2018 Wales Rally GB

The 2018 Wales Rally GB (formally known as the 74. Dayinsure Wales Rally GB) was a motor racing event for rally cars that took place over four days between 4 and 7 October 2018. The event was open to entries competing in World Rally Cars and cars complying with Group R regulations. It marked the seventy-fourth running of Rally Great Britain and was the eleventh round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship,[3] the highest class of competition in international rallying. Sixty crews, including manufacturer teams and privateers,[4] were entered to compete in the World Rally Championship, the FIA World Rally Championship-2 and FIA World Rally Championship-3 support series and the MSA British Rally Championship.[5][b] The 2018 event was based in Deeside in Flintshire and consisted of twenty-three special stages throughout North and Mid-Wales.[1] The rally covered a total competitive distance of a 318.34 km (197.81 miles) and an additional 1,083.01 km (672.95 miles) in transport stages.[6]

2018 Wales Rally GB
74. Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
Round 11 of 13 in the 2018 World Rally Championship
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The rally takes place on gravel forest roads in Conwy, Ceredigion and Snowdonia in Wales.
Host country United Kingdom
Rally baseDeeside, Flintshire
Dates run4 – 7 October 2018
Start locationTir Prince Raceway
Finish locationLlandudno Promenade
Stages23 (318.34 km; 197.81 miles)
Stage surfaceGravel[a]
Transport distance1,083.01 km (672.95 miles)
Overall distance1,401.35 km (870.76 miles)
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
United Kingdom M-Sport Ford WRT
3:06:12.5
WRC-2 winnerFinland Kalle Rovanperä
Finland Jonne Halttunen
Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport II
3:15:27.2
WRC-3 winnerUnited Kingdom Tom Williams
United Kingdom Phil Hall
United Kingdom Tom Williams
3:49:44.9
Power Stage winnerFinland Jari-Matti Latvala
Finland Miikka Anttila
Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
Crews registered60
Crews57 at start, 48 at finish
Elfyn Evans was the defending rally winner.

The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team crew of Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt were the defending rally winners.[7][8] Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson of Škoda Motorsport were the defending winners of the World Rally Championship-2, and French privateers Raphaël Astier and Frédéric Vauclare were the reigning winners in the World Rally Championship-3 category;[7] however, Astier and Vauclare did not defend their title as they did not enter the rally.[4]

The rally was won by Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. The result marked their fifth win in Wales and saw them become the most successful crew in the history of the event. Ogier and Ingrassia moved to within seven points of championship leaders Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul. Toyota's Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished second, with their teammates Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm completing the podium. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team were the manufacturers' winners, whilst Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT extended their lead in the manufacturers' championship.[9] The Škoda Motorsport II crew of Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen won in the World Rally Championship-2 in a Škoda Fabia R5, while the local crew of Tom Williams and Phil Hall won in the World Rally Championship-3.[10]

BackgroundEdit

Championship standings prior to the eventEdit

 
Hyundai's Thierry Neuville entered the round as the drivers' championship leader.

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul entered the round as the leaders of the World Rally Championship for Drivers and the World Rally Championship for Co-Drivers respectively.[11] They held a thirteen-point lead over Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja. Defending World Champions Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia were third, a further ten points behind. In the World Rally Championship for Manufacturers, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT held a five-point lead over Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT.

In the World Rally Championship-2 standings, Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler led the drivers' and co-drivers' standings by thirty-two points, but did not contest the rally. Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson were in second place, thirty-eight points ahead of privateers Gus Greensmith and Craig Parry. Škoda Motorsport II held a seventeen-point lead over sister team Škoda Motorsport in the teams' championship.

Newly crowned Junior World Rally Champion Emil Bergkvist led the World Rally Championship-3 drivers' standings. Denis Rådström was second, six points behind Bergkvist and Jean-Baptiste Franceschi third; Franceschi entered the rally, but did not nominate it as a round to score points. Johan Johansson held a one-point lead over Romain Courbon in the co-drivers' standings, while Tatu Hämäläinen was another eleven points behind. In the teams' championship, ACI Team Italia led Castrol Ford Team Turkiye by sixteen points.

Entry listEdit

The following crews were entered into the rally. The entry list consisted of sixty crews, including eleven World Rally Car entries, fourteen entries in the World Rally Championship-2, four in the World Rally Championship-3 and nineteen in the British national championship.

