Loeb takes early lead at Wales Rally GB

Sebastien Loeb took the overall lead Thursday on the first day

of the Wales Rally GB as the Frenchman closes in on an eighth

straight world title at the season-ending race.

After three stages of the 13th round, the Citroen driver leads

by 0.7 seconds over Finnish title rival Mikko Hirvonen, who is

eight points behind in the championship.

Loeb, Hirvonen and Jari Matti Latvala of Finland each won a

stage.

Loeb says on the WRC website that ”it was very slippery. There

was a lot of mud and the grip was changing at every corner.”