Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala won the Wales Rally GB on Sunday, ending reigning champion Sebastien Loeb’s run of five-straight victories in the World Rally Championship.
Latvala won by 27.8 seconds, his first taste of victory since February in an otherwise disappointing season and the first win for his Ford team since Portugal in April.
Citroen’s Loeb took second place by just 0.8 seconds from Latvala’s teammate Petter Solberg, with Mads Ostberg fourth.
"It has been incredible," Loeb said of the rally in comments on the WRC website.
The result increases Loeb’s championship lead over teammate Mikko Hirvonen and leaves the Frenchman in a near-impregnable position with three rallies remaining.
Hirvonen was fifth but took the three bonus points for being fastest on the Power Stage.
Russian driver Evgeny Novikov came in sixth, working with replacement co-driver Ilka Minor because of an injury to his regular co-driver.
“I think it's a very good result. Everything worked very well with Ilka,” he said on the WRC website.