Pedro Araujo, the clerk of the course of Rali Vinho Madeira, has described the recent Intercontinental Rally Challenge round as one of the best ever editions of the event.

Works Abarth driver Giandomenico Basso eventually came out on top in the battle to win the event, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Italian managed to hold off the challenge Portugal's Bruno Magalhaes by just 3.5 seconds in a scintillating finish to pick up his third victory on the island.

Alex Camacho, also from Portugal, finished third.

"For many years we hadn't seen the rally finishing with such a difference between the first and second places," Araujo said. "It was an excellent rally with many people on the roads watching.

"The competition among the drivers was very hot and hard and was incredibly competitive. We also had the pleasure of seeing two Portuguese drivers fighting for the podium places, which was remarkable.

"It was one of the all time best editions of the rally, at least for the competition we saw on the road."