(CNN) -- Defending world champion Sebastien Loeb has completed a comfortable victory in the Rally of Germany -- his eighth career success in the race.
With Citroen's completing a clean sweep of the podium, the Frenchman came home 51.3 seconds ahead of Spain's Dani Sordo, with compatriot Sebastien Ogier in third place.
The Ford of Finland's-Matti Latvala finished fourth while Petter Solberg, in another Citroen, completing the top five.
Loeb's fifth win of the season means he is powering towards a remarkable seventh successive world title -- and he now holds a 58-point advantage over Ogier in the latest driver standings ahead of next month's race in Japan.
"I was very comfortable with the car, everything worked well and so another win in is brilliant," Loeb told reporters after the race.
With just four races remaining, Loeb is aware that he is now just two victories away from securing yet another title.
"Another two victories would be great because the end of the championship is beginning to close in on us," he added.