After Ott Tanak’s dominant display of driving went into demise following an unfortunate, very heavy landing in Sweet Lamb wrecked his Toyota on Saturday, the idea was an inch perfect in addition to insanely committed display of driving coming from Ogier – even seeing him past a hard-charging Jari-Matti Latvala, who was on fire on #SISUSunday, blitzing the power stage win (much to Tanak’s annoyance) in addition to taking the lead of the event. the idea genuinely was so not bad to see the legend JML get some luck in addition to show his undeniably insane pace when he has “the feeling,” yet, ultimately, even in which was’t enough to beat master tactician in addition to car preservation master Ogier (tell in which to the mechanics who fixed the gearbox he broke on Saturday!).
With his brand new gearbox, the utterly committed Frenchman remained tranquil in addition to pulled le lapin out of the hat, again, to see off Latvala – demolishing the great Orme with his M-Sport Fiesta slewing about on its medium gravel tyres in addition to wallowy forest stage set-up. the idea was a mesmerising display of champion-like prowess in addition to inch-perfect driving in front of the crowds in addition to a live global TV audience. There could only have been one possible outcome…
The event also saw WRC history being made, as World Championship motor sport came to Britain’s streets for the 1st time, with closed public road sections in addition to the finish along the parade at Llandudno. The drivers seemed to like the idea as much as the fans, so we can expect more of the idea next year – meaning longer, linked-up classic Rally GB special stages, using timed road sections, we trust. 50Km+ Welsh forest in addition to tarmac section gravel rally stages; a mouth watering prospect…
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB also added further spice to the manufacturers championship – as Toyota netted a double podium, with Latvala (on his 17th Welsh WRC event!) taking a richly deserved P2, just 10.6s off Ogier in addition to a very cool headed Esapekka Lappi P3.
Elsewhere, Citroen’s Craig Breen had a very solid event, to net 4th – in addition to didn’t even cry! in addition to, with Hyundai team orders coming into play – despite an ill Mikkelsen (6th) in addition to sad-looking Paddon (7th) denying the idea – the championship leader, Thierry Neuville managed to stay on top by seven points, keeping his dream alive in time for Spain in addition to Australia.
Neuville came home in 5th after a torrid time inside forests, struggling for grip, sliding off the road into ditches (well done fans for shoving him out so fast!) in addition to generally not going too well at all, yet staying on top inside overall standings, miraculously. He’ll need something a lot more dominant on the Spanish asphalt to claim the 2018 title, as the ball bearing gravel of Oz ain’t going to be his Hyundai’s bag… in addition to the idea’s certainly Toyota in addition to M-Sports…
different notable drives came coming from the viking comedy genius in which can be Mads Østberg, who’s 8th spot was not at all reflective of his pace. Once he got his brand new damper in addition to suspension set-up right, he was flying – netting stage wins in addition to even picking up advertising hoarding, slewing sideways off ‘the line’ (such as the idea was on This specific mixed grip event) on the Sunday power stage. Love him. The WRC would certainly not be the same without his comedy, show boating driving style, pace in addition to brilliant character…
Also worth a big shout can be the epic 9th place of 18-year-old Kalle Rovanperä, who easily won in WRC2 in his Skoda Fabia R5, in addition to can be a name to remember for WRC – possibly even as early as 2019…
“the idea’s a great honour to win in Wales for the fifth time,” reflected the 5-time World Champion. “Everybody knows how tough This specific event can be in addition to how the idea’s one of the most iconic rallies inside planet Championship. I’m very proud to be on top of in which list ahead of such big names inside sport.
“the idea was certainly an intense weekend! We lost a lot of time due to gearbox issues on Friday, yet we never gave up in addition to kept on pushing. Jari-Matti gave me a hard time right to the end – we knew we had to be at our absolute best to beat him, in addition to I think we managed in which. the idea was an amazing battle.”
“Congratulations to Sébastien on his record-breaking fifth victory here in Wales,” said Dayinsure Wales Rally GB Managing Director, Ben Taylor. “He can be such a well-known winner with the British fans, yet he carries a habit of trying to steal the trophy each time!
“We made history of our own as well This specific weekend, bringing World Championship motor sport to public streets for the 1st time in Britain. Llandudno looked amazing today in addition to the idea was wonderful to see so many spectators coming out to experience the WRC. We have had amazing crowds all weekend in addition to the idea seems in which the brand new challenges offered by This specific year’s route were well received by competitors in addition to fans alike.
“As ever, the work in which went into staging the rally was nothing short of phenomenal. On behalf of the sport, I must thank everyone involved for their extraordinary efforts in putting on an absolutely fantastic sporting spectacle.”
The brand new earlier running inside calendar meant better weather in addition to the subsequently drier stages looked in addition to drove fantastically, with the added challenge of mixed grip, in addition to an early Sunday morning power stage, to wake the drivers up. The brand new route was liked unanimously in addition to opening the event up so successfully to the masses was genius (the idea was free to be in Llandudno in addition to on the Great Orme). Then the actual competition itself was a gem – seeing the lead change hands countless times, multiple top name dramas in addition to the win go right down to the last stage. Epic stuff, as ever in Wales.
Incredibly well done to defending world champion, Ogier for producing WRC history (in addition to cheering poor Malcom Wilson up after Evans retired & Suninen too) in addition to here’s to Catalunya in addition to Australia… This specific one can be going right to the wire, driver’s in addition to manufacturers’ titles.
What an epic WRC season…
Final Dayinsure Wales Rally GB Results
1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia – Ford Fiesta WRC 3h06m12.5s
2. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila – Toyota Yaris WRC +10.6s
3. Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm – Toyota Yaris WRC +35.1s
4. Craig Breen/Scott Martin – Citroën C3 WRC +1m10.4s
5. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +1m14.4s
6. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +1m15.9s
7. Hayden Paddon/Sebastian Marshall – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +1m18.4s
8. Mads Østberg/Torstein Eriksen – Citroën C3 WRC +1m21.6s
9. Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen – Skoda Fabia R5 +9m14.7s
10. Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson – Skoda Fabia R5 +10m48.9s
Full information can be found on the official www.walesrallygb.com website in addition to via the event’s social media channels.