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Loeb takes Citroen to rally win


Sebastien Loeb beat Mikko Hirvonen on Sunday to win the Mexican Rally

Frenchman Loeb, a seven-time world champion, took first place after Citroen teammate Sebastien Ogier crashed out in the first of the final day's three stages. Ogier had led after the opening two days before breaking the front-left wheel of his car in Sunday's opening trial.

Loeb finished 1min 38sec ahead of Finnish driver Hirvonen, with Ford team-mate and countryman Jari-Matti Latvala 45 seconds behind.

"That was a very hard weekend. We've done nearly a perfect weekend," Loeb said. "Some little troubles but not so much with a new car, so I was quite happy for that."

Hirvonen, who won the opening rally of the season in Sweden in February, also won three bonus points by finishing the final stage in Mexico quickest.

"It's been a great start. I've just been good old consistent me," Hirvonen said. "I can't really match the Citroens for speed, so I took it steady and I'm really happy with this result."

The World Rally Championship consists of 13 events. After two rallies, Hirvonen leads the standings with 46 points.


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