Wiegard was fastest on each of Saturday’s three stages, to wrap up a dominant four days of competition in his Skoda Fabia S2000. The German took the lead on the second stage when Esapekka Lappi retired his similar car with accident damage.
Despite treacherous road conditions on SS14 today, Wiegard set the seventh fastest time overall. He repeated the feat on SS16 – despite a spin at the top of the Col de Turini.
Subaru Impreza pilot Armin Kremer said he was relieved to be in the rally at all after the ‘crazy’ conditions of SS14. After SS16 he headed to service in Monaco with a 2m55.5s cushion over fellow Subaru driver Yuriy Protasov whose vision was hampered by a misting windscreen.
When the final two stages were cancelled the results after SS16 were declared final.
Rashid Al Ketbi, in a Skoda Fabia S2000 was fourth, 14m37.2s behind Protasov, with Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X driver Ricardo Trivinio fifth and the only other WRC 2 finisher.