Spain driver report: part 2
How did the top drivers fare in the WRC’s penultimate round?
Pure and unadulterated joy as Andreas Mikkelsen realises he’s just won his first WRC event – a result that was confirmed by the shock retirement of team-mate Sébasiten Ogier on the event-ending Power Stage.
Spain’s gravel stages made for some spectacular action. Here, Jari-Matti Latvala’s Volkswagen Polo R is hotly pursued by the WRC’s tracking helicopter.
Smoothing the way:
Switching between gravel and asphalt dampers during the event required the teams to be fully switched on when finding the optimum set up for the conditions.
Spanish driver Dani Sordo put on a spectacular show in his Hyundai i20 WRC and delighted his local fans by finishing in an impressive third overall.
Rally fans of all ages headed into the stages to watch the WRC action. Some, such as this elderly lady, opted to watch from a more comfortable vantage point.
On the edge:
Although his pace wasn’t up there with the leaders on gravel, M-Sport World Rally Team driver, Elfyn Evans, was spectacular in his Ford Fiesta RS.
Flying the flag:
The dedication of Norway’s WRC fans was rewarded with Mikkelsen’s victory. It was the country’s first WRC success since Mads Østberg’s 2012 victory in Portugal.