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walesgb14 (5)An excellent couple of days out on Wales Rally GB saw us take in Gartheiniog and Dyfnant. With the championship all sewn up it would be a pure battle with no sub plots. Ultimately Sébastien Ogier & Julien Ingrassia (Polo WRC) won by just over 37 seconds from Mikko Hirvonen & Jarmo Lehtinen (Fiesta WRC) with Mads Østberg & Jonas Andersson (DS3 WRC) a further 26 seconds back. Going in to day 2 Ogier was under pressure from Jari-Matti Latvala but when the Finn put his Polo WRC off Ogier held a comfrotable lead he could then manage to his 8th win of the season.

The attention then switched to the battle for 2nd place on days 2 & 3 with Kris Meeke (DS3 WRC) tarding times with Hirvonen. But Meeke put it off damaging his DS3 WRC on the penultimate stage when it looked set for a final stage showdown. He ended up finishing 6th overall after a fine fighting display and Hirvonen finished his WRC career rather aptly with a final 2nd place, after being runner up in the WRC 4 times in his 13 years at the top level.

Jari Ketomaa & Kaj Lindstrom (Fiesta R5) took a comfortable WRC2 victory with Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble (DS3 R3T) taking the WRc3 honours. Chris Ingram & Gabin Moreau (208 R2) took the RC4 class honours with the RC5 class going to solitary finishers Ben & Jason McKay (Fiesta R1).

In the National rally Mike Faulkner & Peter Foy (Lancer Evo IX) lead at the end of day 1 and maintained their lead of half a minute throughout the rest of the event, to take victory. Half a minute back Andrew Gallacher & Jane Nichol (Lancer Evo IX) were ecstatic with 2nd overall, after setting 6 fastest stage times and completing the podium were Barry Groundwater & Neil Shanks (Lancer Evo IX), a further 50 seconds back. 10th overall and first 2WD crew home were David Stokes & Guy Weaver (Escort MkI).

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