Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Loeb wins in Mettet with Team Peugeot Total teammate Hansen third.
Loeb led from the opening corner on the Circuit Jules Tacheny this Sunday. The Frenchman got the hole-shot off the line in the final to head Johan Kristoffersson initially through the tight right-hander, despite the championship leader briefly being kicked up on two wheels against the inside barrier as the six-car field funnelled into turn one.
Loeb then sustained the pressure from Petter Solberg and scored a popular win, the second of his WRX career. This is his and Peugeot’s first WRX win since Latvia 2016.
Solberg and Hansen completed the podium, with a recovering Mattias Ekstrom grabbing fourth from championship leader Johan Kristoffersson.
Despite a disappointing result in the final, Kristoffersson still leads the overall standings (75 points), ahead of Loeb (66), Solberg (65), Bakkerud (61) and Hansen (59).