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With the World Rally Championship decided, Wales Rally GB was an out and out fight for victory on what would be the last WRC event for the current breed of WR cars. After early promise from Jari-Matti Latvala & Mikka Antilla (Focus WRC) on day one the rally would all be about Citroën. The fans were treated to a fantastic fight between the works car of World Champion Sébastien Loeb & Daniel Elena and the privateer car of Petter Solberg & Chris Patterson, as the pair exchanged times all event. Eventually the works car of Loeb won out but Solberg had enthralled his fans and gained several new ones. The podium was completed by Ford with Latvala moving ahead of his team mate Mikko Hirvonen on the final day, to secure 2nd place overall in the championship ahead of Solberg.

In the classes, the SWRC victory was taken by Andreas Mikkelsen & Ola Fløene (Fabia S2000) after a rally long duel with Jari Ketomaa & Mika Stenberg (Fiesta S2000) ended on the final day with the Finn retiring and losing his chance to win the SWRC title. Craig Breen & Gareth Roberts (Fiesta S2000) were an excellent second with Xevi Pons & Alex Haro (Fiesta S2000) 3rd to win the SWRC title.

PWRC saw numerous changes but in the end it was Lancer Evo X podium lock out which saw Ott Tänak & Kuldar Sikk take victory by over three minutes from Armindo Araújo & Miguel Ramalho with Hayden Paddon & John Kennard just over a minute further back. 2nd place was enough to see Araújo crowned PWRC champion.

There was also a National rally running just the once over the stages on Saturday and Sunday. Andrew Burton & Robin Kellard (Peugeot Cosworth) headed the field and after two stages lead by almost a minute but as seems to be the way of recent the car retired on the road section to stage 3 which saw Nigel Griffiths & Jon Scott (Impreza) take over the lead which they lost following road penalties on Saturday, but they clawed it back through Resolven on Sunday to take the victory. Barry Groundwater & Daniel Paterson (Evo VIII) were less than 20 seconds behind in the end with Wug & Max Utting (Impreza) third another half a minute back.

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