Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution driver, Guy Wilks completed a faultless final leg to win the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship category of this year's Wales Rally Great Britain which ended in Cardiff on Sunday.

Wilks' first win at the highest level of Group N competition was worth more than 10 Production points. Not only the final WRC round, Wales Rally GB doubled as the last event in the British Rally Championship calendar and Wilks' Welsh success delivered his maiden British title. He and co-driver Phil Pugh were understandably delighted when they returned to Cardiff after four exceptionally difficult stages on the final loop.

Despite being mindful of what was at stake, Wilks still pushed hard in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution collecting fastest time in the morning run through Trawscoed. The conditions were typical of this event at this time of the year, squalling rain, mist and fog left the fast forest tracks resembling a mud bath for much of the event. Despite the exceptionally tricky conditions, Wilks and fellow Mitsubishi drivers Juho Hanninen from Finland, Briton Mark Higgins and Italian Alessandro Bettega, locked-out the top four places on what had been one of the most demanding rounds of the world championship.

"It's a fantastic result for the team," said Wilks. "I knew what I had to do here, but at the same time there was a PWRC win on offer. What was satisfying was that I was able to win the class, while controlling the pace and making sure we didn't jeopardize the British title. It has been a really tricky event, with a bit of everything - like you expect from Rally GB. The dark stage on Friday was really hard work as the bolts on our spotlights had worked loose. They fell off with about five kilometres to go leaving us with virtually no light at all. Like I said, the tough conditions have made this really hard, but they have also made the win more satisfying. Awesome!"

Juho Hanninen moved into second place in Group N, passing fellow Mitsubishi driver Mark Higgins in the first stage of the day. Hanninen saved his best performance for the final day, posting fastest time in three of the leg's four stages ensuring the Lancer Evolution remained unbeaten through the last day of the world championship season.

Bettega was pleased with his accomplished drive on his Production Car debut aboard a Lancer Evolution. "The roads have been tough again today. The weather has been a little bit crazy some times, like today the rain coming from nowhere. But hey, we are here and the car has been very good for me."

Armindo Araujo from Portugal was robbed of his fifth place in Production WRC by two punctures on the first run through Trawscoed. He ended the event one place further back in the championship. "I couldn't believe it," said Araujo. "Not one but two tyres going down. There were many rocks everywhere, it was very hard to miss them."

One position further back in Production WRC was Martin Prokop from the Czech Republic, after a steady run in his Lancer Evolution.

It was another great performance by Mitsubishi drivers overall, with six of the top 10 Group N places taken by Lancer Evolutions.

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