Sebastien Loeb: A hero's home-coming

Sebastien Loeb: A hero's home-coming

Clinching victory – and his ninth world title – on home soil caused a fan furore around Monsieur Loeb not witnessed before in the WRC. David Evans was in Strasbourg to see it all play out

There were two low points on last weekend's Rallye de France – three if you include a terror suspect being shot dead not far from our hotel – but the two that really caught the eye were both significant issues.

Mice. Two of them: one in Thursday night's restaurant and one on Sunday night. Sunday night's intruder had already suffered damage to its front-right (similar to Petter Solberg) and was finished with a not-exactly merciful smack over the head with a dustpan. The amazing thing about these two episodes was the way the French seemed entirely unmoved by the big-eared, short-legged ones.

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