A HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS for SEBASTIEN LOEB, DANIEL ELENA for their LEGENDARY NINTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE with CITROEN Racing Team.
Loeb took the win since this morning, with a comfortable time & was in no hurry to make any mistakes [yet still had a small one]. His win was almost predictable since the end of Day 2 & he proved that he is the fastest, yet super consistent driver in WRC rallies.
The brave Latvala who put up a strong fight couldn't match the pace of the rally leader since Day 2 & was trailing him by 30s or more. In the final day, when Loeb had an off & also when he was just keeping the cool to put the car across the finish line, Latvala made up nearly 15s, but was not quite enough. Mikko settled to his consistency drive & secured the final podium. Thierry Neuville was the star of the rally & made excellent pace in the final day & also secured the bonus 2 points from the power stage, Ott Tanak takes the maximum 3, and Mads Ostberg the remaining 1 point.
With the official announcement of Loeb/Elena pair's going off the mainstream competition, we really think that it would have been nice if they had decided to stick around for one more year & taken their 10th title in style. Since the decision is made & even if they manage to win half the total number of rallies they would enter, it will be proven what they really have it in them to be the champion. With Ogier driving the VW Polo R WRC for the coming season, the excitement & action will be as high as now, but that will be possible if he manages Loeb's consistency, but he has got terrific pace 'for sure'! It also opens the opportunity to the younger brats, like Latvala, Neuville, Tanak, who want to make their mark in this superb sport, the next-gen rally heroes to be watched out for!