Sebastien Loeb is the King!! He is the unstoppable.. especially on the hard and sealed surface, whatever the conditions. Period.
The 9th round of the WRC season 2012, Rallye Deutschland was dominated by Loeb since day 1, which he has kept it till the end to claim the top honors in style. The event first held in 1982 in the German Rally Calendar, was included into the WRC calendar since 2002 [except for 2009] and had been dominated for 8-long dominance by this french-man, until last year, which he lost it to his compatriot Sebastien Ogier after he lost time in an unexpected puncture of his left front wheel of his Citroen DS3 WRC. As for this year, as we all know that Ogier has moved to VW and not in the WRC car and hence no virtual threat was spelled with just a brief Ott Tanak & JM Latvala managing to claim a few stage wins.
In the penultimate stage of the rally, Norwegian Mads Ostberg goes faster ahead of the lot, much ahead of his compatriot and Ford WRT driver Petter Solberg. It was understood that Loeb wouldn't do any silly thing to loose his super advantageous position with nearly a 2 minute with the nearest rival Latvala. But after the last split Mads lost his lead ended 2nd fastest, Dani Sordo finished 3rd, however Petter [being fastest] took his revenge with the German Rally after his crashing his car's right rear wheel against a rock yesterday at Panzerplatte 2. Rally Leaders, Latvala, Loeb & Mikko were 5th, 6th & 7th fastest through the rain-hit wet stage.
The last and the most celebrated Stage of the rally, Circus Maximus in the heart of the city Trier is the Power Stage of the rally. Last year, Loeb had snatched those vital max. 3 points as he had lost his first place to Ogier after a puncture.
But, this year it was Loeb again, taking those 25+3 points into his kitty account for the Championship chase! Mikko takes the third with 15 + 2 points from the second fastest in power-stage, and surprisingly it was
Nasser Al-Attiyah Andreas Mikkelsen who takes the 1 point by being third fastest in Circus Maximus. Latvala might not have taken any of those extra points, but makes 18 points to his account by the second place on the podium.
Complete report of the event is compiled here