Single. Word. Sentences. Ok, enough of that. But seriously, what a day, eh? The battle was intense yesterday and we though it just cannot get any better. But of course it can, and it did. Thierry Neuville clipped a little something, not hard but hard enough to take the rubber off the rim and with it the leading position in the provisional standings. It was great while it lasted, but Neuville is still pretty much here and despite the huge gap to the front runners he won’t say no if the opportunity arises tomorrow. Plus, he was the talk of the day yesterday which is not a small thing considering the fact that this was supposed to be a Rally of The Two Sebs.
But even with Neuville more or less gone, this rally still isn’t all about two Sebs, far from it. Out of nowhere, on the wings of who knows what kind of self confidence boosting technique in came Jari-Matti Latvala to clinch the lead of the event in the final stage of the day. To say his lead is marginal is not close enough. There is only 4 tenths separating Latvala and Dani Sordo. I know, right? We are talking about Sordo who was doubting whether rallying is the right sport for him, and same Latvala who was arguing with himself and complaining of utter disappointment earlier this year.
I’d say the hype around two Sebastiens actually boosted others to try and claim some of the fame back. Because it is not all about Sebastiens, it never was and it never should be. Currently, younger Seb is in a better position, if you can say that about the 3.5 second gap to Loeb.
This event is absolutely fantastic and we got to see it live on TV/computers today as well. The feedback from fans was fantastic, let’s hope someone is listening on the other end. And coming up with proper decisions for the future.
As for now, bring on tomorrow!
Oh, by the way, what’s up with Norwegian drivers and their rain antics on the start of the special stages? That’s some Norse voodoo magic or what?