Ott Tänak sealed his maiden FIA World Rally Championship title after finishing second at RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España on Sunday afternoon.
In a tense climax to the closing Wolf Power Stage, the Estonian claimed the points he needed to seal the crown and end a valiant bid by Thierry Neuville to carry the battle into next month’s final round in Australia.
Neuville won the three-day mixed surface event by 17.2sec in a Hyundai i20 with team-mate Dani Sordo third, 0.4sec behind Tänak’s Toyota Yaris. First and third for the Korean squad extended its manufacturers’ championship lead over Toyota Gazoo Racing to 18 points.
Tänak won the live TV Wolf Power Stage to claim five bonus points. Elfyn Evans was second in a Ford Fiesta to collect four points, with Neuville taking three in third. Sordo and Sébastien Ogier, driving a Citroën C3, were fourth and fifth to take two and one point.
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