France Rally of France (A French gendarme stands beside the wracked Citroen of nine time  Rally World Champion Sebastien Loeb an

Rally ace Sébastien Loeb had a rare off in the final World Rally Championship race of his career, as the wet tarmac at the Rally of France saw the French star deposit his Citroen DS3 WRC into the forest. Loeb, who won the WRC's Driver's Championship every year from 2004 to 2012, and co-driver Daniel Elena emerged from their car unscathed.

The wreck, according to AutoSport, happened yesterday on the first stage of the final day of competition in France. Loeb's been running a limited WRC schedule in 2013, and recently announced that he'd be campaigning Citroen's C-Elysee WTCC in the World Touring Car Championship next year.

There's on-board footage of the wreck in the video below, although exterior footage is limited to the very end of the crash. Scroll down for the full video.