The outcome of a thrilling finale for the JWRC title was given today on stage 8 even before the end of the event. If Guy Wilks wanted to be crowned, he had to win the Spanish round while Dani would finish not better than seventh. The hopes of...
The outcome of a thrilling finale for the JWRC title was given today on stage 8 even before the end of the event.
If Guy Wilks wanted to be crowned, he had to win the Spanish round while Dani would finish not better than seventh. The hopes of the Brit ended when he went off the road.
When they returned to Port Aventura for the midday service, Dani and Marc were welcomed by a very noisy fan-club celebrating the title. "The most important target of this season was of course to become Junior World Champion. It was a dream and now it's here I can't really realise it happened. Marc and I were happy when we won the Spanish Championship, but today it's even stronger ! This is the reward for all the work done by Citroen's Sport customer department and the Kronos racing team's commitment. To win the title here on our home rally is just fantastic.."
For the Citroen team, this title was also 'The' target. "Being Junior World Champion with Dani is for us as strong as being World Champion with Sebastien, explained Yves Matton the Customer programme manager. "This is the success of shared passion, a same method and a same way of working. Since the start of the season Dani has shown an incredible speed, a fantastic ability to manage his rallies and a huge strong self-control. This is simply remarkable for a 22 years old driver who is competing for the first time at the world level. I also want to congratulate the Kronos Racing team for the excellent job they did throughout the season."
"We are really delighted to finish the season like this with our two crews, said engineer Alexis Avril. "We came very close to this happy ending in Corsica and it added a bit of pressure before coming here, but the fact that Dani was crowned on his home event is simply great."
Kris Meeke has forgotten for a moment his misfortunes on the event to underline "the good work they did together in a healthy atmosphere, which allowed the team to bring this success to the C2 S1600." With fair play, the driver from Ulster recognized that "Dani has done a better job than I did. He deserved his title and I want to congratulate him."
However the rally wasn't finish for Dani and Marc who left the midday service 26 seconds behind Mirco Baldacci . They won all the following stages making up their delay on the San Marin driver who finally retired in the last stage of the day. Less than 70 kilometres remain for tomorrow's final leg. If Dani and Marc continue their faultless race, they could add the icing on the cake with a victory on their home-ground.