2015 World Rally Championship | Tour de Corse
Written by Michael Vettas | Images by Michael Vettas and André Lavadinho
Rally de France | Heat 3 – The final day of Rallye de Corse and Volkswagen’s Jari-Matti Latvala is set to take his third victory for 2015 but it won’t come easy with Elfyn Evans out to take his maiden victory in the World Rally Championship.
The last day saw competitors take on the three last stages of Rally de France, Sotta – Chialza (36.71 KM), Zerubia – Martini (41.46 KM) and the final Power Stage Bisinao – Agosta Plage (16.74 KM).
Latvala began the day 2 sec ahead of Evans with Mikkelsen a further 30 seconds behind in third.
Sebastian Ogier even though out of contention, still applied maximum pressure to show why he is the reigning champion by winning the first stage, Sotta – Chialza. Latvala also drove brilliant to increase his gap by 15sec over Evans while Mikkelsen still in third also reduced his gap to Evans.
Hyundai Motorsport’s Dani Sordo drove magnificently to win stage 8 Zerubia – Martini to show real character and would have been fighting for an overall podium position if not for mechanical issues. But it wasn’t to be Evans day with Latvala continuing to extend his lead.
With only one stage remaining, the Power Stage Bisinao – Agosta Plage, 16.74 KM, it was Ogier chance to shine once again by blitzing everyone by an impressive 10sec. Latvala managed to have a clean run to cross the line in first place with Elfyn Evans taking second place and Mikkelsen third.
WRC Driver Interviews
Jari-Matti Latvala – “I am struggling to put it all into words. It is a fantastic feeling to win here on Corsica. The conditions were not easy again today. I would like to dedicate my victory to my idol Henri Toivonen. That is another reason why today is such a special day for me.”
Elfyn Evans – “I think it’s fair to say that it’s been one hell of a week for Welsh sport! To see the Welsh rugby team doing so well, and then my result here, it’s just a great achievement and I really hope that I did the boys back home proud.
“Needless to say we’re delighted with the result. Coming here for the first time and seeing how tough the conditions were going to be, I never imagined that we’d be leading the rally by such a strong margin.
“It was a bit of a nice surprise to say the least, and I’m glad that we were able to bring home such a strong result for the team because they really do deserve it. We have done a lot of work since Germany and it’s just great to see that it all paid off. A big thanks to the team and also to the gravel crew who did a fantastic job all weekend.”
Andreas Mikkelsen – “The bottom line is, we are very happy with the way the Rally France panned out. Third place is a good result, although we were pushing really hard to catch Elfyn Evans in second place towards the end. We fought back really well, but unfortunately just came up short. Congratulations to Jari-Matti Latvala and Elfyn Evans– they both drove a strong rally.”
1. LATVALA 2:39:46.7
2. EVANS +43.1
3. MIKKELSEN +46.3
4. MEEKE +1:33.4
5. PADDON +1:53.6
Championship Standings as at the end of Round 11
1. Ogier 238
2. Latvala 160
3. Mikkelsen 126
4. Østberg 98
5. Neuville 86
The next round of the championship moves to the European mainland and RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada just outside of Barcelona, Spain 22nd to 25th October, 2015.
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