The retirement of Sebastien Loeb is as rare as a winning lottery ticket, the retirement of Sebastien Auger is just as rare.

But for both of these two great World Rally Champions to retire on the same day – imagine what chances you get for that?

However, that’s exactly what happened on Friday at the Portugal Rally, when both returned to the World Rally Championship during their 2022 partial campaigns; quite a contrast to their pulsating battle for victory last time on the hills over Monaco.

Loeb was in the lead for the M-Sport, but crashed into a wall and hit the right back of his Puma, which was unrepairable. Auger got a puncture a stage later, losing traction in third place, before another flat – and only one spare in the trunk of his Toyota – in the next test brought him out during the day.

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