SÃ©bastien Loeb seems to have been completely unlucky in his 100th WRC race. Not only did the Citroen driver receive a DNF on day two of the Swedish Rally because of mechanical problems, but he also was stopped by the police for speeding.
Sébastien Loeb seems to have been completely unlucky in his 100th WRC race. Not only did the Citroen driver receive a DNF on day two of the Swedish Rally because of mechanical problems, but he also was stopped by the police for speeding, according to Autosport.
This was not Loeb's first encounter with the 5-0 during a race. During the 2006 WRC Corona Rally Mexico, Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena were busted for driving with only one rear tire on a public road. In that instance, the police officer did not issue a ticket, but instead took a photo, called his mates at HQ, and gave the French driver an escort to the finish line. Loeb won that race.
This time, police were not as accommodating. The Swedish wrote Loeb up. Luckily, Loeb did not take a pinch in Finland, were income plays a huge role in the amount of fines. Back in 2004, an heir to a huge sausage empire was pulled over for going 80 km/h in a 40 km/h, and received a record fine of €170,000.
Speeding fines are based on income in Sweden, but they are capped at roughly €1,060. As Autoblog points out, Loeb is likely much more upset about retiring out of the race.
22-year-old driving sensation Jari-Matti Latvala ended up atop the podium for Ford, becoming the youngest driver to ever win a rally. Latvala and Loeb share second place right now, six points behind Mikko Hirvonen after two races. There are 13 races left in WRC season, with Mexico next on the calendar.