Solans started Sunday’s leg with a 3min 24.4sec lead over fellow title challenger Tom Kristensson. The Spaniard opted for a steady approach as he focused on the title. This outlook paid off, as Solans, driving a Fiesta R2, arrived back at the Llandudno finish on the top step of the J podium.

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

“It feels amazing to win my first world title and hopefully 2020 will be a great year in 2. I am so happy about the whole weekend,” said the new champion.

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 J 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 J 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  J debut on the muddy Welsh stages.

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