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WRC's 50 Greatest Moments: Loeb breaks records in 2008

The 2008 FIA World Rally Championship season was dominated by a certain flying Frenchman in a Citroën C4.

By this point, Sébastien Loeb was already a four-time world champion with a series of championship records to his name. At the 2008 Rally New Zealand, he added another impressive statistic to his tally. 

Heavy rain in the build-up to the event forced a change to the itinerary, with the 43 km Waitomo stage having to be split into two due to a landslip. 

As championship leader, Loeb was forced to open the road on the first day, a task which was seen as a disadvantage in such slippery conditions. But despite that - and despite nearly rolling his C4 on the first test, the Frenchman was able to set a front-running pace and went into the final day hot on the heels of Ford's Mikko Hirvonen. 

He passed Hirvonen in the final leg to secure his eighth win of the season before going on to seal his fifth world title after triumphing at three of the remaining four rallies that year, taking his total number of wins in one season to 11 - a record which remains unbeaten to this day.

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