WRC: Rally Wales GB – Ogier storms to win after epic last day

WRC: Rally Wales GB – Ogier storms to win after epic last day

Ogier marks epic comeback win, becoming most successful driver in WRC history

Sebastian Ogier secured his fifth victory following an enthralling final leg duel through the north Wales forests with Jari-Matti Latvala, reigniting his bid for a sixth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship crown after a gripping contest.

Ogier’s title hopes were hanging by a thread on Friday morning when a broken gearbox plunged the Ford Fiesta driver to eighth, but he charged up the leaderboard as his championship rivals encountered their own problems.

Victory and four bonus points from the live TV Power Stage moved the Frenchman to within seven points of series leader Thierry Neuville with two rounds remaining.

Neuville scrambled back to finish fifth, minimising the damage caused when he slid into a sodden ditch on Saturday. Ott Tänak is 21 points behind Neuville after retiring his Toyota Yaris from a comfortable lead on Saturday afternoon with a broken radiator.

“It was a huge weekend, such a tough fight,” said Ogier. “Toyota was very strong, Ott was so far ahead before he had his trouble and then Jari-Matti was so strong. I didn’t know if I could stay in front in the forests, but asphalt is a surface I like and we managed to secure the win.”

Latvala erased Ogier’s slender overnight advantage in Sunday morning’s slippery forest speed tests and led in his Yaris by 0.2sec with two stages remaining. But Ogier thrived on the drying gravel roads and the asphalt streets of Llandudno to move back in front.

Esapekka Lappi filled the final podium place in another Yaris, a further 24.5sec behind, to help extend Toyota Gazoo Racing’s lead in the manufacturers’ championship to 20 points over Hyundai Shell Mobis.

Craig Breen’s bid for a top three finish was ended by a spin and the Citroën C3 driver ended 35.3sec behind Lappi in fourth and at the head of a group of five drivers blanketed by less than 12sec.

Neuville climbed three places in the final three stages in his Hyundai i20 to finish 4.0sec behind the Irishman and 1.5sec clear of team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen.

The penultimate championship round is the mixed surface RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España, which is based in Salou on 25 – 28 October.

Final positions:
1. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Ford Fiesta 3hr 06min 12.5sec
2. J-M Latvala / M Anttila FIN Toyota Yaris + 10.6sec
3. E Lappi / J Ferm FIN Toyota Yaris + 35.1sec
4. C Breen / S Martin IRL Citroën C3 + 1min 10.4sec
5. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 + 1min 14.4sec
6. A Mikkelsen / A Jaeger NOR Hyundai i20 + 1min 15.9sec

 

Championship positions (after round 11 of 13)
1. T Neuville 189pts
2. S Ogier 182pts
3. O Tänak 168pts

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The plans not so secret anymore🤪

Goddam that was close Glad both are exceptional pilots 👏🏿

Valtteri, it’s Lewis. Gtfo out of the way..

It's okay, there is no damage for noone!

I assume communication break down on the engineers fault

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Toto right now

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