Veteran Loeb turns back clock to lead Rally Turkey

Sébastien Loeb was the surprise leader of Rally Turkey on Friday night after a vintage performance from the nine-time world rally champion. Team-mate Thierry Neuville, driving an identical Hyundai i20, was second, just a tenth ahead of championship leader Sébastien Ogier in a Toyota Yaris. Less than five seconds covered the top six after a frantic opening to this fifth round of the season. Loeb, competing on his first rally since January’s season-opening fixture in Monte-Carlo, was second in the two speed tests, despite never having driven these roads before. He held off Ogier who had the best visibility as the road opener and won the following Gökçe test.

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