No. Entrant Driver Co-Driver Car Group Eligibility[c] Tyre
0 N/A   Stuart Egglestone   Paul Morris Subaru Impreza STi N12 N/A Course car N/A
1   M-Sport Ford WRT   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
2   M-Sport Ford WRT   Elfyn Evans   Daniel Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
3   M-Sport Ford WRT   Teemu Suninen   Mikko Markkula Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
4   Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT   Andreas Mikkelsen   Anders Jæger-Synnevaag Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
5   Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT   Thierry Neuville   Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
6   Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT   Hayden Paddon   Sebastian Marshall Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
7   Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
8   Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT   Ott Tänak   Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
9   Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT   Esapekka Lappi   Janne Ferm Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
10   Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT   Mads Østberg   Torstein Eriksen Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
11   Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT   Craig Breen   Scott Martin Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
31   Škoda Motorsport II   Pontus Tidemand   Jonas Andersson Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
32   Gus Greensmith   Gus Greensmith   Alessandro Gelsomino Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
33   Printsport   Łukasz Pieniążek   Przemysław Mazur Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
34   ACI Team Italia WRC   Fabio Andolfi   Simone Scattolin Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 P
35   PH Sport   Ole Christian Veiby   Stig Rune Skjærmoen Citroën C3 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
36   Škoda Motorsport II   Kalle Rovanperä   Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
37   Hyundai Motorsport   Jari Huttunen   Antti Linnaketo Hyundai i20 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
38   BRC Racing Team   Pierre-Louis Loubet   Vincent Landais Hyundai i20 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
39   Nil Solans   Nil Solans   Marc Martí Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2 P
40   Citroën Total Rallye Team   Stéphane Lefebvre   Gabin Moreau Citroën C3 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
41   Marco Bulacia Wilkinson   Marco Bulacia Wilkinson   Fernando Mussano Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
42   Simone Tempestini   Simone Tempestini   Sergio Itu Citroën C3 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
43   M-Sport Ford WRT   Eric Camilli   Benjamin Veillas Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2 P
44   Toksport WRT   Chris Ingram   Ross Whittock Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 P
61   Taisko Lario   Taisko Lario   Tatu Hämäläinen Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 WRC-3 M
62   Enrico Brazzoli   Enrico Brazzoli   Luca Beltrame Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 WRC-3 P
63   Louise Cook   Louise Cook   Stefan Davis Ford Fiesta R2 RC4 WRC-3 M
64   Tom Williams   Tom Williams   Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2 RC4 WRC-3 P
81   M-Sport Ford WRT   Matt Edwards   Darren Garrod Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 National P
82   David Bogie   David Bogie   John Rowan Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 National D
83   Rhys Yates   Rhys Yates   Elliott Edmondson Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 National M
84   Tom Cave   Tom Cave   James Morgan Hyundai i20 R5 RC2 N/A D
85   Team MRF Tyres   Gaurav Gill   Glenn MacNeall Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 N/A MR
86   M-Sport Ford WRT   Alex Laffey   Patrick Walsh Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 N/A P
87   Eamonn Boland   Eamonn Boland   Michael Joseph Morrissey Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 N/A M
88   James Aldridge   Sacha Kakad   James Aldridge Ford Fiesta R5 NAT2 National P
89   Palmeirinha Rally   Paulo Nobre   Gabriel Morales Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 N/A P
90   Lawrence Whyte   Lawrence Whyte   Paul Beaton Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 N/A P
91   Équipe de France FFSA Rally   Jean-Baptiste Franceschi   Romain Courbon Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 N/A P
92   Steve Rokland   Steve Rokland   Dai Roberts Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 National M
93   Tom Woodburn   James Williams   Tom Woodburn Vauxhall Adam R2 RC4 National P
94   William Creighton   William Creighton   Liam Regan Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 National M
95   Tony Jardine   Tony Jardine   Tom Cary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX NAT4 N/A K
96   Kevin Horgan   Kevin Horgan   Liam Fouhy Škoda Fabia R2 RC4 National K
97   John Morrison   John Morrison   Peter Carstairs Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX NAT4 National K
98   Paul Walker   Paul Walker   Geraint Thomas Subaru Impreza NAT4 N/A Y
99   Scott Partridge   Scott Partridge   Fiona Scarret Subaru Impreza NAT4 N/A Y
100   Peredur Davies   Jordan Reynolds   Peredur Davies Ford Fiesta R2 NAT2 National P
101   Finlay Retson   Finlay Retson   Tom Hynd Ford Fiesta R2 NAT2 National P
102   Spencer Wilkinson   Spencer Wilkinson   Glyn Thomas Subaru Impreza WRX STi RC2 National P
103   James McDiarmid   James McDiarmid   Gareth Clarke Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 National P
104   Alex Waterman   Alex Waterman   Harry Thomas Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 National P
105   Bart Lang   Bart Lang   Sinclair Young Ford Fiesta R2 NAT2 National P
106   Saleh Hijazi   Saleh Hijazi   Stephen Landen MG ZR NAT3 N/A P
107   Nabila Tejpar   Nabila Tejpar   Richard Bliss Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 National P
108   Jonathan Mulholland   Jonathan Mulholland   Jeff Case Ford Fiesta R2 NAT2 National P
109   Stephen Southall   Stephen Southall   Richard Bestwick Ford Escort MK2 NAT4 N/A P
110   Iwan Evans   Iwan Evans   Sion Williams Subaru Impreza NAT4 N/A K
111   Neil Andrew   Neil Andrew   Dominic Adams Subaru Impreza NAT4 N/A K
Source:[4][12]

Calendar changesEdit

The event swapped places on the calendar with the Rally Catalunya de España. Where the 2017 rally was run as the penultimate round of the championship, the 2018 event was brought forward from the last week of October to the first week in the expectation of better weather conditions for the event.[3] Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala anticipated that the change would see the rally run with stable, more-predictable temperatures than in previous years, making it easier to set the car up for the prevailing conditions.[13] Further changes to the calendar saw the revival of Rally Turkey as a replacement for Rally Poland.[3] The Turkish event was named as the tenth round of the championship and in light of the distance crews needed to travel from Turkey to Wales, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)—the governing body of international motorsport—gave entrants an additional week to prepare for Rally GB compared to previous years.[3]

RouteEdit

The 2018 event featured a heavily revised route from the 2017 rally.[14] The route for the 2018 event was designed to be more challenging than the routes used in previous years.[15] The changes were introduced in response to criticism from crews and teams over the lengthy transport route, or the route taken on public roads to travel between special stages. The final route featured an additional 14.98 km (9.31 miles) in competitive kilometres compared to the 2017 route and the transport distance was shortened.[6] The changes to the route allowed the crews to return to the service park in Deeside at the end of the first day of competition as the omission of the return to the service park had been one of the teams' criticisms of the 2017 event.[16]

DetailsEdit

The rally was made up of gravel roads through forests and moors.[6] Many of these roads received little commercial traffic through the year aside from forestry maintenance and logging projects. Unlike events such as Rally Italia Sardegna and Rally Australia where loose gravel on the road surface creates dust,[17] the road surface in Wales is made up of heavier gravel on a hard-packed road base.[3] This creates more grip for crews in the dry, but the roads can become muddy and rutted in wet weather, particularly when a stage is used multiple times.

