More dominance from the Sebastien gang. Ogier looks unbeatable this year, and he walked away with the championship last year. There were some signs that Mikko Hirvonen might have regained his mojo, and for a brief period he led the rally, but Ogier took it back by yesterday evening with an incredible drive through the longest stage of the rally. After that, no one could keep up with him.
There are signs that the Hyundai team are making progress, with Thierry Neuville making some progress up the rankings, but his teammates seemed to fall by the wayside. Though I’m not sure what happened to Dani Sordo, he was going so well yesterday, and there didn’t seem to be any drop off in pace from him, so I’m assuming there were some mechanical issues that dropped him out of the rally.
Mads Ostberg seems to be gaining confidence in the Citroen, and Kris Meeke show flashes of good speed, but needs to show consistency.
For Ford, apart from Mikko H., they are having a tough time, Elfyn Evans is steadily making progress and is getting faster, but still making mistakes. And Kubica is having a torrid time, failing to have a ‘clean’ rally for 4 in succession. I would so enjoy seeing him make progress, and his results last year in WRC2 were really encouraging, but so far this year it has been a series of very tough lessons for him.
Good to see Ott Tanak back this year, showing great speed, but the crash happiness seems to be creeping back in. Really missing Evgeny Novikov, a great young talent, hope he’s back next year. Henning Solberg is back and driving really well, and always gives great end of stage interviews. I know he’s Norwegian, but the sound and inflection of his voice so reminds me of the Swedish cook from the muppets, which conjures up some rather amusing mental images.
Finally a heads up for the great online coverage, from the WRC Radio team, Becs Williams, George Donaldson, Colin Clarke and Lisa, without which following WRC would be almost impossible.
Roll on Argentina…