Loeb extends his Monte Carlo lead

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The Independent Online

Sébastien Loeb of Citroën extended his lead in the Monte Carlo rally yesterday, but another Frenchman, Sébastien Ogier, crashed heavily and retired.

Loeb, the eight-times world champion, ended the second leg of the season-opening event one minute 37 seconds ahead of the Spaniard Dani Sordo in a Mini, with Ford's Norwegian Petter Solberg third.

Ogier, driving a Skoda, had kept up with the leaders in the icy conditions but crashed on the day's final stage.

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