After seeing off a determined challenge from team-mate Mikko Hirvonen and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen, Loeb was able to pull clear through today’s stages to claim the victory.
Ford World Rally Team’s Petter Solberg and co-driver Chris Patterson have finished third at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
New Zealand marks Loeb’s fifth victory in this season’s FIA World Rally Championship.
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Check out day 1 of the 2014 WRC Rally de Espana