number of wins in Spain, Germany, France and the Monte compared to the rest for the last 10 years. 29 / 39 rallies 2002-2012 (to date)
Do the stats from 2004 and he is even more dominant.
It will be great to see how he gets on in different types of motorsport; WTCC, LMP’s etc along with how the WRC will change without him competing for the overall title.
Long may his success continue!
I dont see the smaller capacity bikes as diminishing the achievement of the world title at all.
I also wish Loeb had won more often against tougher competition in a less dominant car. Though again, 9 WRC titles is kind of a big deal in any case.
What about Dougie Lampkin - 12 times World trials champion? Not as high profile maybe, but no less a feat of dedication, commitment, and shear talent.
Sadly, Autosport & Motorsport aren’t leading with his 9th Title – I’m sorry, but winning a 9th WRC overshadows a Vettel GP win.
I really hope he gives WTCC a miss – a second division world series – and does more LMP/GT racing. His 2ns place at Le Mans is an indication of what he could do.