For Jari-Matti Latvala and Sébastien Ogier, this was not about acquiring a ticket to the kingdom of heaven, instead it was about a fight for a win.
The Finn, driving Ford's new Fiesta WRC, held a slender lead, just ahead of the Frenchman in his Citroën (pictured above). The timing beam for the stage finish was situated just before a right-hand bend, for which heavy braking was required.
Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia, however, had spotted a piece of wasteland, into which the DS3 could disappear without damage. Ogier took the flying finish flat-out, shooting straight ahead into the field.
In doing so he set the fastest time and celebrated another victory. It was the closest winning margin in fifty years - just two-tenths of a second.
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Sections of this story are excerpts from 'WRC 50, The Story of the World Rally Championship 1973-2022', written by Markus Stier. Purchase your copy here.
Cover Photo: © McKlein