2016 Rally Catalunya – Rally de España: Sébastien Ogier wins fourth WRC title in a row with Spain win


Sébastien Ogier has won his fourth World Rally Championship for Volkswagen by winning the 2016 Rally Catalunya – Rally de España.

Unlike the Power Stage drama of last year, Ogier claimed his fifth rally win of the 2016 WRC season, as well as a second place on the Power Stage, which was enough for the Frenchman to claim his fourth World Rally Championship in a row.

Ogier, now joins the likes of Juha Kannkunen and Tommi Mäkinen who have won four World Rally Championships.

The three Hyundai’s of Dani Sordo, Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon are second, third and fourth respectively after recovering from the abrasive Corsican asphalt at the previous round at Tour de Corse.

Mads Østberg has claimed his best-ever asphalt finish for M-Sport in fifth, ahead of DMACK’s Ott Tänak in sixth, who celebrated his twenty-ninth birthday yesterday.

The final Hyundai of Kevin Abbring claimed his best-ever result to date in the WRC in seventh, while Jan Kopecký, Pontus Tidemand and Craig Breen complete the top ten for Rally Catalunya 2016.

Jan Kopecky WRC2 Winner 2016 Rally de Espana
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In WRC2, Jan Kopecký used his asphalt driving skills to good effect as he took his first WRC2 win of the season in Spain

Kopecký took the lead on Day 2 from runner-up Pontus Tidemand to record a +15.3 second win over the Swede.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X of Jim van den Heuvel is third after Frigyes Turán incurred a 25 minute penalty, which demoted the Hungarian down to eighth.

Finland’s Teemu Suninen has it all to do if he’s to dethrone the WRC2 Championship Leader Elfyn Evans in the Standings in fourth, whilst Norway’s Ole Christian Veiby is fifth and Marius Aasen completes the top six for WRC2.

While in WRC3, Fabio Andolfi has taken his second WRC3 win of the season on the mixed surface stages at Rally Catalunya.

Switzerland’s Michaël Burri was over eight minutes behind the winner Andolfi in second, while Damiano De Tommaso completed the top three for WRC3 in Salou.

Osian Pryce has been crowned the 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy winner by finishing fifth in Spain. Credit: @World Photography/Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy
Osian Pryce has been crowned the 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy winner by finishing fifth in Spain. Credit: @World Photography/Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy

Finally, in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, Osian Pryce has made history as he has become the first Briton to win the trophy in Spain.

After suffering a misfire with his Fiesta all weekend, luck was on the Welshman’s side as fifth place was enough for Pryce to become the 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy winner.

Northern Ireland’s Jon Armstrong won on the mixed surface stages in Spain, ahead of Gus Greensmith and 2016 DDFT runner-up Max Vatanen, who complete the top three finishers in the Trophy.

Now, the World Rally Championship heads to Flintshire for the 2016 Wales Rally GB from the 27-30 October 2016, which is the penultimate round of the 2016 WRC season.