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Seventh heaven for all-conquering rally ace Loeb

Loeb completed his home rally in triumph to seal a seventh straight world rally title.
Loeb completed his home rally in triumph to seal a seventh straight world rally title.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Seventh straight world rally championship title for Sebastien Loeb
  • Frenchman dominated his home rally to clinch the crown yet again
  • Nearest challenger Sebastien Ogier could only finish sixth in France

(CNN) -- Frenchman Sebastien Loeb won his home rally Sunday to clinch the seventh world title of his all-conquering career.

The Citroen C4 ace led from start to finish and capped a one-two-three for his team at the finish in Strasbourg.

Spaniard Dani Sordi and Norway's Petter Solberg occupied the other podium positions.

But it was all about Loeb, who has won his titles in seven straight years and has guaranteed victory in this year's championship race with two races to spare.

After wrapping up his sixth win in 11 rallies this season, Loeb admitted it was great to clinch another world crown on home roads.

This is the best result for me to win the championship here in France
--Sebastien Loeb
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"This is fantastic," Loeb told the official world rally championship website.

"This has been a very impressive rally. It has been very difficult and I didn't expect so many people to be here. This is the best result for me to win the championship here in France."

Sordo suffered problems with a water hose on his car and came in over 30 seconds behind his teammate, while Sebastien Ogier, the only man who could have denied Loeb the title, finished sixth.

The young Frenchman is 60 points behind Loeb in second place in the standings after a fine season, including a maiden success in Portugal.

Loeb can now relax, with Citroen also wrapping up the manufacturers' title, for the final two races of the season in Spain and Britain.