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WRC – Record-breaking fifth GB win for Ogier & Ingrassia

07.10.18

Wales Rally GB - Sunday

Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia secured a remarkable victory on Wales Rally GB, an event that saw so many twists and turns in the fight for both outright victory and the Championship itself. The Frenchmen fought back from setbacks on Friday to take their first win since the Tour de Corse in April and in doing so become the most successful crew in this history of Rally GB with five wins. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila looked set to spoil their party by taking the lead three stages before the end, but the Finns dropped time in the closing two stages to claim second, 10.6 seconds behind. Their Toyota team-mates Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm rounded out the podium on another dramatic round of the Championship.

In the Drivers’ Championship, Thierry Neuville has managed to cling on to his lead but having only finished fifth, the Belgian’s advantage over Ogier has been slashed to just seven points with two rounds remaining. Ott Tänak’s heartbreaking retirement yesterday means he drops from second to third, a further 14 points behind. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, another double podium for Toyota sees the Japanese marque extend its advantage over Hyundai to 20 points.

Four crews went into today’s closing five stages and 50 competitive kilometres in the fight for victory, with Ogier holding a slim advantage. He pushed hard over the slippery stages and maintained his lead over Latvala until the Power Stage, which unusually ran as the second of the five stages. But, when Latvala picked up the maximum points for fastest time in this single stage, he leapt into a 3.6 second lead. The battle continued through the following stages with Latvala leading after SS21 before Ogier’s fightback and two stage wins saw him inch ahead of the Finn. In doing so, he has significantly boosted his Championship hopes and the battle looks set to go to the wire on the final round in Australia.

Behind Latvala and Lappi – who picked up a stage win today and his third podium of the season – Craig Breen finished a fine fourth overall for Citroen. The Irishman was on the outside of the four-way fight but he lost 26 seconds with a spin in the Power Stage and dropped out of the battle. After going off the road yesterday, Neuville managed to salvage fifth positon and two points in the Power Stage but the Belgian has lost significant ground at the head of the Championship table. Team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen and Hayden Paddon finished sixth and seventh respectively, the three Hyundai drivers and Mads Østberg all in a close-knit group. Østberg started the day fifth but gradually slipped back throughout the day, including with a spin, to finish eighth.

Kalle Rovanperä was another sensation of the event, the 18-year-old Škoda driver dominating the FIA WRC 2 Championship. He notched up his second WRC victory in just eight events to claim the win by more than 90 seconds over reigning category champion, Pontus Tidemand. Tom Williams also took a commanding victory in WRC 3, the Briton’s winning margin nearly five minutes over Enrico Brazzoli.

The penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship takes the contenders to the mixed surface Rally de España (25-28 October), where the twists and turns of this year’s thrilling title battle will resume.

Wales Rally GB – Final Unofficial Results (subject to scrutineering)

1

Sebastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia

Ford Fiesta WRC

3hr 06min 12.5sec

2

Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila

Toyota Yaris WRC

3hr 06min 23.1sec

3

Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm

Toyota Yaris WRC

3hr 06min 47.6sec

4

Craig Breen / Scott Martin

Citroen C3 WRC

3hr 07min 22.9sec

5

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

3hr 07min 26.9sec

6

Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

3hr 07min 28.4sec

7

Hayden Paddon / Sebastian Marshall

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

3hr 07min 30.9sec

8

Mads Østberg / Torstein Eriksen

Citroen C3 WRC

3hr 07min 34.1sec

9

Kalle Rovanperä / Jonne Halttunen

Škoda Fabia R5 (WRC 2)

3hr 15min 27.2sec

10

Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson

Škoda Fabia R5 (WRC 2)

3hr 17min 01.4sec