In the first day of the final round of the WEC championship, spectators saw Metzeler riders Mika Ahola and Christophe Nambotin battle in the French countryside for the championship in Enduro 3. One of them would take home the crown, and Ahola beat Nambotin on the first day to take home the championship, and simultaneously became the first person to take home a WEC title in all three categories. Ahola was able to maintain the lead for the entire day, no doubt due in part to an injured wrist that Nambotin was nursing.
Juha Salminen was crowned champion on the first day as well. The battle for the E1 title had come down to the last round, with Salminen and Metzeler rider Eero Remes duking it out for the lead; Salminen needed to finish ahead of Remes, and he did. Salminen started the day off poorly, losing some time in the first lap of the special stage, but he shook it off, regained the lead and held it for the rest of the day.
Enduro 2: Pierre-Alexandres Renet from France took home the victory, while Metzeler rider Cristobal Guerrero came home third, behind Frenchman Antoine Meo.
Titles had already been secured by Salminen and Ahola on Saturday, and Meo had an unassailable lead from an earlier round, but there was still some great racing. In Enduro 3, Nambotin’s wrist kept him from competing after Saturday’s valiant effort, and the podium went Ahola, Salvini, Tarkkala.
Enduro 2 saw Meo clawing his way to victory past Pierre-Alexandre Renet, who crashed during the third lap, and Guerrero and Cervantes coming 2nd and 3rd.
Congratulations to Metzeler riders—and indeed, all the competitors—for a great season, and especially to Mika Ahola for winning Enduro 3.
Final championship results:
1. Salminen Juha Finland
2. Remes Eero Finland
3. Seistola Matti Finland
Meo Antoine France
Ahola Mika Finland
Nambotin Christophe France
Ljunggren Joakim Sweden
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