Andreas Aigner has secured the 2009 Production World Rally Championship title following a podium finish on the season ending Wales Rally GB.
The Red Bull Rallye Team driver went into the season finale trailing Juho Hanninen in the standings, but was left needing to finish in the top three to lift the title after Hanninen was forced to retire on the opening day.
From that point on, Aigner elected to focus on making it to the finish and picking up the points required and second place in the PWRC standings behind Patrik Flodin was good enough for him to lift the title.
“Fantastic, just wicked – absolutely the most beautiful and marvellous day in my career,” the new champion said. “The initial position prior to the rally was really less than ideal for us – but I never stopped believing – and now here it is, the title. I probably won't be able to fathom it all for a few hours.
“Conditions were incredibly difficult. Of course, we also had the necessary luck – and a car that was running really well. The last stage was murder. I checked the trip clock and the kilometres couldn't go past quick enough. To win this is so important for my family, my team and my sponsors. I have had a hard two years of learning but I know that I can only get better.
“My thanks to the entire BRR crew. They have really done a great job.
Team boss Raimund Baumschlager was also delighted to see the title secured to cap Red Bull's quest to take a driver to championship success.
“This title is a just reward for years of hard work – our plan has worked out beautifully,” he said. “My compliments to Red Bull, they gave Aigner the time he needed to get to the very top.
“But I would also like to thank the entire crew today – from the drivers to the mechanics and all the people who accompanied this project. I very strongly hope that Andreas has now also attracted the persistent attention of the factory teams.”