THE legendary Welsh forests were the setting for the 13th and final round of the 2015
THE legendary Welsh forests were the setting for the 13th and final round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship at the weekend.
The Wales Rally GB this year saw a capacity and star-studded field of 160 cars competing over three storm-lashed days.
Building on the huge success of recent years, the event featured a fan-friendly route comprising 19 competitive special stage speed tests — totalling 193 miles — all run against the clock on a challenging mix of traditional gravel forest tracks and parkland roads.
World rally champion Sebastien Ogier won the season-ending event for the third year in a row, finishing 26 seconds ahead of Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke in second. Partnered by co-driver Julien Ingrassia, the Frenchman’s win was his eighth of the season, but he made clear Friday’s terrorist atrocities in Paris had put everything else in perspective.
“We’re happy to finish the season like that from a sporting point of view but my mind wasn’t really there this weekend,” he told the BBC. “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.”