The event featured two days in northern Wales and one day in the middle of the country. The first leg was 111.20 km (69.10 miles) long and started with a spectator stage at Tir Prince Raceway on the evening of 4 October. It then moved into the forests of Conwy and Gwynedd on 5 October and was made up of two passes over Clocaenog Forest, Penmachno Forest and a new stage formed by merging the Brenig reservoir stage—which was run as the Power Stage between 2014 and 2017—with the Alwen stage using parts of the B4501 to connect them. Now known as Brenig, it was the longest stage of the rally at 29.19 km (18.14 miles). Penmachno Forest was run in its full length by using public roads. The Cholmondeley Castle spectator stage in England was removed and replaced by a new spectator stage called Slate Mountain. The rally moved to Powys and Ceredigion on 6 October for the longest day of the rally, totalling 146.45 km (91.00 miles) competitive kilometres. It consisted of two passes over the Myherin, Hafren, Dyfi and Gartheiniog stages and a single running of Dyfnant. The Hafren stage was extended to include the Sweet Lamb spectator arena. The 2018 event marked the first time since 1997 that these five stages were run on the same day. The rally returned to northern Wales on 7 October and the forests of Conwy and Snowdonia. The third leg was the shortest of the rally at 60.20 km (37.41 miles) long and featured Elsi, a brand new stage, and two passes of Gwydir. The Gwydir stage was doubled in length from previous years before the rally concludes with two passes over a spectator stage around the Great Orme headland and the streets of Llandudno.[6] A shortened version of the Great Orme stage had previously been used in 2011 when it was run in the opposite direction.

The final stage of the rally circles the Great Orme headland (top) and finishes on the Llandudno Promenade (bottom).

Organisers of the event had a dispute with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) over the planned route. The original proposal featured the Great Orme stage—which had previously featured in the route of the 2013 event—as the event's Power Stage. However, the FIA rejected the route as the proposed stage was not representative of the rally; the route primarily consisted of gravel stages, but the proposed stage was tarmac.[2] The dispute was resolved when the organisers agreed to run the first pass over Gwydir as the Power Stage, allowing the event to finish in Llandudno as originally planned.[16]

The inclusion of public roads in the route was made possible with the passage of the Deregulation Act 2015 by the British government, which amended parts of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to make it possible for events to close public roads to be used for motor racing events in the United Kingdom. In February 2018, the National Assembly for Wales passed the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Motor Racing) (Wales) Regulations 2018, a piece of secondary legislation that enabled motor racing events to take place on public roads in Wales.[18][19]

ItineraryEdit

Date No. Stage name Distance Location
4 Oct.   Service park – Deeside Rally Village Deeside, Flintshire
Clocaenog [Shakedown] 3.37 km Clocaenog Forest, Conwy
  Service park – Deeside Rally Village Deeside, Flintshire
Ceremonial start – Tir Prince Raceway Towyn, Conwy
Leg 1 — North Wales — 112.46 km
SS1 Tir Prince 1.70 km Towyn, Conwy
5 Oct.   Service park – Deeside Rally Village Deeside, Flintshire
SS2 Clocaenog 1 7.67 km Clocaenog Forest, Conwy
SS3 Brenig 1 29.13 km Llyn Brenig, Conwy
SS4 Penmachno 1 16.95 km Penmachno, Conwy
SS5 Slate Mountain 1 1.63 km Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd
SS6 Slate Mountain 2 1.63 km Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd
  Regroup
  Service park – Deeside Rally Village Deeside, Flintshire
SS7 Clocaenog 2 7.67 km Clocaenog Forest, Conwy
SS8 Brenig 2 29.13 km Llyn Brenig, Conwy
SS9 Penmachno 2 16.95 km Penmachno, Conwy
  Service park – Deeside Rally Village Deeside, Flintshire
Leg 2 — Mid-Wales — 150.24 km
6 Oct.   Service park – Deeside Rally Village Deeside, Flintshire
SS10 Myherin 1 20.28 km River Wye, Powys
SS11 Sweet Lamb Hafren 1 19.95 km Hafren Forest, Powys
SS12 Dyfi 1 19.48 km River Dovey, Ceredigion
SS13 Gartheiniog 1 11.26 km Afon Dulas, Ceredigion
SS14 Dyfnant 8.30 km Dyfnant Forest, Powys
  Regroup – Newtown Newtown, Powys
  Tyre and Light Fitting Zone – Newtown Newtown, Powys
SS15 Myherin 2 20.28 km River Wye, Powys
SS16 Sweet Lamb Hafren 2 19.95 km Hafren Forest, Powys
SS17 Dyfi 2 19.48 km River Dovey, Ceredigion
SS18 Gartheiniog 2 11.26 km Afon Dulas, Ceredigion
  Service park – Deeside Rally Village Deeside, Flintshire
Leg 3 — North Wales — 55.64 km
7 Oct.   Service park – Deeside Rally Village Deeside, Flintshire
SS19 Elsi 10.06 km Llyn Elsi, Snowdonia
SS20 Gwydir 1 [Power Stage] 14.76 km Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia
SS21 Great Orme Llandudno 1 8.03 km Llandudno, Conwy
  Tyre Fitting Zone – Dolgarrog Dolgarrog, Conwy
SS22 Gwydir 2 14.76 km Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia
  Regroup – Llandudno Llandudno, Conwy
SS23 Great Orme Llandudno 2 8.03 km Llandudno, Conwy
  Ceremonial finish – Llandudno Promenade Llandudno, Conwy
Source:[1][6][13]

ReceptionEdit

The new route was received positively by drivers—particularly former Citroën driver Kris Meeke—who appreciated the inclusion of challenging stages.[d] Thierry Neuville and Craig Breen also applauded the route as the best route used by the rally since it moved from Cardiff to Deeside.[22] Defending rally winner Elfyn Evans had a more muted response, expressing disappointment that organisers had not taken full advantage of road closures to create a more demanding route, such as merging the Dyfi and Gartheiniog stages. Rally organisers revealed that they had considered many of the suggestions Evans had raised, but chose a more conservative approach to road closures as the legislation that allowed them to close roads had only been passed in February 2018 and they wanted to ensure that the protocol had been followed properly.[23]

