2015 Wales Rally: Sebastien Ogier gets the win, Dani Sordo 4th
Sunday has put an end to the 2015 WRC with the dispute of the final day of the 2015 Wales Rally where Sebastien Ogier clinched his eighth win of the year. The French driver and his mistake indemnified in Spain when he almost won the rally although not celebrated the victory as a sign of respect and remembrance of the victims of the attacks in Paris.
Kris Meeke was second in Wales Citroen ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen who completed the podium. Dani Sordo finished a creditable fourth place ahead of his teammate Hayden Paddon but these points have not been enough to snatch the runner constructors Citroen due the great result of Meeke and Ostberg added bonus points with his seventh place.
Sébastien Ogier has dominated the rally from start to finish. The Frenchman leader was placed in the first tranche and signed a great first day winning 5 of the 6 sections that had go without being detrimental to your starting position. His strongest opponent was to be Jari-Matti Latvala but the Finn crashed in the second leg and had to leave, something that also happened to Thierry Neuville. Both drivers reengancharon Saturday but the Belgian suffered a fairly sharp reversal that led him to leave again and Finn had mechanical problems.
While Ogier led Meeke stood at second place with just over 10 seconds behind the French and Sordo ended the day in fifth place. On the second day Ogier extended differences from Meeke who stayed more than half a minute so triumph, except for an error, he was sentenced because Meeke could not risking too much as the runner-up brand builders played.
On the last day there were no surprises because none of the men podium risked so Ogier won his eighth win of the season. Latvala scored four scratch Sunday and not play anything and if there were changes in the fight for fourth place finally was Dani Sordo has done a very solid rally and benefited from Ott Tänak accident that pressed to unseat that fourth place.
This test completes a championship that has been a real ride for Ogier and Volkswagen. The French finished with 263 points for 183 and 171 Latvala Mikkelsen so triplet Volkswagen in the top positions. Mads Ostberg with Kris Meeke 116 and 112 were behind them.