There’s just no stopping Sebastien Loeb. Coming back to WRC after skipping the Mexico and Portugal rounds to indulge in some FIA GT Series fun (where he won first time out, naturally), he’s taking no time to get back to speed and is off to winning ways again in Rally Argentina.
That gives him his eighth Rally Argentina victory in a row. Loeb’s spiritual successor and Volkswagen number one Sebastien Ogier remains favourite for the WRC title, finishing second but a minute behind the nine-time world champion. Ogier’s teammate Jari-Matti Latvala took the last podium step, beating the M-Sport Ford pair of Evgeny Novikov and Thierry Neuville.
Citroen team leader for this year with Loeb in semi-retirement, Mikko Hirvonen had shown promising speed and impressively shadowed the rally legend to mount a victory threat, only to be side-lined by a puncture and major electrical problems. He ended up fighting for the minor points and ended up sixth.
Five rounds into the 2013 season, Ogier has three wins and two second places while Loeb has two victories and a second, excluding the two rallies he sat out. The two stands at the top of the standings, with Ogier already a shoe in for the crown as Loeb is only scheduled to contest one more rally this year – Rallye de France-Alsace in October. Between then and now, he’s off to the clouds driving the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.