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Passing Schumacher and Rossi

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Sebastian Loeb now officially has the greatest record in Motorsports. At the Rally GB in Wales, he won his eighth consecutive world rally championship !! Now I have stated here before that I am a big fan of World Rally, and that I consider the drivers to be the most talented in the world. You face every kind of surface from snow to gravel to tarmac, and you have to be at or near the top on every one of them to be champion. Seb has dominated this sport for eight years in a row, and has competed against former world champions (McRae, Solberg, Sainz, Grunholm) and talented newcomers (Ogier, Hirvonen). And lest we forget, he lost the championship in 2003 by a single point on team orders, so this should really be nine. With this 8th world championship, he passes Michael Schumacher and Valentino Rossi, both of whom will go down in history as among the greatest in their respective sports. In the WRC, Seb will not be among the greatest, he simply is. I am not sure what accolades he can earn that have not already been bestowed other than "He was smart enough to retire on top." however, for those of us who are fans, you can't help but hope that he is back in the car next year trying for number 9....