ReportEdit

Leg 1Edit

Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm completed the opening super special stage three tenths of a second ahead of fellow Toyota crew Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila and championship leaders Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, who tied for second.[24] As the event moved into the forest stages, Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja—who entered the rally having taken three consecutive victories—dominanted the early running. He won five of the eight stages and established a comfortable lead to end the day twenty-eight seconds ahead of Neuville and Gilsoul.[25] Tänak had been closely matched by defending rally winners Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt until their Fiesta WRC developed a misfire and was forced to retire from the leg. Latvala and Anttila dropped down to third overall after losing their rhythm in the afternoon loop. Lappi and Ferm recovered from an early spin to finish fourth, while Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia completed the leg in fifth. Ogier and Ingrassia had fallen to eighth during the first pass over the stages when they suffered a series of spins and the loss of first and second gear. Their M-Sport Ford teammates Teemu Suninen and Mikko Markkula completed the team's woes when they slid off the road and into a ditch; Suninen and Markkula were unable to re-enter the rally. Craig Breen and Scott Martin were the lead Citroën crew in sixth after enjoying a trouble-free day, ahead of Hyundai crews led Hayden Paddon and Sebastian Marshall in seventh and Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Synnevaag in eighth. Both Paddon and Mikkelsen complained of unpredictable handling in their cars, particularly during the afternoon loop of stages when rain affected the profile of the roads.[13] Neuville, by comparison, reported that his car's handling improved in the afternoon, benefiting from a new specification of tyre provided by Michelin that offered improved grip whilst being more durable than previous tyres.[13] Citroën's Mads Østberg and Torstein Eriksen were the last of the drivers in a World Rally Car-specification entry, finishing the leg in ninth place.

Leg 2Edit

Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja continued their form through the opening stages of the second leg until they were forced to retire. Tänak damaged his radiator after a heavy landing off a jump during the second pass through Sweet Lamb Hafren.[26] Tänak and Järveoja had experienced similar retirements in the Rallies of Portugal and Sardinia.[27] Ogier and Ingrassia experienced a resurgence, climbing from fifth place to take the lead; however, Ogier chose the more-durable medium compound tyres as the dry gravel would damage the faster soft compound, and was unable to build a lead of his own. He finished the leg with a slender four-second advantage over the surviving Toyotas of Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila in second place and Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm in third.[28] Craig Breen and Scott Martin ended the leg in fourth, some fifteen seconds off the lead. The reversal of the running order for the second leg meant that Mads Østberg and Torstein Eriksen ran with favourable road conditions, which allowed them to find some pace in the morning loop and climb the leaderboard. Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Synnevaag similarly benefited from their road position, winning three of the day's stages and finishing the leg two and a half seconds behind Østberg and Eriksen. Hayden Paddon and Sebastian Marshall completed the day in seventh overall ahead of Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul; Neuville and Gilsoul had been running second at the time, but lost fifty-one seconds when they ran off the road in the early morning stages and he conceded a further fifteen seconds to Ogier and Ingrassia when they was unable to match the leaders' pace.[29]

Leg 3Edit

The final leg of the rally saw Ogier and Ingrassia trade places with Latvala and Anttila several times. Ogier and Ingrassia initially held the advantage, but a fast time by Latvala and Anttila through the Gwydir Power Stage—that saw them take the five bonus points—was enough to seize the lead. Latvala and Anttila held the lead through the first pass over Great Orme Llandudno, only for Ogier and Ingrassia to reclaim it on the return to Gwydir. The final stage was delayed following an incident that required the attention of emergency services and not all of the competitors were able to start the stage.[30][31] Latvala and Anttila was unable to set a competitive time, meaning Ogier and Ingrassia only needed to finish to claim victory. They ultimately set a time fast enough to win the stage and the rally, taking twenty-five World Championship points for the win and an additional three points for third place on the Power Stage.[32] Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm completed the podium and scored an extra Power Stage point. Craig Breen and Scott Martin were fourth, ahead of Neuville and Gilsoul. Neuville and Gilsoul led the three Hyundais, with Mikkelsen and Jæger-Synnevaag in sixth and Paddon and Marshall seventh. Mads Østberg and Torstein Eriksen were eighth, with the final points-scoring places going to World Rally Championship-2 entrants Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen and their Škoda Motorsport teammates Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson. Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja re-entered under Rally2 regulations and finished nineteenth overall, scoring four points on the Power Stage in the process. Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt also re-entered and finished twentieth in the final classification.

Support categoriesEdit

In the World Rally Championship-2 standings, eighteen year-old Kalle Rovanperä and co-driver Jonne Halttunen finished the first leg as the category leader and tenth in the overall standings. Rovanperä and Halttunen won every stage but one to establish a lead of fifty-five seconds over teammates Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson, while British privateers Gus Greensmith and Alessandro Gelsomino finished the leg in third.[13] Rovanperä and Halttunen maintained their lead over Tidemand and Andersson throughout the second leg and the two crews climbed to ninth and tenth in the overall classification following the retirement of Tänak and Järveoja.[29] Rovanperä and Halttunen went on to win the category by ninety-four seconds, aided by an off-road excursion by Tidemand and Andersson in the Power Stage. Tidemand and Andersson damaged their rear suspension, but were able to continue after repairing the damage during a transport stage. The result was Rovanperä and Haltunnen's second win in the category. Tidemand and Andersson recovered to finish second, with Greensmith and Gelsomino finishing third.

Tom Williams and Phil Hall led the first leg in the World Rally Championship-3 category after trading stage wins with Taisko Lario and Tatu Hämäläinen throughout the day.[33] Williams and Hall's lead was consolidated during the second leg when Lario and Hämäläinen were late checking into a stage and had thirty seconds added to his time as a penalty. Williams and Hall went on to win the event, marking their first victory in the category. Italian privateers Enrico Brazzoli and Luca Beltrame caught and passed Lario and Hämäläinen during the second leg and held the position until the end of the rally. Lario and Hämäläinen ultimately finished third overall.

