Delecour, who of course won this rally back in 1994, showed he is still extremely competitive, despite his age. The 49-year-old also set some very good times, and was even second fastest in SS4 and SS11. In the final stage, Delecour's co-driver, Dominique Savignoni took over at the wheel to mark his final outing. Delecour also added post-SS18 that he wouldn't mind doing another WRC event or two this season...
Behind Pierre Campana had a very solid outing in the second works MINI and the Frenchman was never outside the top-ten. He moved up to eighth at the end of day 1, before then climbing to seventh, setting a number of good times, the highlight being a third quickest time in SS12 on Friday.
Ott Tanak was eighth, leaving Campana very much in a M-Sport Ford WRT 'sandwich', followed by Martin Prokop, who was also competing in a Fiesta, and then Armindo Araujo, in his privately entered MINI John Cooper Works WRC Car.
Britain's Matthew Wilson
was just outside the top ten in eleventh, ahead of Volkswagen Motorsport man Kevin Abbring, the second Go Fast Energy WRT car of Henning Solberg
and SWRC victor, Craig Breen.
Of the rest, other notable finishers included Paulo Nobre in 20th, taking two manufacturers' points, and Michal Kosciuszko in 30th and also securing the PWRC honours in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.
In terms of retirements, in addition to Latvala, two other notable runners also failed to finish, namely Sebastien Ogier
and P-G Andersson.
Ogier crashed out dramatically on day two in SS10 [you can see that accident HERE
]. The VW Motorsport man had been running sixth in his Skoda Fabia S2000 at the time after a brilliant display, including posting a third fastest time in SS2!
Andersson had also gone well and had led the SWRC class from the very start. However mechanical issues stopped the Proton Motorsport ace in the penultimate stage on Saturday. He had been over 7 minutes up on his closest rival and ninth overall.
The 2012 World Rally Championship now goes to Sweden next, with that event running from February 9-12.
To view the result for the 2012 Rallye Monte Carlo - CLICK HERE