World Rally Championship

Sebastien Loeb retires in head-on collision after winning eighth title

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    Keith Collantine

    A somewhat anticlimactic end to the World Rally Championship: Sebastien Loeb automatically won the title when Mikko Hirvonen crashed out.

    Then Loeb retired in a bizarre incident that could have had disastrous consequences after he hit another car head-on:

    “We were on a road section and hit a car front on,” said the Citroen DS3 WRC driver. “I moved to the side [of the road] but we are in [Wales] and he is not [Welsh] so he went on the wrong side and we crashed. It was not a big impact but the radiator is holed, so we cannot go on. That’s it. But okay, we are world champion so no problems.”

    The vehicle Loeb was in collision with was a hire car belonging to two Spanish fans heading to the stage finish to support their hero Dani Sordo. The incident happened after a crest on a narrow section of road. There were no injures to any of the occupants.

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