27 Apr 2009

Loeb wins in Argentina

6:09 am on 27 April 2009

World champion Sebastien Loeb, in a Citroen C4, has won the Rally of Argentina for his fifth win in five races this season and the 52nd of his career.

Teammate Dani Sordo of Spain was second, more than a minute behind, with Norway's Henning Solberg, in a Ford Focus, taking third place, four minutes off the pace.

The final day's action proved disastrous for Solberg's brother Petter, the 2003 world champion, whose privately-entered Citron Xsara suffered mechanical failure when he was running in a comfortabale third place.

The world champion has now won six races in a row with his five this season in Ireland, Norway, Cyprus, Portugal and here following his victory in Great Britain at the end of the 2008 campaign.

In the overall standings, Loeb has a 20-point lead over Mikko Hirvonen who was forced to abandon the Argentina race yesterday after the engine on his Ford Focus over-heated.