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Loeb takes early lead at rally of France

10-02-2010 11:04 BJT

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Defending world champion Sebastien Loeb of France took the overall lead on the first day of the Rally of France, taking another step toward a seventh straight world title.

The men on the move through Friday afternoon were Citroen's Dani Sordo and Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala. Sordo was either fastest or second fastest through the first three stages of the afternoon to close on and pass Petter Solberg in SS6 and Sebastien Ogier in SS7 to finish the day in second.

Latvala put in a massive effort to move up to fourth, edging Solberg by four seconds heading into the second day.

Frenchman Sebastien Ogier, driving another Citroen, was third 25.6 seconds behind.

With three races remaining this season, Loeb managed to stretch his lead by six seconds, to arrive back in Strasbourg with a 22.7-second advantage.

Loeb leads the drivers' standings over Ogier by 43 points and can claim a seventh consecutive world title with a win on home soil.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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