Frenchman Sebastien Loeb has won Wales Rally GB, to round off his seventh championship winning season with a record-breaking 62nd rally victory.

The win was particularly sweet for Loeb, the leader of the Citroen Total squad, who marked the end of the two-litre world rally car era with the 36th victory for the outgoing Citroen C4 WRC.

Loeb and his co-driver Daniel Elena took the rally lead from Citroen privateer Petter Solberg during Saturday’s competition, and went on to finish 19.1 seconds ahead of the Norwegian after extending their advantage on each of Sunday’s four stages.

BP Ford Abu Dhabi Team team driver Jari-Matti Latvala finished third, 1min 16sec behind Solberg, to secure the runner-up spot in this year’s drivers’ championship. His team-mate Mikko Hirvonen slipped to fourth, 18 seconds further back, in the second work team Focus RS WRC.

Citroen Junior Team driver Dani Sordo finished fifth, 18.9 seconds behind Hirvonen.

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