Perfect Mexican adventure for Sebastien Ogier; Qatar youngsters equally impressive

  • Damien

    What a great rally! Too bad for the technical problems but it is still quite a joy to see the young pilots at QMWRT evolve into (hopefully) future champions.
    Jari-Matti Latvala still seeming a bit late in the learning of his new car, I hope it’s that and not some lack of motivation/perseverance that caused his bad results so far.
    And as for Ogier, he looks like he has nothing left to prove only 3 rallies into the championship… This is really insane.
    A battle between him and Loeb this year would probably have marked motorsport for decades. Yet they can still compete on the number of titles, and the new Seb looks in good shape to take a similar route as his predecessor’s…

    Anyway, great reading as usual, thank you for keeping this awesome blog up!

  • flat-over-crest

    Never thought I’d say this,but already I’m missing Loeb.Without him the year seems to be a VW/Ogier monopoly and another endless yawnfest.Just the one thing WRC absolutely needed to avoid right now.
    A guy called Sebastian won …(yawn)…others are falling apart (more yawn)…huge gaps,no competition,no star drivers…(wake me up when it’s over)…all so familiar for the last 8,9,10 years (or is it centuries?)
    If my friend Damien you saw this as a great rally,I gotta have my eyes checked as soon as possible.

    • Damien

      Yes of course if you judge a rally based only on its final time results, or on the name of the rally winner, I can understand how you did not see how awesome it was.

      • You are both right to an extent, I believe. Yes, at the moment Ogier & VW are so strong that it does look like a yawnfest, but at the same time, it’s not! Gaps are huge, that’s why we need more teams and drivers, to fill in the holes – even if Ogier runs away in the lead, we should enjoy at least one or two exciting battles for lower podium and points positions. It’s up to Citroën to respond to VW’s challenge, or rather, it’s up to Hirvonen and Sordo to wake up or step down – for now, Qatar is much more serious challenge to Volkswagen. Season is not ideal in terms of balance, but it’s exciting nonetheless! Let’s have faith! :)

  • flat-over-crest

    Dear Damien,I am 40-plus years old (ouch!) and been watching rallying since my teens,in the Group B era.
    I’ve taken to the mountains to see epic battles between legends of the sport like Alen,Kankkunen,Vatanen,Auriol,Sainz and the like.Last time I had a buzz,Colin was alive and Gronholm was Champion…
    It will take something pretty strong to excite me.
    No offence.

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