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Sebastien Loeb secured a record-breaking eighth victory in the ADAC Rally Deutschland, as Citroen enjoyed a lock-out of the podium places in Trier.

Loeb led the rally from start to finish, winning nine of the 19 stages and coming in over 50 seconds ahead of team-mate Dani Sordo. The Frenchman’s victory stretches his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings to 58 points with just four rounds to go.

'This is incredible - it is just great to be the winner here for the eighth time' – Loeb

“This is incredible - it is just great to be the winner here for the eighth time,” Loeb said. “In this rally we have had no problems at all and drove without making any mistakes. I had to win here.”

Sordo was the only driver to offer the Frenchman any kind of challenge over the three-day rally however his challenge was effectively ended as he lost considerable ground on SS10. Second still represented an excellent result for the Spaniard though, who was using new co-driver Diego Vallejo for the first time.  

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“I am very happy," he said after the rally. "At first I was able to keep up with Seb's pace but he got faster and faster. Anyway, it is a really great result and this was with my new co-driver.”

The podium places were completed by Citroen Junior Team driver Sebastien Ogier, who came in a further 1min 22sec behind Sordo. "This is my first position on the podium on an asphalt rally," Ogier noted. "We have had a great weekend."

The result means Citroen also stretch their lead over Ford in the race for the Manufacturers’ title.

Ogier’s team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen enjoyed his weekend, finishing seventh. The former-F1 world champion won the final stage of the rally and was just 3.8 seconds off Matthew Wilson in sixth.

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