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Loeb takes command in Rally of Spain

SALOU, Spain (AFP) –

File picture of France's Sebastien Loeb in New Zeland in June

File picture of France’s Sebastien Loeb after driving his Citroen DS3 to win the Rally New Zealand, round 7 of the World Rally Championship, in Auckland on June 24, 2012. World champion Loeb, lying second overnight, picked up two of Saturday’s opening three special stages to take command of the season-closing Rally of Spain.

World champion Sebastien Loeb, lying second overnight, picked up two of Saturday’s opening three special stages to take command of the season-closing Rally of Spain.

The Citroen ace heads the standings by 18.9sec from Ford’s Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala, with another Ford competitor, Norway’s Mads Ostberg, who had led Loeb overnight, 47.9s away in third.

Ostberg was hampered after a mistake in the eighth stage.

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