Loeb takes dominate win as Grönholm suffers penalty for underweight car

Loeb Rally Portugal

Triple World Rally Champion, Sébastien Loeb has added another rally win to his impressive career with a dominant display in his Citroën C4.

The Frenchman now leads the championship by a single point after his main rival, Finland’s Marcus Grönholm, received a five-minute time penalty for running non-homologated rear side windows in his Ford Focus.

Grönholm originally finished the Rally of Portugal in second – around 50 seconds behind Loeb – but was later given the penalty, meaning he finished fourth in the revising standings.

This in effect, promoted Petter Solberg and Dani Sordo to second and third respectively.

Despite this penalty, the Ford World Rally Team admits it was their mistake and will look into this situation to prevent this from happening again.

Nevertheless, the team still leads the constructors’ standings as the championship goes south for the Rally of Argentina in the first weekend of May. Can Sébastien continue his impressive start to his title defence campaign?

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