Loeb makes it five in a row in Corsica

Sébastien Loeb (Citroen) led from start to finish to claim his second victory in consecutive weekends and his fifth in a row.  The Frenchman won by 3min 24.7sec.  Behind the Ford trio, Petter Solberg (Subaru) claimed fifth despite losing more than two minutes with a puncture on both passes through the second stage in the loop and team-mate Chris Atkinson rounded off the top six.  Eighth for Stobart driver Matthew Wilson (Ford) and 13th for Toni Gardemeister (Suzuki) were enough to claim the final manufacturers' points.

Final positions 1.  S Loeb/D Elena                      FRA             Citroen C4              3hr 42min 58.0sec 2.  M Hirvonen/J Lehtinen               FIN             Ford Focus RS   3hr 46min 22.7sec 3.  F Duval/P Pivato                    BEL             Ford Focus RS   3hr 46min 29.6sec 4.  J-M Latvala/M Anttila               FIN             Ford Focus RS   3hr 46min 35.5sec 5.  P Solberg/P Mills                   NOR             Subaru Impreza  3hr 48min 33.4sec 6.  C Atkinson/S Prévot         AUS             Subaru Impreza  3hr 49min 08.4sec 7.  U Aava/K Sikk                       EST             Citroen C4              3hr 50min 23.2sec 8.  M Wilson/S Martin           GBR             Ford Focus RS   3hr 52min 00.2sec 9.  M Østberg/O Unnerud         NOR             Subaru Impreza  3hr 52min 11.3sec 10 B Clark/P Nagle                      GBR             Ford Focus RS   3hr 56min 36.3sec

Drivers                                                 1.  S Loeb                      106pts                  2.  M Hirvonen           92pts                  3.  D Sordo                       59pts                 4.  C Atkinson                    45pts                 5.  J-M Latvala          42pts                  6.  P Solberg                     40pts                

Manufacturers 1.  Citroen Total               169pts 2.  BP Ford Abu Dhabi   146pts 3.  Subaru                        87pts 4.  Stobart VK M-Sport Ford  62pts 5.  Munchi's Ford                 22pts 6.  Suzuki                         21pts

Stage Times

Stage 13: 1. Loeb 19min 10.2sec; 2. Latvala + 6.1; 3. Duval + 10.2; 4. P Solberg + 14.8; 5. Wilson + 28.4; 6. Aava + 29.4; 16. Al Qassimi + 1:12.3; 36. Hirvonen + 2:34.3.

Overall: 1. Loeb 2hr 50min 38.1sec; 2. Duval + 1:06.9; 3. Latvala + 1:56.7; 4. P Solberg + 2:27.8; 5. Hirvonen + 3:26.7; 6. Atkinson + 4:46.9; 12. Al Qassimi + 11:41.5.

Stage 14: 1. Loeb 16min 25.6sec; 2. Hirvonen + 0.6; 3. Latvala + 1.4; 4. Mikkelsen + 14.7; 5. Aava + 16.4; 6. Duval + 17.1; 15. Al Qassimi + 49.9.

Overall: 1. Loeb 3hr 07min 03.7sec; 2. Duval + 1:24.0; 3. Latvala + 1:58.1; 4. Hirvonen + 3:27.3; 5. P Solberg + 3:42.2; 6. Atkinson + 5:16.9; 11. Al Qassimi + 12:31.4.

Stage 15: 1= Loeb, Latvala 19min 22.0sec; 3. Duval + 1.4; 4. Hirvonen + 2.3; 5. P Solberg + 2.9; 6. Aava + 25.0; 16. Al Qassimi + 48.3.

Overall: 1. Loeb 3hr 26min 25.7sec; 2. Duval + 1:25.4; 3. Latvala + 1:58.1; 4. Hirvonen + 3:29.6; 5. P Solberg + 3:45.1; 6. Atkinson + 5:47.9; 11. Al Qassimi + 13:19.7.

Stage 16: 1. Hirvonen 16min 27.4sec; 2. Loeb + 4.9; 3. Duval + 11.1; 4. Mikkelsen + 11.2; 5. Latvala + 14.3; 6. H Solberg + 23.1; 15. Al Qassimi + 51.5.

Overall: 1. Loeb 3hr 42min 58.0sec; 2. Hirvonen + 3:24.7; 3. Duval + 3:31.6; 4. Latvala + 3:37.5; 5. P Solberg + 5:35.4; 6. Atkinson + 6:10.4; 12. Al Qassimi + 14:06.3.

Next round

After two asphalt events, the championship returns to gravel for the penultimate round later this month.  Rally Japan (30 October - 2 November) is again based on the country's northernmost island of Hokkaido but has a new base in Sapporo and an entirely new route.