WRC – Mikkelsen wins in Spain following Ogier's retirement

Andreas Mikkelsen takes his first WRC victory at the Rally of Spain following Sébastien Ogier's accident in the Power Stage. Jari-Matti Latvala and Dani Sordo complete the podium.

Published on 25/10/2015 à 13:07


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WRC – Mikkelsen wins in Spain following Ogier's retirement

Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) achieves its first success in WRC at the end of the Rally of Spain where the result was turned upside down at the end of the 12,1km Duesaigües Power Stage.

While Sébastien Ogier (Volkswagen) had almost a minute ahead of his opponents, the three-time world champion attacked on the last course and hit a safety barrier. Although the crew was unhurt, the Polo R WRC remained on site with a torn off wheel.

Andreas Mikkelsen managed to resist his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala thinking of fighting for second place in the Rally of Spain. The Norwegian had a perfect weekend by winning the Power Stage ahead of his Finnish rival and Chris Meeke (Citroën) and won with a three-second lead in the general classification ahead of the second Nordic driver from Volkswagen.

Dani sordo (Hyundai) thus won the podium at home, preceding Mads Ostberg (Citroën) who retained the advantage over Kris Meeke for less than two seconds. Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) takes the points for sixth place by finishing ahead Martin Prokop (Ford). The Czech took advantage of the misfortunes of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) to gain a position, the Belgian having finished eighth with a broken transmission.

Pontus Tidemand takes victory in WRC2. Nasser Al-Attiyah wins WRC2 title, the Power Stage having been definitively stopped following Sébastien Ogier’s accident. The Qatari maintains the advantage over Armin Kremer (Fabia R5) by only a tenth. Quentin Gilbert signs his fifth JWRC victory, the Frenchman having already won the category title.

Videos from the Rally of Spain

Discover the analysis of the Rally of Spain carried out by our special correspondents in issue 2035 of AUTOhebdo, available from Monday evening in digital version on all platforms, and from Wednesday on newsstands.

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