followed up the conclusion of his successful World Rally Championship season by winning the Rallye du Var on Sunday, the final round of the French Rally Championship.
With his wife Severine taking over the co-driving duties aboard their Citroen C4 WRC, the couple's
victory on home ground was a clear one: they completed the event with an overall advantage of nearly two minutes on the nearest challenger. Stephane Sarrazin and his Peugeot 207 S2000 took the runner-up position, while Patrick Henry completed the podium at the controls of a Peugeot 307.
Loeb's WRC co-driver Daniel Elena also took part in the event, but on this occasion he was a competitor to his Citroen teammate. At the controls of a C2-R2 MAX, Elena finished a faraway 54th, having simply enjoyed the thrill of the drive.
The Loeb & Loeb crew was very pleased to have won a round of their national championship after dealing with a wide range of meteorological conditions over the weekend.
"It's always very enjoyable to win a rally," Sebastien Loeb
"And I prefer to kiss Severine on the podium rather than Daniel!"
"It was a super weekend, I had a lot of fun in the car," Severine Loeb happily reported. "I made a big mistake yesterday [costing them three minutes] but my dearest took it all back. Can't wait until the next rally!"
F1 driver Robert Kubica also took part in the Rallye du Var, behind the wheel of a Renault Clio R3; he reached the finish in 29th position.
"Apart from four wheels, pedals and a steering wheel, F1 and rally are two completely different sports," he said before the race began. "In F1 you need precision, whereas experience comes first and foremost in rally."