The first two legs of the rally also served as the final two rounds of the MSA British Rally Championship. M-Sport driver Matt Edwards and co-driver Darren Garrod secured the 2018 championship title with fourth place on the first leg of the rally.[34] Edwards and Garrod won the second leg and were the highest-place national entrant at the end of the rally.

ClassificationEdit

Final resultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Co-driver Entrant Car Class Time Difference
to 1st to prev.
1 1   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia   M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC WRC 3:06:12.5 0.0 0.0
2 7   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila   Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC WRC 3:06:23.1 +10.6 +10.6
3 9   Esapekka Lappi   Janne Ferm   Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC WRC 3:06:47.6 +35.1 +24.5
4 11   Craig Breen   Scott Martin   Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën C3 WRC WRC 3:07:22.9 +1:10.4 +35.3
5 5   Thierry Neuville   Nicolas Gilsoul   Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC WRC 3:07:26.9 +1:14.4 +4.0
6 4   Andreas Mikkelsen   Anders Jæger-Synnevaag   Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC WRC 3:07:28.4 +1:15.9 +1.5
7 6   Hayden Paddon   Sebastian Marshall   Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC WRC 3:07:30.9 +1:18.4 +2.5
8 10   Mads Østberg   Torstein Eriksen   Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën C3 WRC WRC 3:07:34.1 +1:21.6 +3.2
9 36   Kalle Rovanperä   Jonne Halttunen   Škoda Motorsport II Škoda Fabia R5 WRC-2 3:15:27.2 +9:14.7 +7:53.1
10 31   Pontus Tidemand   Jonas Andersson   Škoda Motorsport II Škoda Fabia R5 WRC-2 3:17:01.4 +10:48.9 +1:34.2
11 32   Gus Greensmith   Alessandro Gelsomino   Gus Greensmith Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 3:17:40.8 +11:28.3 +39.4
12 37   Jari Huttunen   Antti Linnaketo   Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 R5 WRC-2 3:18:24.0 +12:11.5 +43.2
13 40   Stéphane Lefebvre   Gabin Moreau   Citroën Total Rallye Team Citroën C3 R5 WRC-2 3:20:02.6 +13:50.1 +1:38.6
14 33   Łukasz Pieniążek   Przemysław Mazur   Printsport Škoda Fabia R5 WRC-2 3:21:47.3 +15:34.8 +1:44.7
15 42   Simone Tempestini   Sergio Itu   Simone Tempestini Citroën C3 R5 WRC-2 3:24:16.9 +18:04.4 +2:29.6
16 34   Fabio Andolfi   Simone Scattolin   ACI Team Italia WRC Škoda Fabia R5 WRC-2 3:24:34.3 +18:21.8 +17.4
17 81   Matt Edwards   Darren Garrod   M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta R5 National 3:25:42.0 +19:29.5 +1:07.7
18 41   Marco Bulacia Wilkinson   Fernando Mussano   Marco Bulacia Wilkinson Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 3:26:12.2 +19:59.7 +30.2
19 8   Ott Tänak   Martin Järveoja   Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC WRC 3:26:51.4 +20:38.9 +39.2
20 2   Elfyn Evans   Daniel Barritt   M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC WRC 3:27:40.5 +21:28.0 +49.1
21 86   Alex Laffey   Patrick Walsh   M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta R5 National 3:31:44.7 +25:32.2 +4:04.2
22 85   Gaurav Gill   Glenn MacNeall   Team MRF Tyres Ford Fiesta R5 N/A 3:33:27.4 +27:14.9 +1:42.7
23 89   Paulo Nobre   Gabriel Morales   Palmeirinha Rally Ford Fiesta R5 N/A 3:34:39.2 +28:26.7 +1:11.8
24 43   Eric Camilli   Benjamin Veillas   M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 3:42:48.7 +27:21.5 +8:09.5
25 87   Eamonn Boland   Michael Joseph Morrissey   Eamonn Boland Ford Fiesta R5 N/A 3:43:02.4 +36:49.9 +13.7
