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Sebastian Loeb has extended his lead as frontrunner in the WRC season opener.
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Loeb extends Monte Carlo rally lead

Loeb extends Monte Carlo rally lead

Sebastian Loeb has extended his lead at the Monte Carlo rally after an impressive day two in the Citroen Ds3.

While Daniel Sordo and Petter Solberg continued their battle for second place, the eight-time champion powered the French car to the fastest time in three of the four stages held on Wednesday (January 18th).

At the end of day two, Loeb led Sordo by 1 minute, 37.2 seconds, with Solberg just three seconds further back in the Ford Fiesta WRC.

Meanwhile, Loeb's new team-mate Mikko Hirvonen is adjusting quickly to life behind the Ds3's wheel, climbing from sixth to fourth overnight.

However, Sebastien Ogier, who was edged out at Citroen to make way for Hirvonen, drove his Skoda off the track in the final stage and is now out of the race.

"Today was easier than yesterday, more like a normal Tarmac rally but it was still tricky because it was very muddy in places," Loeb commented.

"But I was feeling good so I tried to push. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow and with the conditions suiting me today I tried to take everything I can."

Posted by Louise Clark