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Monday 21st January 2013

Loeb can't help but win

Nine-time champion takes victory as the Monte Carlo Rally draws to a premature close



Sebastien Loeb has taken victory the opening round of the WRC season. Despite embarking on a semi-retirement year of only four events, Loeb clearly shows no sign of slowing down, and won the Monte Carlo Rally after leading from the second stage.

Snowy drive to work for Loeb...
Snowy drive to work for Loeb...
Loeb’s win came in dramatic circumstances as the rally was curtailed prematurely by organisers. The decision was taken to cancel the final two stages on safety grounds, after huge numbers of spectators fled the worsening weather, causing gridlock on the narrow roads around the stages. That wasn’t the only drama of the event’s final night, though. The treacherous conditions caused by the snow and ice caused three of the top seven drivers to fall off the stage, including Jari-Matti Latvala, whose VW Polo had an oversteery moment on the Col de Turini that resulted in a brief but violent encounter with a cliff face.

It was Loeb who came through to win in style, though, taking the win by 1min 39.9sec from second-place man Sebastien Ogier, and despite supposedly winding down his career, he was understandably pleased with the result in these conditions. “I’m going to really savour this win, especially as in all likelihood it’ll be my last one here,” he said. “I think this was the first Monte-Carlo that I have competed in where I haven’t used slick tyres at all. You couldn’t go any faster than 30kph on the straight section, otherwise you lose the car completely and you go off!”

Loeb still taking centre stage (no pun intended)
Loeb still taking centre stage (no pun intended)
It’s highly unlikely that Loeb will be in the running for this year’s title, but he will return to contest three more rallies, which are set to include Sweden and France. Meanwhile, the rest of the pack will look to capitalise on his absence – though who will take the title is anyone’s guess.

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sisu

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This is cockblocking at its best. As much as I admire Loeb, his suave style. Roll up to practice in a Lamborghini, shag the PR girls then win the race. He has to let the others get some action.
While the other drivers are busy training and practicing the routes, trying to get the setup sorted for the next race. Pleading with sponsors to stay with them.
Sebastian is doing this...

Baryonyx

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He is simply the best. The ultimate talent!

Chrisw666

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sisu said:
This is cockblocking at its best. As much as I admire Loeb, his suave style. Roll up to practice in a Lamborghini, shag the PR girls then win the race. He has to let the others get some action.
While the other drivers are busy training and practicing the routes, trying to get the setup sorted for the next race. Pleading with sponsors to stay with them.
Sebastian is doing this...
If he can do it he should, if I was good enough to not practice and win then I'd do it.

EDLT

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In before bring back group b/put them all in Escorts.

I think Ogier will win the title. Latvala crashes too much and Sordo apparently can't do snow.

fatboy69

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Genius!

The guy is a true legend & must be the best ever. Wouldn't suprise me if he won the 2013 World Championship regardless of only doing 4 events this year.

I reckon he will be back for more than 4 events as the hunger to win is obviously still there.

It must be fairly disheartening for everyone else seeing Mr Loeb disappearing off into the distance. Again......


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CraigyMc

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sisu said:
This is cockblocking at its best. As much as I admire Loeb, his suave style. Roll up to practice in a Lamborghini, shag the PR girls then win the race. He has to let the others get some action.
While the other drivers are busy training and practicing the routes, trying to get the setup sorted for the next race. Pleading with sponsors to stay with them.
Sebastian is doing this...
Loeb did some practise/training too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l94FCPqzex4

To be honest, the way that car launches off the corners with Loeb driving, it's surprising he's semi-retired at all.

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SpeedYellow

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Is there any TV coverage of WRC this year??

havard01

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Glad he's not doing a full Championship, it should make the competition a lot tighter.

There are rumours that there will be TV coverage for the next rally in Sweden, but then they said that in December about Monte Carlo. Someone, somewhere needs pull their finger out and sort it out.

Homer J

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No coverage on Motors, Eurosport etc. But aparently there is some coverage on the Welsh channel S4C, but searching on Sky, I've not found any mention of it yet.

Real shame the TV deals all fell through. Due to Loed "leaving" I think there's more interesting in WRC now than there has been for many years.

Edited my shocking spellingrolleyes

Edited by Homer J on Monday 21st January 12:36

emicen

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sisu said:
This is cockblocking at its best. As much as I admire Loeb, his suave style. Roll up to practice in a Lamborghini, shag the PR girls then win the race. He has to let the others get some action.
While the other drivers are busy training and practicing the routes, trying to get the setup sorted for the next race. Pleading with sponsors to stay with them.
Sebastian is doing this...
I have to say, I was completely unaware of this. I took Loeb on face value from his short and teethpulling-esque interviews mid rally.

That one image has literally polar changed my opinion of the man thumbup

ScoobieWRX

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I'm no Loeb fan at all but you've got to give him his do's. If nobody else is good enough to beat him why should he give up or even semi-retire.

I say it's tough titties on the others if they haven't got the machine or talent to beat him, why should they be given a chance. I thought this was a competition.

He should keep going till the bitter end. Do a Schumacker, milk it till he starts losing and then bow out gracefully.

Nowt wrong with that!

sisu

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It is probably up there on the list of events like Gumball 3000 and other things that were popular in 2002 and now dying a slow death on a pay per view channel somewhere...

havard01

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Homer J said:
No covereage on Motors, Eurosport etc. But aaparently there is some coverage on the Welsh channel S4C, but searching on Sky, I've not found any mention of it yet.

Real shame the TV deals all fell through. Due to Loed "leaving" I think there's more interesting in WRC now than there has been for many years.
I think the Ralio+ coverage on S4C is not due to start until April.

soad

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SpeedYellow said:
Is there any TV coverage of WRC this year??
Don't ask. frown

NGK210

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A damn shame the FIA wouldn't grant him a Super Licence, thus blocking his switch to F1 frown

EDLT

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soad said:
SpeedYellow said:
Is there any TV coverage of WRC this year??
Don't ask. frown
Its on youtube.

garypotter

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I think he will be in for a shout at the title, by far the best racing driver out there and a very good chance of 4 wins!! the rest of the field taking points of each other and I wonder if 3/4 way through the season if he may change his mind about doing a couple more races and go for the title.
Will have to wait and see.

DanielSan

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garypotter said:
I think he will be in for a shout at the title, by far the best racing driver out there and a very good chance of 4 wins!! the rest of the field taking points of each other and I wonder if 3/4 way through the season if he may change his mind about doing a couple more races and go for the title.
Will have to wait and see.
This would be interesting to see if it happened. Suppose it would depend on his WTCC testing/Sportscar racing calender through the year.

ukaskew

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A damn shame the FIA wouldn't grant him a Super Licence, thus blocking his switch to F1 frown
Presumably there is nothing stopping him doing a season in British F3 and gaining his licence the old fashioned way, I would hazard a guess that if he really wanted to drive in F1 he would have created an opportunity for himself by now, I can't imagine funding would be an issue.

chevronb37

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During my lifetime I don't recall another driver in any discipline who is so far ahead of his peers. He's utterly remarkable - a colossus of a talent.

Saying that, Ogier is really very good indeed. Being second best to Loeb is still an awesome achievement.
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