Loeb wins six of eight stages

Updated: May 8, 2010, 1:22 AM ET
Associated Press

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- World rally leader Sebastien Loeb of France won six of eight stages on the second day of the Rally of New Zealand to jump from seventh place to second place Saturday, 5.3 seconds behind Citroen teammate Sebastien Ogier.

Six-times world champion Loeb started the day 1 minute, 19.8 seconds off the lead held by Norway's Petter Solberg and trailed by more than 1 minute, 40 seconds after crashing on the fourth of nine stages Friday.

Loeb made up ground late on the opening day and continued a remarkable charge through the field Saturday, winning the first three stages. Loeb is positioned to win his fourth straight rally and claim the New Zealand title for the third time.


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