• Jan 28, 2008

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Rally-racing superstar Sebastien Loeb drove into the history books this past Sunday in Monaco when he and co-driver Daniel Elena (a native of Monaco) took the checkered flag at the Monte Carlo Rally for a record fifth time. The Monaco stages kicked off the 2008 World Rally Championship, and Loeb is hoping that the victory at the season opener will be the first of many as he and Elena campaign for their fifth consecutive WRC title.

Although Dani Sordo, Loeb's team-mate at Citroen, put up an early fight, Sordo retired from second place with engine problems, leaving Loeb with an eventual two-and-a-half second lead over Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen. Acknowledging Loeb's repeated domination in Monte Carlo, Hirvonen was satisfied with his second-place finish.

This was the last time the Monte Carlo Rally counts towards the World Rally Championship, as next year the event joins the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The WRC picks up again in Sweden on February 8.

We've selected some of the finer action shots from the Monaco Rally and assembled them into a high-res gallery below.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The only time I ever wrote a letter to a TV network was when SPEED(channel) stopped showing the WRC.

      It was becoming a family tradition to watch SPEED(channel), all day, on January 1st because they would replay the entire WRC season and WRC is cool--and never boring!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank you for the report. News coverage on the WRC is sadly quite minimal in the US. So I usually watch some highlights of WRC. This year when I saw some highlights on DVD about Sebastian Loeb: http://dealstudio.com/searchdeals.php?deal_id=80975&ru=279 , I was sure that Loeb sold his soul to be so fast! Ya, Great !
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a Spoiler alert for those of us (read everybody in the us) that has to wait for the rally to be available for download somewhere.
        • 6 Years Ago
        look at the WRC homepage..they offer live video feeds for the "I life in a Nascar TV country" Rally fans..


        They showed the complete last Monte Carlo stage live there

      • 6 Years Ago
      Cant wait for the WRC to be here in Mexico this year, is going to be from February 28 to March 2!!!

      Last year it was so cool!!! Take a look at the video I took from last year:

      • 6 Years Ago
      I miss seeing WRC on speed. Watching on-line does not do it for me. It's nice to be able to keep current but I want to see it on a big screen. Compared to F1 WRC is much more exciting, even the back markers have entertaining runs. I hope someone gives Loeb a good run this year, but I doubt it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Loeb had a 2.5 MINUTE lead over Hirvonen, not 2.5 second lead as the author of the article wrote.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i wish we had wrc on television in the US :(

      how can we have tour d' spandex bicycle racing but not world rally?
      • 6 Years Ago
      WTF? I thought Monte Carlo was dropped this year, or is that 2009? I gotta start watching TV again I guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WRC is awesome. I'm a US based fan and have been to two races so far. I made it to the 2005 Rallye Deutschland and the 2007 Rallye de France (Tour de Corse). I was able to meet Sebastien Loeb (big fans) and Marcus Gronholm at the French Rally.

      We should start a US based fan club if there isn't one already.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Loeb is a God.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With Marcus Gronholm retired there really isnt any competition to Leob this year. I'm sure he will win most of the events by a similar 2.5min, this may make the WRC a little predictable this year, but what are you going to do when you have a superstar like Loeb, certainly not add weight or restrictor plates etc. then I would stop taking an interest.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't the current WRC cars have restrictor plates plates fitted on the turbo inlets?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The restrictor plates are to limit HP and apply to all cars for the whole season, not just in the car that happens to be leading the championship or winning this week.
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