Citroen ace Sebastien Loeb powers to 50th world championship victory

By Sportsmail Reporter

Citroen ace Sebastien Loeb won his 50th world championship rally yesterday in Cyprus, setting a record that is unlikely to be beaten.

The 35-year-old Frenchman now holds every record worth having in the sport. He has five consecutive world titles, the most wins in a season - 11 in 2008 - and has won all three events in the current calendar.

Sebastien Loeb

Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena in action

Second place in Cyprus went to Mikko Hirvonen but, with his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala crashing again, Citroen are miles ahead of Ford in the manufacturers' race. Loeb has an eightpoint lead over Hirvonen in the drivers' championship.

Loeb said: 'It is great to have this record. When I started it was impossible to imagine I would get this number of victories.'

Norway's Petter Solberg, one of Loeb's biggest rivals, added: 'This is a great achievement and I take my hat off to him.'

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