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Loeb leads after day 2 of Germany Rally

Loeb leads after day 2 of Germany Rally

Sebastien Loeb stayed on course for his seventh consecutive victory at the Rally Germany when he increased his lead after two days of racing.
The Frenchman ended Saturday with a 40.3-second lead over Citroen teammate Dani Sordo of Spain.
Loeb won all but one of the day's eight special stages _ with the other one going to Sordo _ despite reducing the power of his Citroen to preserve the engine for later rallies.
"It's been a very good day, but now we've taken a bit of power from the engine so it's going to be difficult to win all the stages," four-time world champion Loeb said. "The important thing is I have a good lead for tomorrow and it's looking very positive. I'm not taking any big risks, just concentrating on keeping a good rhythm and, of course, having fun."
Championship leader Mikko Hirvonen of Finland struggled the whole day in his Ford and dropped from second to fourth when a left rear puncture in the final stage cost him nearly 40 seconds.
"The car felt quite different today," said Hirvonen, who leads Loeb overall by one point. "I need to be braver and I didn't have the confidence to drive flat out like yesterday. The nature of the stages was also different. I tried everything but we're just not there yet."
Francois Duval of Belgium took advantage of Hirvonen's mishap to move into third, 3.9 seconds ahead of the Finn.


Updated : 2021-10-21 11:26 GMT+08:00