2005 Rally Deutschland ****Spoiler****
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    Wow - great result for the French teams! Another dominant win by Loeb and a top result by Duval. With the Peugeot's coming in for 3rd and 4th. At least when they bow out at the end of this season it will be on a high!
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    Reigning champion Sebastien Loeb took his eighth win of the year and moved within reach of his second drivers' crown with a dominant performance in the OMV ADAC Rallye. The Citroen team were the pacesetters by some margin, with Francois Duval finishing a solid second to boost the French outfit's manufacturers' title hopes.
    Loeb was never headed on the asphalt stages around Trier to take his fourth win in Germany, while Duval returned to the sort of pace that showed his promise at Ford last year and resulted in Citroen signing him for 2005. An 18-point tally for Loeb and the now in-form Duval have moved Citroen back ahead of sister company Peugeot in the race for the makes' crown, although Peugeot once again proved it's best of the rest with third and fourth for double champion Marcus Gronholm and Markko Martin.

    Loeb - who now has a tally of 93 points to Gronholm's 61 - just has to finish eight points ahead of Gronholm in the upcoming Wales Rally GB to secure his second title. "Of all the wins I've taken here, this one was the easiest," he said. "It was a good fight with Francois, but it was clear from the second day that everything was going to be okay. It was slippery with all the loose gravel on the road, but the fact that it didn't rain made a big difference. Really it would have been fun to fight more closely, but no-one likes driving in the rain. The car has been fantastic from start to finish. If you're going for the title you can never relax, but now we have a good advantage."

    Gronholm's third place overall, which he admitted from the start was the best he could hope for, helped the Finn consolidate second place in the drivers' standings as Subaru struggled. 2003 title winner Petter Solberg initially struggled to match the pace of the similarly Pirelli-shod Peugeots in Germany, but his challenge was stymied by gearbox problems on leg two. Asphalt ace Stephane Sarrazin was a comfortable match for his more experienced team-mate, but also hit trouble with a lack of handbrake and a time-costly off on leg one that ultimately put him out of the fight.

    Both Solberg and Sarrazin recovered to finish in the points in seventh and eighth overall, but a solid sixth place for works Ford driver Roman Kresta ensure that the Blue Oval stays 10 points ahead in the manufacturers' title chase. The Czech did well, but failed to hold off a concerted attack from Mitsubishi's Gigi Galli for fifth in the closing stages as both the rookie drivers emerged ahead of their more experienced team-mates. Harri Rovanpera - whose last asphalt event was in Sanremo in 2002 - struggled for speed in the lead Mitsubishi and finished 10th, while Ford's Toni Gardemeister had good reason to feel disappointed after electrical problems cost him 20 minutes and dropped him from fifth out of the running on Saturday's second leg.

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    Skoda had another nightmare rally. French asphalt ace Alex Bengue crashed out on the opening leg and was withdrawn to allow Skoda to focus on future events, while Armin Schwarz spun out of his home event on Saturday's second leg and damaged his engine. Czech Jan Kopecky was on course to score a potential ninth place until he lost a wheel on Sunday's morning loop of stages. Works Subaru driver Chris Atkinson was never truly on the pace on his asphalt debut, but finished 11th, just ahead of Ford privateer Dani Sola, who impressed at times and briefly held fifth place on Saturday before hydraulic problems knocked him back down the order. Citroen privateer Xavier Pons finished ninth, but it was a bad rally for his Austrian team-mate Manfred Stohl, who retired from the rally on Saturday.
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    Considering how much he has struggled this year, it was a really good come back by Duval.

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    Quadruple victory for PSA!

    I hope that Peugeot will get one more victory before quitting the WRC.
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    Duval just saved himself with that good result.

    Great drive by Gigi Galli also, clinching 5th in the penultimate stage.
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