Loeb closes in on seventh WRC title with Rally Germany win

The Citroen driver ends the final "Circus Maximus" inner-city stage in Trier with an overall 51.3-second advantage over fellow Citroen driver Dani Sordo.

BERLIN // World champion Sebastien Loeb edged closer to his seventh consecutive title when he won Rally Germany with a dominating performance today. The Citroen driver, 36, led the rally from day one and ended the final "Circus Maximus" inner-city stage in Trier with an overall 51.3-second advantage over fellow Citroen driver Dani Sordo from Spain, back in the main team after competing Rally Finland with the company's junior squad.

Citroen made a clean podium sweep with the junior team driver Sebastien Ogier in third place, 1min 22sec behind Loeb. BP Abu Dhabi Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala came in fourth with Petter Solberg in fifth with his Citroen. This was Loeb's 59th world championship win and his eighth in a row at the German rally. He leads the title race on 191 points, 58 ahead of second-placed Ogier. * Reuters