Reigning FIA World Rally Champion, Sebastien Loeb, has put himself on course to become the most successful driver in the history of world rallying, by taking the WRC championship lead with victory on the Acropolis Rally in Greece.
The Frenchman, who now has 41 WRC victories to his name, has won a record-equaling four consecutive World Rally Championships - all with Citron - and if he and co-driver, Daniel Elena, remain in front until the end of the year, he will move ahead of Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Makinen in the all-time rankings.
Loeb's Acropolis win came despite suffering a puncture on the second day of the rally. The incident temporarily dropped him behind team-mate Dani Sordo, who later dropped to fifth after suffering a similar problem. Sordo was in fact the third of three Citron C4s to finish in the top five, as privateer Urmo Aava clinched fourth.
The next WRC action will be the Rally of Turkey on June 13 -15.
Results from 55th Acropolis Rally
1. S. Loeb/D. Elena (Citron C4) 3 h 54 min 54.7s
2. P. Solberg/P. Mills (Subaru Impreza) + 1 min 09.5s
3. M. Hirvonen/J. Lehtinen (Ford Focus) + 1 min 56.1s
4. U. Aava/K. Sikk (Citron C4) + 4 min 19.7s
5. D. Sordo/M. Mart (Citron C4) + 4 min 49.7s
6. M. Wilson/S. Martin (Ford Focus) + 6 min 11.3s
FIA World Rally Championship standings after round 7
1st. S. Loeb, 50 pts
2nd. M. Hirvonen, 49 points
3rd. C. Atkinson, 31 pts
4th. JM Latvala, 26 pts
5th. D. Sordo, 25 pts
6th. G. Galli, 17 pts
1st. Ford, 81 points
2nd. Citroen-Total, 79 pts
3rd. Subaru, 50 pts
4th. Stobart, 37 pts
5th. Munchi's,16 pts
6th. Suzuki, 10 pts