NINE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION SEBASTIEN LOEB CLAIMED HIS FIRST WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY IN MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AS HE WON THE RALLY DE ESPANA
Nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb is back on the top step of the podium after a long wait.
Loeb, who retired from full-time rallying in 2012 and now competes in just a handful of races a season, hadn't won a race since 2013 Rally Argentina.
Having carried a 7.1-second lead into the final two stages, Loeb only just held on in his Citroen Abu Dhabi Total, with Sebastien Ogier coming finishing just 2.9 seconds behind in second.
Finishing as runner-up was enough to take Ogier to the top of the World Championship standings, three points ahead of Thierry Neuville, who finished fourth for Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT.
The title will be decided in the final rally of the season in Australia, which gets underway on 15th November.
Ogier's M-Sport Ford teammate Elfyn Evans took the final spot on the podium, 13.6 seconds further back.
The victory was the 79th of Loeb's career, as the 44-year-old Frenchman contested just his third race of the season.