Sebastien Loeb began his rallying comeback with a commanding win on French event the Rally of Var, with wife Severine co-driving.
The nine-time World Rally champion turned World Touring Car Championship frontrunner announced his Var participation two months before the news of his WRC comeback on the 2015 Monte Carlo Rally emerged.
Var is a popular test event for the Monte, and Loeb led from start to finish in his Citroen DS3 WRC in often very wet conditions.
He ultimately won by over three minutes from David Salanon's Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
French Tarmac champion and WRC regular Julien Maurin was the only man able to stay near Loeb, before he crashed out on the final morning when half a minute down.
Loeb will test the DS3 again before the Monte, which will be his first WRC appearance since what had been ostensibly his farewell rally in France last October.
He finished third in the WTCC in his first season of prioritising circuit racing, behind factory Citroen team-mates Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller.