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GP Week : Issue 167
33 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: For two long days it really looked as if the mighty Citroen rally empire was going to be comprehensively defeated. Jari-Matti Latvala was on his way to a repeat of his win of last year and his teammate, and initial rally leader, Petter Solberg was in second place. On the final day however the Citroens, which had been woefully slow until then, found their form and Sebastien Loeb was able to pass Solberg into second place. Nothing however could deny Latvala the seventh victory of his WRC career, which had begun on this event 10 years ago. 27 year-old Latvala sprung into unbeatable form on the first morning when the Citroens struggled to find grip in the slippery conditions, and he went on to win Rally GB for the second year running. Quite the reverse of form. Citroen left Britain defeated but assured that either Loeb or Hirvonen would win the Drivers' title but the Manufacturer's title cannot be claimed ... for the moment. It had been seven months since a works Ford, once again Latvala, had stood at the top of the podium of a WRC event. It was a constant matter of so near, yet so far. Apart from Loeb's wins from 2008-2010, British built rally cars had won this event with only one exception since the last millennium. This is a win the company desperately needed for corporate confidence in the sport. The shock of the visibly improved traction of the Citroens in the last gravel event, Finland, had given the M-Sport team an unwanted reality check. So it was all the more surprising that both Loeb and Hirvonen said the stages on the Friday and Saturday were too slippery for them. The new late summer date for the rally created conditions not experienced since 2005, but suddenly the one strength of their rivals had evaporated. The rally soon settled into a pattern, with the two works Fords, Loeb's Citroen and Ostberg's private Ford pulling away from Mikko Hirvonen's Citroen and a stream of world rally cars. RALLY >>> WALES GB