Loeb says yes to nine
French ace Sebastian Loeb claimed his ninth Rally of Germany title with victory in Trier on Sunday.
Last Updated: 26/08/12 4:35pm
Sebastian Loeb strengthened his lead at the top of drivers' table after claiming his ninth Rally of Germany title with victory in Trier on Sunday.
The Frenchman made it nine wins from 10 in the Rallye Deutschland by pipping Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala to second with Mikko Hirvonen finishing third.
The 38-year-old had built up a 20-second lead on Friday before extending the gap on Saturday as Petter Solberg damaged his car against a rock.
And, after starting on Sunday with a lead of one minute and 42 seconds, the Citroen driver successfully negotiated the 4.37 kilometres Circus Maximus Trier super special to cruise toward a ninth victory from 15 stages.
Loeb, who first won the German title in 2002, eventually finished two minutes and 0.01 second ahead of Latvala.
He said: "The Rallye Deutschland is a race where it is easy to make mistakes. A lot of drivers have made them. This is a tricky rally with narrow roads.
"We managed to not make a mistake from the beginning and I drove very clean. The result is there to see."
Runner-up Latvala said: "It has not been an easy rally. A lot has happened.
"But overall I am happy we are at the finish - and this is my best finish on a tarmac rally."
Latvala's compatriot Hirvonen took the final place on the podium and said: "I had a really tough time on this rally, but we came through with no mistakes and I learned a lot."
The WRC season continues with the Wales Rally Great Britain, which begins in Cardiff on September 13.