Sebastien Ogier finished the 2015 FIA WRC season in style after winning the Wales Rally GB today – leading the three day event from start to finish.
Ogier who claimed an early championship title for the current season back in Australia had considered withdrawing from the final event in respect of the Paris tragedy. However, the 3-time world champion decided to continue and eventually dedicated his win to the victims of the tragedy.
An emotional Ogier said, “We’re happy to finish the season like that from a sporting view, but my mind wasn’t really there this weekend. It was hard to carry on after the tragedy in France and our thoughts were with the people. We wanted this victory as our small sign for those who have been touched, and to show we must be even stronger against these things.”
Kris Meeke finished 26 seconds later behind Ogier to claim P2 for Citroen. Together with his teammate Mads Østberg they enabled Citroen to take second place in the manufacturer’s standings beating rivals Hyundai. Andreas Mikkelsen completed the podium in third place but lost the runners up position in the standings to his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala. Latvala retired twice in the opening stages but was able to acquire maximum points in the power stage.
Hyundai claimed fourth and fifth places with Dani Sordo leading Hayden Paddon. Sordo’s chance to regain fourth place presented itself after Ott Tänak crashed while running fourth. Home boy Elfyn Evans was the best placed Ford driver in sixth place leading the Citroen DS3 of Ostberg.