26 35   Ole Christian Veiby   Stig Rune Skjærmoen   PH Sport Citroën C3 R5 WRC-2 3:48:28.3 +42:15.8 +5:25.9
27 87   Steve Rokland   Dai Roberts   Steve Rokland Peugeot 208 R2 National 3:48:51.2 +42:38.7 +22.9
28 64   Tom Williams   Phil Hall   Tom Williams Ford Fiesta R2 WRC-3 3:49:44.9 +43:32.4 +53.7
29 91   Jean-Baptiste Franceschi   Romain Courbon   Équipe de France FFSA Rally Ford Fiesta R2T N/A 3:50:27.8 +44:15.3 +42.9
30 93   Tom Woodburn   James Williams   Tom Woodburn Vauxhall Adam R2 National 3:53:52.9 +47:40.4 +3:25.1
31 62   Enrico Brazzoli   Luca Beltrame   Enrico Brazzoli Peugeot 208 R2 WRC-3 3:54:23.4 +48:10.9 +30.5
32 61   Taisko Lario   Tatu Hämäläinen   Taisko Lario Peugeot 208 R2 WRC-3 3:56:40.0 +50:27.5 +2:16.6
33 95   Tony Jardine   Tom Cary   Tony Jardine Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N/A 3:57:42.5 +51:30.0 +1:02.5
34 44   Chris Ingram   Ross Whittock   Toksport WRT Škoda Fabia R5 WRC-2 4:00:45.9 +54:33.4 +3:03.4
35 97   John Morrison   Peter Carstairs   John Morrison Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX National 4:01:44.3 +55:31.8 +58.4
36 104   Alex Waterman   Harry Thomas   Alex Waterman Ford Fiesta R2T National 4:06:34.8 +1:00:22.3 +4:50.5
37 102   Spencer Wilkinson   Glyn Thomas   Spencer Wilkinson Subaru Impreza WRX STi N/A 4:07:23.9 +1:01:11.4 +49.1
38 63   Louise Cook   Stefan Davis   Louise Cook Ford Fiesta R2 WRC-3 4:09:08.7 +1:02:56.2 +1:44.8
39 108   Jonathan Mulholland   Jeff Case   Jonathan Mulholland Ford Fiesta R2 National 4:12:23.3 +1:06:10.8 +3:14.6
40 100   Peredur Davies   Jordan Reynolds   Peredur Davies Ford Fiesta R2 National 4:19:54.9 +1:13:42.4 +7:31.6
41 101   Finlay Retson   Tom Hynd   Finlay Retson Ford Fiesta R2 National 4:27:21.8 +1:21:09.3 +7:26.9
42 39   Nil Solans   Marc Martí   Nil Solans Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 4:28:14.1 +1:22:01.6 +52.3
43 107   Nabila Tejpar   Richard Bliss   Nabila Tejpar Peugeot 208 R2 National 4:32:25.2 +1:26:12.7 +4:11.1
44 106   Saleh Hijazi   Stephen Landen   Saleh Hijazi MG ZR N/A 4:33:21.0 +1:27:08.5 +55.8
45 111   Neil Andrew   Dominic Adams   Neil Andrew Subaru Impreza N/A 4:42:26.1 +1:36:13.6 +9:05.1
46 109   Stephen Southall   Richard Bestwick   Stephen Southall Ford Escort MK2 N/A 4:43:24.5 +1:37:12.0 +58.4
47 96   Kevin Horgan   Liam Fouhy   Kevin Horgan Škoda Fabia R2 National 4:43:53.4 +1:37:40.9 +28.9
48 105   Bart Lang   Sinclair Young   Bart Lang Ford Fiesta R2 National 4:48:35.6 +1:42:23.1 +4:42.2
Ret 84   Tom Cave   James Morgan   Tom Cave Hyundai i20 R5 N/A Retired SS21
Ret 38   Pierre-Louis Loubet   Vincent Landais   BRC Racing Team Hyundai i20 R5 WRC-2 Retired SS21
Ret 82   David Bogie   John Rowan   David Bogie Škoda Fabia R5 National Retired SS20
Ret 83   Rhys Yates   Elliott Edmondson   Rhys Yates Škoda Fabia R5 National Retired SS15
Ret 99   Scott Partridge   Fiona Scarret   Scott Partridge Subaru Impreza N/A Retired SS11
Ret 88   James Aldridge   Sacha Kakad   James Aldridge Ford Fiesta R5 N/A Retired SS11
Ret 3   Teemu Suninen   Mikko Markkula   M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC WRC Retired SS9
Ret 110   Iwan Evans   Sion Williams   Iwan Evans Subaru Impreza N/A Retired SS8
Ret 94   William Creighton   Liam Regan   William Creighton Peugeot 208 R2 National Retired SS3
DNS 90   Lawrence Whyte   Paul Beaton   Lawrence Whyte Ford Fiesta R5 N/A Did not start
DNS 98   Paul Walker   Geraint Thomas   Paul Walker Subaru Impreza N/A Did not start
DNS 103   James McDiarmid   Gareth Clarke   James McDiarmid Ford Fiesta R2T National Did not start
Source:[35][36]

