Well done for Dani Sordo, well done for Mini and finally well done for Eurosport – the spectacular Tour de Corse rally deserved only the best from everyone involved and luckily they all delivered. Spaniard was my favourite before the start of the rally, not only because I enjoy his driving and character but because he played his cards right in a very tricky rally and was awarded with a deserving win.
It was battle for second place that brought excitement to day three of Tour de Corse for me – Pierre Campana and Jan Kopecky pushing themselves to the limit in trying to both survive and not make a mistake on insanely fast and narrow roads as well as keep the pace and gaps in check. Kopecky responded to Campana’s challenge with anger and managed to defend second place ahead of the local Campana. Hat’s off to Jan for earning back some credits lost with some fans due to his apparent lack of pace when compared to Andreas Mikkelsen.
Speaking of Mikkelsen – he can more or less only thank the fact that his off on day 2 did not cost him anything more than a handfull of points. In a more dense and populated entry list his time deficit would not allow him to finish in 5th position overall, behind Bryan Bouffier. In the end Corsica turned out not so bad for Norwegian, yet it’s not a very pretty sight to have a crew which is 3.54 minutes behind the leader to be in fifth. Either way, Mikkelsen’s result brought more excitement into championship.
I would like to think I can speak for every true rally fan when I say I thoroughly enjoyed this years Tour de Corse – radio, TV, live timing and excellent onboards coupled with superb driving and great news of new manufacturer really give me hope in bright future of world rallying.