Rallying: Loeb surges past unlucky Hirvonen
Monday 09 May 2011
Sebastien Loeb stretched his lead in the World Rally Championship standings to seven points over Mikko Hirvonen after completing a consummate victory in Sardinia yesterday.
The Frenchman began the fifth race of the season expecting a tough time in his role as first man on track – therefore clearing a line through the dusty gravel for drivers behind – but instead set competitive times from start to finish on his way to victory by 11 seconds from Ford's Hirvonen, who suffered a puncture when battling with Loeb for the lead.
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