Sunday | 15 Nov 2015

Suninen snatches last gasp WRC 2 victory

Teemu Suninen pounced to snatch a final stage victory in WRC 2 at Wales Rally GB after long-time leader Eric Camilli limped through the final two tests with an engine problem.

Camilli had led since Friday afternoon in his Ford Fiesta R5 and began today's final leg in the north of the country with a 35sec advantage over the Finn, driving a Skoda Fabia S2000.

However, the Frenchman encountered turbo problems in the penultimate test and dropped 40sec in the final stage to hand Suninen his maiden WRC 2 win by 19.2sec.

"That's the best way to end the season," said a delighted Suninen. "It was a new rally for me and there were so many new things to learn, but it all came good at the end."

Craig Breen led until a Friday afternoon puncture sent him tumbling down the order. However, a string of consistent times enabled the Irishman to take the final podium place in a Peugeot 208 T16 R5, a further 42.8sec back.

Eric Camilli lost the lead on the rally's final stage

Abdulaziz Al Kuwari finished fourth in a Ford Fiesta RRC,and that was enough to deprive Ukraine's Yurii Protasov of second in the championship behind Nasser Al-Attiyah. Protasov restarted after crashing his similar car yesterday and finished out of the points in 13th.

Jaroslaw Koltun finished fifth in a Fiesta R5 with the similar car of Peruvian Nicolas Fuchs completing the top six.

Joan Carchat won the Production Cup within WRC 2 by more than 3min 30sec in a Mitsubishi Lancer, but third was enough for Italy's Gianluca Linari to secure the title in a Subaru Impreza.

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