Andreas Mikkelsen, who will race in the IRC next year for Skoda UK, completed the top ten and he was delighted to take the SWRC victory: “That was my first rally with Skoda - and to do so well shows the potential for next year,” he said.
The SWRC provided much of the final day drama firstly with Jari Ketomaa rolling out of the title battle and then Craig Breen snatching second place on the penultimate stage. Third was enough, however, for Xavier Pons to clinch the title.
Ott Tanak comfortably won the PWRC category but a crash for Martin Semerad on Margam 1 promoted Armindo Araujo to second place en-route
to his second PWRC title. Third place made the trip from New Zealand worthwhile for Hayden Paddon.
The World Rally Championship now takes a break before the new era gets underway in Sweden in February next year.
by Peter Hughes
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