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World champion Sebastien Loeb has withdrawn from the Acropolis Rally after suffering a crash that "destroyed" his Citroen C4 during Saturday's first stage of the seventh leg of the World Rally Championship.

The Frenchman, who won the first five rallies of the season, span off the road eight kilometres from the start of the 17.25km-Klenia Mycenae seventh stage on a high-speed sixth gear section. Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena both emerged unscathed from the crash, which is more than can be said for the C4.

"It was my fault," Loeb admitted. "It happened after I went around a high-speed right-hand corner, I was bit too sideways then the hit a big stone with the left-hand front wheel and that sent the car into the air. "The car rolled over five or six times. "The car is destroyed. There's no chance to return tomorrow - the race is over. We are okay, that's the main thing."

 

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