World champion Sebastien Ogier registered his eighth win of the year in the season-ending Wales Rally GB, but the Frenchman was in no mood to celebrate in the wake of the Paris shootings.
The Volkswagen Polo R driver beat Kris Meeke - recording the best finish in a home event by a Briton in 15 years - in his Citroen DS 3 by 26 seconds with Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen third in another Polo R.
At the end of the final power stage Ogier, after a third successive victory in the event, got out of his car and draped a tricolour across his windscreen and the French national flag was in evidence again at a muted podium presentation.
Welsh rally driver Elfyn Evans will join the M-Sport World Rally Team's 2014 line-up, it has been announced.
It comes after the 24-year-old, based at Dolgellau in Gwynedd, won the WRC Academy in 2012 and took top WRC2 honours in last month’s Wales Rally GB.
He said: “It is an absolutely fantastic feeling to know that I will be driving a world rally car for a full season next year.
"This is just the first step and I am extremely grateful to M-Sport for this opportunity and their belief in my future.”
A worldwide audience of motor racing fans will tune in to Conwy later, with the ceremonial start of the final round of the World Rally Championship.
North Wales is a new home for the Wales Rally GB which is expected to plough 5 million pounds into the local economy.
The event finishes in Llandudno.
It's six months until the world rally championship comes to its climax in Wales - and today the brains and the bosses behind the championship annnounced a lot of changes.
This year - the 1,700 kilometer course starts and finishes in North Wales - and runs over routes some of which were last used in the Wales Rally GB fifty years ago, as Rob Shelley reports.
Wales Rally GB are launching this year's event which takes place in north Wales this November. The new route starts in Conwy and finishes in Llandudno, with the headquarters moving out of Cardiff to Deeside.
Wales Rally GB will be officially launched at its new home in North Wales later. Organisers announced last month that rally, which has been based in South Wales since 2000, was making the move north.
The rally takes place between 14th and 17th November and the new route will be announced at today's launch in Llandudno.
Wales Rally GB is moving to North Wales this November.
The route will be more compact than in previous years, with more forest stages.
Night-time spectator stages are being reintroduced.
"The move to North Wales has a number of significant advantages. Most importantly, perhaps, we are closer to the sport’s traditional heartlands, some iconic rally forests", Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of rally organiser International Motor Sports, said.
Wales Rally GB is the final round of the World Rally Championship (WRC).
More details on the event, which will run between 14 and 17 November, will be released next month.
The rally has been run 68 times since 1932.
There had been doubts over the 2013 event, because of funding issues, but the Welsh Government agreed a deal with organisers back last September.
Wales Rally GB is set to return next year.
Business Minister Edwina Hart has announced that the Welsh Government has reached an agreement in principle with organisers International Motorsports to host the event here in 2013.
There had been doubts over the future of the event in Wales, with funding cited as one issue.