His prize is a brand-new Ford Fiesta R5 to compete in the series next year, accompanied by a generous tyre support package.

Although a puncture on Saturday cost Kristensson the chance to fight for the overall championship, he was content with his result at the end of Sunday. The Swede finished 2nd in the JWRC standings, 2min 51.7sec behind Solans. The result was good enough for Kristensson to snatch the 2019 rookie award and with that a 15,000 euros prize fund to support his JWRC campaign in 2020.

Sean Johnston enjoyed a relatively drama-free event to secure a career-best finish in third place whilst Enrico Oldrati came home a distant fourth.

Fabrizio Zalidvar rounded out the top-5, followed by American drivers Ryan Booth and Keanna Erickson-Chang who were both enjoying their  JWRC debut on the muddy Welsh stages.

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