Sunday | 15 Nov 2015

Gilbert takes WRC 3 title

Quentin Gilbert secured the FIA WRC 3 title at Wales Rally GB despite missing out on his target of a class win at the season finale.

Having wrapped up the Junior WRC title in Corsica, the Frenchman hoped to round off the season in style with another win this weekend. But after taking the early lead he was forced out on Friday with a broken water pump belt.

He restarted on Saturday sixth in WRC 3 and set a string of fastest times to climb to third, behind Ole Christian Veiby and Fabio Andolfi and guarantee the crown.

"After we lost our water pump we had to rely on Rally 2. These sort of mechanical things happen and we understand that, it's no problem," he said. 

"After that it was another rally. It was not possible to win so we just tried to enjoy it. I know the stages well and although the conditions were difficult they were what you expect on Wales Rally GB. Good experience for the future I think. Overall it has been an incredible season - and much better than last year," he added.

Gilbert and co-driver Renaud Jamoul will return to the championship in 2016 for a season in WRC 2 with Citroën, their prize for winning the Junior WRC title.

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