Volkswagen’s Sebastien Ogier has concluded the 2015 WRC season by taking an emotional win on a typically wet and muddy Wales Rally GB, his eighth victory of the year.
There were no celebrations, however, as a mark of respect to those that lost their lives in the Paris terror attacks on Friday.
Ogier took the lead in the very first stage on Friday, finishing it 0.8s up on team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala. The Frenchman was then quickest again in SS2, and with Latvala crashing out, after going off into a ditch, he headed to SS3 with a 6 second lead, which he more than doubled with his third stage win in a row.
Meanwhile, Meeke was the only one anywhere near Ogier after Latvala’s early exit. The Citroen man put in a near-faultless run in his DS 3 WRC, posting top-three times in every test on Friday – including winning SS4 – and posting 13 top-three times in total from a possible 19.
Hayden Paddon rounded out the top-five in his i20 WRC, 9.2s the difference, despite struggling for much of the event and never really feeling comfortable with the wet and slippery roads. He was also slowed by hydraulic problems on Friday afternoon.