Rally superstar and legend Sebastien Loeb bowed out from the sport with yet another win in Spain, wrapping up yet another world title.
Loeb struggled early on day 1 with plenty of rain on gravely conditions proving a tough test
for the Frenchman on his final Fulltime WRC Rally.
But as the cloud cleared and the stages moved onto Asphalt, Loeb gained control yet again and took top spot, which is where he stayed for the rest of the rally, but not without a great fight put up by Jari-Matti Latvala, who just came out second best, which has been the case so often this year for the Fin.
Loeb had this to say immediately after the rally. “We were really struggling in the start because it was really tricky on the first day. On the Tarmac I was able to take the lead but today was not easy because we had some strange tyre choice and Jari-Matti was pushing very hard and getting closer.”
Mikko Hirovenen’s impressively consistent season ended with a 3rd place in Spain, sealing his 2nd place in this year’s rankings.
Mads Ostberg span from 2nd the 4th in Spain which resulted in him finishing 4th overall in the standings this season, Jarkko Nikara finished a season best 5th thanks to the retirements of Ott Tanak and Hans Weijs.
Craig Breen came in a satisfying 6th to clinch his SWRC Title whilst Aussie Chris Atkinson rocked up in 7th in his Mini, P.G Andersson snatched 8th for Proton whilst Dani Sordo came in a disappointing 9th in his final rally for the Mini team, Evgeny Novikov held onto 10th despite a 10 minute time penalty also.
The 2013 Rally season begins on the 15th January in Monte Carlo.