Friday | 18 Dec 2015

Stories of 2015: Mikkelsen's magic

WRC story of 2015

Which was your favourite?

It's our final flashback to the major stories of the 2015 WRC, and this one revisits Andreas Mikkelsen's breathtaking maiden victory at Spain's Rally RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada in October when Sébastien Ogier crashed out of the lead in the final speed test.

In a hugely dramatic finale, Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Fløene finished the last stage and learned they had edged Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala for what should have been second after a fierce final day fight.

But seconds later the Norwegian was informed Ogier had smashed his similar Polo R into a metal roadside barrier less than 4km from the finish, ripping the rear right wheel from the car.

Mikkelsen was stunned into silence as he realised the significance of his colleague's error, securing his first WRC win in 64 attempts. Fløene simply cried!

Not the big finish Ogier wanted in Spain

"It was absurd because Ogier never makes mistakes so when they told me I didn't believe it. It was a big surprise, and although it's not the way I want to win a rally, we've been so close so many times that I feel I really deserve this one," said 26-year-old Mikkelsen.

Ogier was seemingly on his way to an eighth victory of the season on the four-day mixed surface event south of Barcelona with a comfortable 50.9sec lead over Mikkelsen.

His win completes our selection of major stories from an exciting 2015 season. Now it's your turn - tell us which of the five we have featured this week was your favourite.

Cast your vote in our poll above and we'll bring you the results next week.

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