WRC and me, why it counts!
Rallying has always been one of my favourite forms of motorsport. In the 80’s, I remember the thrill when Rally de Portugal being based close to Lisbon and I watched the cars passing just in front of my house. There were so many amazing drivers, true stars that turned into the legends they now are – Michele Mouton, Walter Röhrl, Markku Alén, Stig Blomqvist, Micki Biasion, Ari Vatanen, The cars they drove were fit for legends – the Lancia Delta S4, Lancia Delta Integrale, Lancia Stratos, Audi Quattro, Ford Escort RS200. Happy days indeed!
Then throughout the years other legends made their name their too. Carlos Sainz, Richard Burns, Colin McRae (and the Subaru Impreza!), Marcus Grönholm, Petter Solberg and the great of the greatest Sébastien Loeb.
However, we cannot live in the past. Today, there are new drivers – legends of the future.
Of the current crop, I’m a fan of Hyundai Motorsport and the skills of Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon.
However you have to admire and respect Sébastien Ogier too. He’s the most focused and determined driver I’ve seen in action so far. That probably explains why he’s won five consecutive WRC titles in a row!
Of the other teams, Toyota is already looking surprisingly strong this year, Ott Tänak seems to have found his sweet spot with the Yaris giving Jari-Matti Latvala some serious competition from within his own team.
Let’s see what happens this year!
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