Latvala wins Wales Rally GB, Loeb 2nd

Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland won the Wales Rally GB on Sunday,

finishing 27.8 seconds clear of championship leader Sebastien Loeb

to claim a second victory of the season.

Loeb edged Petter Solberg to second place to take a 61-point

lead in the overall standings, meaning the Citroen driver is likely

to clinch a ninth straight title in his home French Rally at the

start of October.

Latvala, driving a Ford, wasn’t headed after taking the lead

after Friday’s third stage, with Loeb and Solberg never threatening

the 24.5-second advantage he held from Saturday.

The Finn, who also won the Wales Rally GB last year, says ”this

is a fantastic feeling. It’s one of my favorite rallies … and it

feels amazing to win again after such a big battle.”