The second morning of Rallye de France-Alsace has been a tale of the two Sebastiens. Volkswagen’s Ogier was fastest through the opening two tests before Citroen’s Loeb secured his 900th stage win in the last of the loop.

The tenth stage begins with a steep climb littered with hairpin corners up a mountainside as far as the Col du Wettstein. After that the character switches to a fast and technical section through the Orbey forest, then onto narrow roads through the village of Labaroche. It ends with a wider downhill blast to the finish in Orbey.

Loeb was quickest by 2.9sec in his Citroen DS3 from Jari-Matti Latvala and headed towards the 15-minute remote service in Colmar unperturbed by what was a difficult morning up to then.

“In the first stage the settings weren’t good and in the next one I spun, so for the first time I had no problems here, no mistakes. We lost a lot of time yesterday and today, but I’m here to enjoy myself. I don’t need the points so I will drive as I see,” said Loeb after setting another record in World Rally competition.