In Photos: Seb Loeb's WRC farewell

We reflect on the nine-times champion’s final rally in front of his home crowd in France.
By Carl McKellar
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Loebmania A national hero competing in his final rally in front of his home crowd in his home region of Alsace… it’s little wonder that the public went Loeb crazy. This photo was taken just outside the Citroen team service area as he went to greet them for one final time. He's in there somewhere... © Citroen Racing
Here's looking at you, kid
Here's looking at you, kid Loeb shares a joke with the man who has taken over from him as the new World Rally Champion, fellow Frenchman Sebastien Ogier. The eagerly anticipated duel for victory between the pair was playing out nicely until Sunday morning… © Citroen Racing
Mr Cool
Mr Cool A jovial Seb in Citroen’s swish ‘Wave’ hospitality suite and laid back beyond belief, seemingly unaware of the event’s poignancy. Shortly before leaving service for the final time he even found time to chill out and watch fellow Seb Sebastien Vettel blast into the lead of the Korean F1 GP… © Citroen Racing
Silhouette Seb
Silhouette Seb We love this photo of Seb taken early morning during a moment of relative privacy in Citroen’s hospitality suite. It’s probably the last photo of its kind of him for somewhat brighter, later starts now beckon as he turns to a career in the WTCC with the French make… © Citroen Racing
Blink and you'll miss him
Blink and you'll miss him That’s true on many viewing spots on a lot of rally stages as the cars flash past at insane speed but in France it was truer than ever thanks to persistent rain and fog which shrouded the countryside. Did that deter the public from cheering on their hero one last time? Not a bit… © Citroen Racing
Last Autograph
Last Autograph Goodness knows how many requests Loeb received from fans, arms stretched out, shouting for an autograph during the weekend. Here he puts pen to paper one last time as a WRC driver. Our photo also answers one question: he’s left handed. © Citroen Racing
Dust up
Dust up Not all of Rally France was held in gloomy weather. Here’s a great way to remember Seb and the special black and gold livery on his Citroen as, with a touch of opposite lock, he puts the power down exiting a hairpin. © Citroen Racing
Loeb Territory
Loeb Territory We don’t think the local authorities will be in too much of a hurry to remove this four-letter piece of graffiti off one of their roads. In fact we suggest they varnish it over and put barriers either side to prevent everyday road vehicles tarnishing the name of the region’s greatest sporting hero. © Citroen Racing
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