Special stagesEdit

Overall classification
Day Stage Name Length Stage winners Car Time Class leaders
4 October Clocaenog [Shakedown] 3.32 km   Teemu Suninen  Mikko Markkula Ford Fiesta WRC 2:01.2 N/A
SS1 Tir Prince 1.70 km   Esapekka Lappi  Janne Ferm Toyota Yaris WRC 1:21.6   Esapekka Lappi  Janne Ferm
5 October SS2 Clocaenog 1 7.67 km   Ott Tänak  Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC 4:07.2   Ott Tänak  Martin Järveoja
SS3 Brenig 1 29.13 km   Ott Tänak  Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC 16:52.4
SS4 Penmachno 1 16.95 km   Ott Tänak  Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC 10:15.9
SS5 Slate Mountain 1 1.63 km   Thierry Neuville  Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 1:16.8
SS6 Slate Mountain 2 1.63 km   Jari-Matti Latvala  Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC 1:15.3
SS7 Clocaenog 2 7.67 km   Ott Tänak  Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC 4:01.6
SS8 Brenig 2 29.13 km   Ott Tänak  Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC 16:30.5
SS9 Penmachno 2 16.95 km   Thierry Neuville  Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 10:16.4
6 October SS10 Myherin 1 20.28 km   Sébastien Ogier  Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 10:46.2
SS11 Sweet Lamb Hafren 1 19.95 km   Mads Østberg  Torstein Eriksen Citroën C3 WRC 11:39.4
SS12 Dyfi 1 19.48 km   Ott Tänak  Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC 10:56.7
SS13 Gartheiniog 1 11.26 km   Andreas Mikkelsen  Anders Jæger-Synnevaag Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 6:51.0
SS14 Dyfnant 8.30 km   Jari-Matti Latvala  Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC 4:28.2
SS15 Myherin 2 20.28 km   Sébastien Ogier  Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 10:37.9
SS16 Sweet Lamb Hafren 2 19.95 km   Andreas Mikkelsen  Anders Jæger-Synnevaag Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 11:26.6   Sébastien Ogier  Julien Ingrassia
SS17 Dyfi 2 19.48 km   Jari-Matti Latvala  Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC 10:42.8
SS18 Gartheiniog 2 11.26 km   Andreas Mikkelsen  Anders Jæger-Synnevaag Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 6:43.6
7 October SS19 Elsi 10.06 km   Esapekka Lappi  Janne Ferm Toyota Yaris WRC 7:17.1
SS20 Gwydir 1 [Power stage] 14.70 km   Jari-Matti Latvala  Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC 9:31.6   Jari-Matti Latvala  Miikka Anttila
SS21 Great Orme Llandudno 1 8.03 km   Sébastien Ogier  Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 4:22.0
SS22 Gwydir 2 14.70 km   Sébastien Ogier  Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 9:30.4   Sébastien Ogier  Julien Ingrassia
SS23 Great Orme Llandudno 2 7.43 km[e]   Sébastien Ogier  Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 3:59.3
World Rally Championship-2
4 October Clocaenog [Shakedown] 3.32 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 2:07.0 N/A
SS1 Tir Prince 1.70 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 1:23.8   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen
5 October SS2 Clocaenog 1 7.67 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 4:17.6
SS3 Brenig 1 29.13 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 17:29.7
SS4 Penmachno 1 16.95 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 10:48.8
SS5 Slate Mountain 1 1.63 km   Pontus Tidemand  Jonas Andersson Škoda Fabia R5 1:21.1
SS6 Slate Mountain 2 1.63 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 1:20.4
SS7 Clocaenog 2 7.67 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 4:15.7
SS8 Brenig 2 29.13 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 17:29.4
SS9 Penmachno 2 16.95 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 10:44.3
6 October SS10 Myherin 1 20.28 km   Gus Greensmith  Alessandro Gelsomino Ford Fiesta R5 11:31.1
SS11 Sweet Lamb Hafren 1 19.95 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 12:28.8
SS12 Dyfi 1 19.48 km   Pontus Tidemand  Jonas Andersson Škoda Fabia R5 11:37.0
SS13 Gartheiniog 1 11.26 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 7:16.0
SS14 Dyfnant 8.30 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 4:44.5
SS15 Myherin 2 20.28 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 11:12.2
SS16 Sweet Lamb Hafren 2 19.95 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 12:09.0
SS17 Dyfi 2 19.48 km   Eric Camilli  Benjamin Veillas Ford Fiesta R5 11:20.9
SS18 Gartheiniog 2 11.26 km   Pontus Tidemand  Jonas Andersson Škoda Fabia R5 7:09.3
7 October SS19 Elsi 10.06 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 7:34.0
SS20 Gwydir 1 14.70 km   Kalle Rovanperä  Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 10:00.1
SS21 Great Orme Llandudno 1 8.03 km   Fabio Andolfi  Simone Scattolin Škoda Fabia R5 4:35.9
SS22 Gwydir 2 14.70 km   Eric Camilli  Benjamin Veillas Ford Fiesta R5 9:54.6
SS23 Great Orme Llandudno 2 7.43 km[e] Stage interrupted[f]
World Rally Championship-3
4 October Clocaenog [Shakedown] 3.32 km   Taisko Lario  Tatu Hämäläinen Peugeot 208 R2 2:28.2 N/A
SS1 Tir Prince 1.70 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 1:38.3   Tom Williams  Phil Hall
5 October SS2 Clocaenog 1 7.67 km   Taisko Lario  Tatu Hämäläinen Peugeot 208 R2 5:05.3   Taisko Lario  Tatu Hämäläinen
SS3 Brenig 1 29.13 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 20:33.4   Tom Williams  Phil Hall
SS4 Penmachno 1 16.95 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 12:34.6
SS5 Slate Mountain 1 1.63 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 1:36.9
SS6 Slate Mountain 2 1.63 km   Taisko Lario  Tatu Hämäläinen Peugeot 208 R2 1:36.3
  Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T
SS7 Clocaenog 2 7.67 km   Taisko Lario  Tatu Hämäläinen Peugeot 208 R2 5:04.1
SS8 Brenig 2 29.13 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 20:24.8
SS9 Penmachno 2 16.95 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 12:43.4
6 October SS10 Myherin 1 20.28 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 13:16.7
SS11 Sweet Lamb Hafren 1 19.95 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 14:41.5
SS12 Dyfi 1 19.48 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 13:26.7
SS13 Gartheiniog 1 11.26 km   Taisko Lario  Tatu Hämäläinen Peugeot 208 R2 8:29.5
SS14 Dyfnant 8.30 km   Taisko Lario  Tatu Hämäläinen Peugeot 208 R2 5:24.6
SS15 Myherin 2 20.28 km   Taisko Lario  Tatu Hämäläinen Peugeot 208 R2 12:55.2
SS16 Sweet Lamb Hafren 2 19.95 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 13:48.4
SS17 Dyfi 2 19.48 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 12:55.0
SS18 Gartheiniog 2 11.26 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 8:14.1
7 October SS19 Elsi 10.06 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 8:33.2
SS20 Gwydir 1 14.70 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 11:26.9
SS21 Great Orme Llandudno 1 8.03 km   Taisko Lario  Tatu Hämäläinen Peugeot 208 R2 5:30.8
SS22 Gwydir 2 14.70 km   Tom Williams  Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T 11:28.7
SS23 Great Orme Llandudno 2 7.43 km[e] Stage interrupted[f]

Power stageEdit

The Power stage was a 14.70 km stage run on the final day of the rally. Additional World Drivers' and Co-drivers' Championship points were awarded to the five fastest crews. As the Power Stage was not the final stage of the rally, crews had to complete the event to be eligible to receive the points.[27]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Diff. Pts.
1   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC 9:31.6 0.0 5
2   Ott Tänak   Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC 9:32.4 +0.7 4
3   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 9:36.9 +5.2 3
4   Thierry Neuville   Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 9:37.3 +5.6 2
5   Esapekka Lappi   Janne Ferm Toyota Yaris WRC 9:39.9 +8.2 1

PenaltiesEdit

The following crews were given time penalties during the rally.

