Sebastien Loeb has won the World Rally Championship for a record-extending sixth time after claiming victory on Rally GB.
The Citroen driver had arrived at the season finale one point behind Mikko Hirvonen and facing his toughest title battle in many years, but led the rally throughout.
Hirvonen (Ford) admitted he had been too cautious on Friday's opening loop, but fought back and cut Loeb's lead from 9s to 2.4s by SS7.
But then Loeb all but secured the championship with an incredible performance on the next two stages, where he extended his lead to a comfortable 25s.
Hirvonen started closing in again on Sunday morning until his bonnet came loose and obscured his view on the penultimate stage, forcing him to stop and remove it, and leaving Loeb free to cruise to victory and the world championship.