2 Aug 2008

Loeb leads Finnish Rally

9:09 am on 2 August 2008

Four-times WRC champion Sebastien Loeb leads the Finnish Rally after extending his overall lead over Mikko Hirvonen to 14 seconds in the 11th and last stage of the opening day.

The French Citroen driver, who is bidding for his first win on the high-speed gravel roads in central Finland, won 10 of the day's stages, with Finn Hirvonen interrupting his run of stage victories by heading the eighth stage.

The rally is already looking like a two-man affair going into Saturday's second leg, with Norwegian Henning Solberg, driving a Stobart Ford Focus 53 seconds behind the leader.