Sola wins JWRC title

Citroen Saxo driver Daniel Sola has won the 2002 Junior WRC title after taking class victory on Rally GB. The Spaniard had trailed championship rival Andrea Dallavilla by one point heading into the season finale, and looked set to miss out on the title after Dallavilla established a big advantage.

Sola wins JWRC title

However, the Italian suffered a puncture on SS8, dropping a significant amount of time, leaving him hoping that Sola hit trouble if he was to have any chance of the title.

"It's difficult to speak," said an emotional Sola after the final stage. "I'm so happy - very happy."

Dallavilla was left ruing the ill-luck which denied him a chance at the title which he also missed out on in 2001.

"I have lost the championship fight and am very upset," he said. "A seven minute gap is too much for me to get back. This is not the result I was hoping for."

Sola enjoyed a trouble free run on the final day, and will hope that his achievement will be the precursor to a top-line WRC drive, just as it was to previous champion Sebastien Loeb.

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