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Loeb makes it five from five in Argentina

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  • World rally champion Sebastien Loeb clinches his fifth victory from five races
  • The Frenchman defeats his Citroen team-mate Dani Sordo in Argentina Rally
  • Principle title rival Mikko Hirvonen was forced to retire with an engine problem
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(CNN) -- World champion Sebastien Loeb clinched his fifth victory in the five rounds of the 2009 World Rally Championship so far with another impressive performance in the Rally of Argentina on Sunday.

Frenchman Loeb is turning the 2009 World Rally Championship into a procession after five wins in a row.

Frenchman Loeb is turning the 2009 World Rally Championship into a procession after five wins in a row.

The Frenchman dominated the second day to take a 20-point lead in the standings, although he was fortunate that main rival Mikko Hirvonen retired with an engine problem.

Loeb was quickest in the superspecial on Thursday night but in the first proper stage he lost the lead to Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala.

At the end of leg one Loeb was third, 16 seconds behind the leader and his Citroen team-mate Dani Sordo, but he was unstoppable over the weekend, leaving Sordo to settle for second overall, one minute 13.1 seconds behind.

Loeb told www.autosport.com: "We had a good fight with Mikko until Saturday midday but then he had to retire and it was a bit less exciting. But I enjoyed this rally a lot."

Sordo added: "It's a very good result and for the team and Sebastien's championship. I'm really happy with this weekend."

Latvala was on course for third but an electrical problem pegged him back eight minutes this morning and he ended up sixth, behind Henning Solberg in third, fourth-placed Federico Villagra and Matthew Wilson in fifth position.

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