Loeb eases closer to seventh Monte Carlo title
- Published: 19/01/2013 at 12:45 AM
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World champion Sebastien Loeb eased closer to a seventh Monte Carlo Rally victory on Friday when he opened a lead of 1min 47sec over fellow-Frenchman Sebastien Ogier.
French driver Sebastien Loeb steers his Citroen DS3 on January 18, 2013 in the Col de la Machine, southeastern France. Loeb eased closer to a seventh Monte Carlo Rally victory on Friday when he opened a lead of 1min 47sec over fellow-Frenchman Sebastien Ogier.
Nine-time world champion Loeb has led the season-opener since the second stage in his Citroen and with only five stages to be raced in and around Monaco on Saturday, Ogier looks likely to settle for second place in the debut-making Volkswagen.
Loeb is only racing four events in the 2013 championship, but that hasn't dented his competitive edge, which was illustrated by rounding off Friday's action with the fastest time through the closing stage.
With snow and ice again making driving conditions tricky, Loeb, like most of the front-runners, started the day with a combination of winter and asphalt tyres.
"It was the right decision for sure, but the mix is certainly not the most exciting to drive," said the Frenchman.
"But we have to do it because I think it's the best option. Overall I'm very happy with the job we have done today."
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