How Hirvonen gave Loeb the fight of his life

How Hirvonen gave Loeb the fight of his life

For the first time in six years, Sebastien Loeb arrived at the WRC season finale trailing in the points. He eventually won another title, but Mikko Hirvonen had pushed him to the limit, as David Evans explains

It would, perhaps, be unfair to wheel out the final line of TS Eliot's The Hollow Men – the one about this being the way the world ends, before going on about bangs and whimpers. But there was a modicum of that in Cardiff last week.

Friday, day one of Rally GB, was fantastic. Talking to the drivers on the car park of the Sun Inn in St Harmon on Friday afternoon (they were there for their refuel, I was there for mine...), the excitement was incredible. It was happening. This fight of fights which we'd seen come to life in the second half of the season was truly living up to its billing.

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