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walesgb15 (5)An extreme few days on a wet and windy Wales Rally GB saw Sébastien Ogier & Julien Ingrassia (Polo WRC) master the mud to take the lead on stage 1, which they held to the finish. A total of 9 fastest stage times over the first two days helped Ogier to build up a lead over Kris Meeke & Paul Nagle (DS3 WRC) and then on the 3rd day Ogier managed the gap to take back-to-back victories on the event. Meeke had been close on the 1st day but slipped back on day 2, still managing to hold Andreas Mikkelsen & Ola Fløene (Polo WRC) at bay. With 2nd in the manufacturers battle Citroën’s main aim, Meeke delivered and surely deserves another year with the French marque. Mikkelsen kept a firm grip on the final podium spot to come home 3rd.

In WRC2 Teemu Suninen & Mikko Markkula (Fabia 2000) took victory by just under 20 seconds, after snatching victory on the final stage from Eric Camilli & Benjamin Veillas (Fiesta R5) who limped through the final stage. The WRC3 category went to Ole Christian Veiby & Anders Jaeger (DS3 R3T) and special mention must go to David Higgins & Craig Drew (Impreza WRX) who took the group N category by a comfortable margin, with 20th overall.

In the National rally Jock Armstrong & Paula Swinscoe (Impreza) had a one and half minute lead going in to the final stage but then fate struck and they stopped in the stage. This handed victory to 2014 winners Mike Faulkner & Peter Foy (Evo IX). The rest of the podium were some way back with David Howells & Robin Hernaman (Impreza) taking 2nd, almost 5 minutes back, with Wug Utting & Bob Stokoe (Impreza) 3rd just over 6 minutes back. Top 2WD crew, in 4th overall, were Simon Webster & Frank Richer (Escort MkII).

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