The pair fought tooth and nail for top spot on Saturday before Solberg edged clear as Loubet was content to settle for the runners-up spot, which promoted him into the championship lead with two rounds remaining.

Solberg (below) presented his former team managers David Richards (Subaru) and Malcolm Wilson (Ford) with commemorative crash helmets on the podium as he ended his rally driving career.

Eighteen-year-old Oliver Solberg, who only passed his driving test the week before the rally, had an eventful weekend. After retiring on both Friday and Saturday, he returned to the fray for a third time on Sunday and won the opening two tests before rolling into retirement.

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