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The 2006 Wales Rally GB was the final round of the 2006 World Rally Championship season. It took place between December 1–3, 2006.

This was the first Wales Rally GB since beloved Welsh navigator Michael Park lost his life at last year's ill-fated event. Fortunately enough, there was no death or tragedy at the 2006 Rally GB.

It also saw the absence of Sébastien Loeb, still injured after his mountain bike accident and for the second time around Dani Sordo was the lead driver.

Marcus Grönholm won for the third time in four rallies but Loeb had accumulated such a huge point lead before Turkey that Grönholm's failure to finish third or better in Australia handed Loeb the 2006 championship crown by one point. He received the news at home via an Internet video link to the rally HQ. Due to the time difference, he made do with early morning coffee instead of the customary champagne, calling the whole experience "strange".

Results Edit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1 Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 06 3:20:24.8 0.0 10
2 Austria Manfred Stohl Austria Ilka Minor Peugeot 307 WRC 3:22:00.3 1:35.5 8
3 Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC 06 3:22:20.0 1:55.2 6
4 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 06 3:23:01.9 2:37.1 5
5 Spain Xavier Pons Spain Carlos Del Barrio Citroën Xsara WRC 3:23:44.7 3:19.9 4
6 Australia Chris Atkinson Australia Glenn MacNeall Subaru Impreza WRC 06 3:23:52.3 3:27.5 3
7 Spain Dani Sordo Spain Marc Marti Citroën Xsara WRC 3:24:33.1 4:08.3 2
8 Belgium François Duval France Patrick Pivato Škoda Fabia WRC 3:24:47.4 4:22.6 1
JWRC
1. Estonia Jaan Mölder Germany Katrin Becker Suzuki Swift S1600 3:55:04.7 0.0 10
2. Italy Luca Betti Italy Piercarlo Capolongo Renault Clio S1600 3:57:00.3 1:55.6 8
3. Germany Aaron Burkart Germany Tanja Geilhausen Citroën C2 S1600 4:00:50.2 5:45.5 6
4. United Kingdom Barry Clark United Kingdom Scott Martin Ford Fiesta ST 4:04:23.2 9:18.5 5
5. France Fabio Fiandino France Sabrina de Castelli Citroën C2 R2 4:04:53.2 9:48.5 4
6. Sweden Patrik Sandell Sweden Emil Axelsson Renault Clio S1600 4:06:07.4 11:02.7 3
7. United Kingdom James Wozencroft United Kingdom Robert Fagg Suzuki Ignis S1600 4:06:30.6 11:25.9 2
8. Italy Andrea Cortinovis Italy Massimiliano Bosi Renault Clio RS 4:07:48.8 12:44.1 1

TriviaEdit

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