Stage No. Driver Co-driver Entrant Car Class Reason Penalty
SS1 97   John Morrison   Peter Carstairs   John Morrison Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX National 12 minutes late 2:00
SS6 99   Scott Partridge   Fiona Scarret   Scott Partridge Subaru Impreza N/A 1 minute late 0:10
SS9 83   Rhys Yates   Elliott Edmondson   Rhys Yates Škoda Fabia R5 National 5 minutes late 0:50
SS9 91   Jean-Baptiste Franceschi   Romain Courbon   Équipe de France FFSA Rally Ford Fiesta R2T N/A 1 minute late 0:10
SS9 95   Tony Jardine   Tom Cary   Tony Jardine Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N/A 3 minutes early 0:30
SS9 99   Scott Partridge   Fiona Scarret   Scott Partridge Subaru Impreza N/A 1 minute early 1:00
SS9 109   Stephen Southall   Richard Bestwick   Stephen Southall Ford Escort MK2 N/A 3 minutes late 3:00
SS10 61   Taisko Lario   Tatu Hämäläinen   Taisko Lario Peugeot 208 R2 WRC-3 3 minutes late 0:30
SS10 106   Saleh Hijazi   Stephen Landen   Saleh Hijazi MG ZR N/A 1 minute late 0:10
SS11 105   Bart Lang   Sinclair Young   Bart Lang Ford Fiesta R2 National 3 minutes late 0:30
SS18 93   Tom Woodburn   James Williams   Tom Woodburn Vauxhall Adam R2 National 8 minutes late 1:20
SS22 106   Saleh Hijazi   Stephen Landen   Saleh Hijazi MG ZR N/A 1 minute late 0:10

RetirementsEdit

The following crews retired from the event. Under Rally2 regulations, they were eligible to re-enter the event starting from the next leg. Crews that re-entered were given an additional time penalty.

Stage No. Driver Co-driver Entrant Car Class Cause Re-entry
SS1 97   John Morrison   Peter Carstairs   John Morrison Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX National Engine Yes
SS2 39   Nil Solans   Marc Martí   Nil Solans Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 Tyres Yes
SS2 43   Eric Camilli   Benjamin Veillas   M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 Punctures Yes
SS2 44   Chris Ingram   Ross Whittock   Toksport WRT Škoda Fabia R5 WRC-2 Mechanical Yes
SS3 94   William Creighton   Liam Regan   William Creighton Peugeot 208 R2 National Mechanical No
SS7 2   Elfyn Evans   Daniel Barritt   M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC WRC Mechanical Yes
SS7 39   Nil Solans   Marc Martí   Nil Solans Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 Tyres Yes
SS7 43   Eric Camilli   Benjamin Veillas   M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 Punctures Yes
SS7 44   Chris Ingram   Ross Whittock   Toksport WRT Škoda Fabia R5 WRC-2 Mechanical Yes
SS7 96   Kevin Horgan   Liam Fouhy   Kevin Horgan Škoda Fabia R2 National Mechanical Yes
SS7 111   Neil Andrew   Dominic Adams   Neil Andrew Subaru Impreza N/A Mechanical Yes
SS8 110   Iwan Evans   Sion Williams   Iwan Evans Subaru Impreza N/A Mechanical No
SS9 3   Teemu Suninen   Mikko Markkula   M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC WRC Mechanical No
SS9 102   Spencer Wilkinson   Glyn Thomas   Spencer Wilkinson Subaru Impreza WRX STi National Mechanical Yes
SS11 88   Sacha Kakad   James Aldridge   James Aldridge Ford Fiesta R5 National Mechanical No
SS11 99   Scott Partridge   Fiona Scarret   Scott Partridge Subaru Impreza N/A Mechanical No
SS11 101   Finlay Retson   Tom Hynd   Finlay Retson Ford Fiesta R2 National Driveshaft Yes
SS11 109   Stephen Southall   Richard Bestwick   Stephen Southall Ford Escort MK2 N/A Driveshaft Yes
SS15 35   Ole Christian Veiby   Stig Rune Skjærmoen   PH Sport Citroën C3 R5 WRC-2 Mechanical Yes
SS15 83   Rhys Yates   Elliott Edmondson   Rhys Yates Škoda Fabia R5 National Off road No
SS15 105   Bart Lang   Sinclair Young   Bart Lang Ford Fiesta R2 WRC-2 Mechanical Yes
SS16 8   Ott Tänak   Martin Järveoja   Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC WRC Radiator Yes
SS18 100   Peredur Davies   Jordan Reynolds   Peredur Davies Ford Fiesta R2 WRC-2 Mechanical Yes
SS18 107   Nabila Tejpar   Richard Bliss   Nabila Tejpar Peugeot 208 R2 WRC-2 Mechanical Yes
SS20 82   David Bogie   John Rowan   David Bogie Škoda Fabia R5 National Mechanical No
SS21 38   Pierre-Louis Loubet   Vincent Landais   BRC Racing Team Hyundai i20 R5 WRC-2 Accident No
SS21 84   Tom Cave   James Morgan   Tom Cave Hyundai i20 R5 N/A Mechanical No

Championship standings after the rallyEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Although some stages contain tarmac sections,[1][2] the rally is classified as a gravel event and tyre suppliers only provide crews with gravel-specification tyres.[3]
  2. ^ The first leg of the rally formed the penultimate round of the British national championship and the second leg was the final round. The third leg did not count towards the championship.[5]
  3. ^ Competitors competing in national events are variously eligible to score points in the British National, British Junior, British Cadet, British Ladies and British 2WD championships.
  4. ^ Kris Meeke had been scheduled to contest the rally with Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT when the route was published, but was fired by the team before the rally.[20][21]
  5. ^ a b c The original length of the stage was 8.03 km, but it was shortened following an emergency incident on the first pass through the stage.[30]
  6. ^ a b The second running of the Great Orme Llandudno stage was interrupted when emergency services attended an incident. The stage could not be completed by all competitors.[30]

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