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Sebastian Loeb has won his sixth straight WRC title after narrowly edging out rival Mikko Hirvonen by one point at the season-ending Rally of Great Britain

27 Oct 2009 | International News : U.K.

Going into the final race of the season, the Rally of Great Britain, Finn Mikko Hirvonen of Ford was leading from Loeb by just one point. This set up a nail-biting climax for the end of the season, with the British rally becoming the title deciding race.

With Loeb chasing Hirvonen in the standings, the Frenchman knew he had to gun for it. And he did it in style, leading the race from start to finish. Hrivonen managed to put up a fight though, as he kept the gap between himself and the Citroen driver for much of the first two days. However, a mishap on the final day, when the bonnet of Hirvonen’s Ford Focus rally car came loose, put paid to the Finn’s hopes of catching Loeb. The Frenchman eventually won the race, crossing the finish line in his Citroen C4 rally car over a minute ahead of Hirvonen.

"I'm really happy for this one because Mikko is strong," Loeb told World Rally Championship radio, "A sixth title is awesome. It's been a season of highs and lows - it's a huge moment. The battle was so intense."

Hirvonen said: "It was definitely the best year I've ever had but a big disappointment in the end. I need to go back to work and try to find more speed for next year."

Loeb’s Citroen teammate Daniel Sordo took the final podium position and finished third in the Driver’s Championship, which meant that Citroen won the Manufacturer’s Championship for the second year in a row. Hirvonen’s teammate and fellow countryman Jari-Matti Latvala was fourth in the Driver’s Standings, after coming home seventh in the rally.
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