January 20, 2013

7th Monte Carlo win for Loeb

Surprising probably no one, it was the semi retired Sebastien Loeb who took victory at the 81st edition of the Monte. It is Loeb's seventh win of Monegasque classic.   Behind Loeb, the next rising star, Sebastien Ogier and a great first result for the Volkswagen Polo R WRC on it's first outing.

The rally, characterized this year was by brutal weather and road conditions, was shortened on the final day because of safety concerns.
Aside from the massive crowds standing, in darwinian rally fan tradition, pretty much where they could be mowed down at any moment, a group of spanish fans had to be rescued after falling down an embankment stopping the race.

The final day saw some high profile retirements, Ford's Evgeny Novikov and Juho Hanninen and VW' Jari-Matti Latvala were all victims of the dreaded Col de Turini. Check out Latvala's brutal crash.

With his 7th win at the Monte Carlo Rally Loeb, who will only compete in 4 WRC events this year, further cements his position as arguably one of the best racing drivers of all times.
 (more videos after the jump)

It's a shame WRC has fallen so far off the radar, millions will watch artificial, edited productions of a rally car dodging cones but not bother following those dodging rock walls and 1000' cliffs with no chance for a second take, literally.

1. Sébastien Loeb – Daniel Elena (Citroen Ds3 Wrc) in 5’18’57”2
2. Sébastien Ogier – Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R Wrc) + 1’39”9
3. Daniel Sordo – Carlos Del Barrio (Citroen Ds3 Wrc) + 3’49”0
4. Mikko Hirvonen – Jarmo Lehtinen (Citroen Ds3 Wrc) + 5’26”3
5. Bryan Bouffier – Xavier Panseri (Citroen Ds3 Wrc) + 8’13”1
6. Mads Ostberg - Jonas Andersson (Ford Fiesta Wrc) + 12’03”7
7. Martin Prokop– Michal Ernst (Ford Fiesta Wrc) + 23’27”3
8. Sepp Wiegand – Frank Christian (Skoda Fabia S2000) + 29’34”5
9. Oliver Burri - André Saucy (Peugeot 207 S2000) + 35’38”2
10. Michal Kosciuszko – Maciej Szczepaniak (Mini BMW Wrc) + 36’28”0


  1. Agree that it's a real shame the WRC doesn't get the attention it deserves. Watching the on board footage of these guys is utterly awe inspiring for anyone who knows how to drive a car properly. I genuinely believe that Loeb might be the best driver in history.

  2. Why does anyone else show up and race when he's there? Seriously. What's his win percentage, 80% or something?

    1. I calculated those numbers (rough figures, using wiki) last year after he won the German round (so adjust to your liking):

      Asphalt Rallyes won: 28/33 - 85% (since 2003)
      Total Rallyes won: 69/121 - 58% (since 2004)
      World Championships: 9/9 - 100% (since 2004)

      He is the grand master of WRC and as stated, one of the best racing drivers ever.

  3. IMO, while I agree that rally drivers are technically among the best, the event itself isn't really compelling. I wonder if some sort of Targa Florio staggered-start "race" rather than the sort of bogus "rally" that really doesn't require any more skills than being able to shout out pace notes in Scandinavian would be more viewer-friendly. Certainly it would be easier to present as a one-day event. You could use the same mid-horsepower cars and run on many of the same roads, in all weather conditions.

  4. "...the sort of bogus "rally" that really doesn't require any more skills than being able to shout out pace notes in Scandinavian would be more viewer-friendly."


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