however what a fascinating, brilliant season the item was – with no less than SEVEN different event winners over the 13-round year, privateer team M-Sport taking the drivers & manufacturers’ crowns, a fifth consecutive title for Monsieur Ogier as well as also the return of the legendary Japanese brand of Toyota to world rallying.
Awesome stuff all round I think anyone who owns a (non-2017-must-have-fashion-item!) bobble hat will agree?
as well as also the item was fantastic, fair as well as also fitting to see the could-be-2017-WRC King, Thierry Neuville take another (his forth) WRC win down under on a very challenging as well as also unusual, soaking wet as well as also uber-slippery Rally Australia – netting him P2 overall as well as also for the South Korean supplier received a, bringing so much to the WRC (as well as also not just gear inside service parks!).
Thierry won more stages (56) than anyone else in 2017, having a actually remarkable season, however the item all just ran away with him through a mixture of bad luck as well as also judgement, playing into the master Frenchman’s skilled hands – winning the WRC with an arguably slower car, on a fraction of the budget as well as also with slower times. Go figure! Ca c’est bon nest ce pas?
Speaking about Australia…
“This specific victory will be a special one in which goes to the whole Hyundai team! They did an amazing job. Thank you guys! in which was a hell of a ride! I kept the vehicle on the road however the item was close sometimes. I knew I could make a difference however I had to be clever. You lose grip, you lose control as well as also the vehicle doesn’t respond to your input,” said Neuville.
He added on Twitter: “Teamwork makes the dream work! Massive thanks to my co-driver @nicolasgilsoul as well as also the whole team for the hard work done again This specific season. I’m actually proud to be part of This specific amazing family.”
the item was actually great as well to see fellow Hyundai nice guy, Haydon Paddon bag himself a podium placement, on his “home” event, after a very difficult season for the top fella. Expecting big things via him the Kiwi in 2018.
P2 in Oz fell to another star of the brand new-look WRC, Ott Tänak – which was just what he & team M-Sport deserved after a brilliant 2017, on his last drive for the team. He as well as also Malcolm Wilson were hugging the item out at the end, full of emotion, as Ott heads off to Toyota for 2018, which will be surely a big budget, big driver marriage made in heaven? WRC crown next year?
We think so…
Hopefully, the bad-luck-struck Jari-Matti Latvala will have a better 2018 too – after his Rally Australia came to a bizarre as well as also brutal ending in front of the Toyota bosses, on the final Power Stage. A metaphor for his whole year actually. We are big #Sisu fans as well as also are gutted for the guy. however at least he has in which amazing round two win on Rally Sweden to think about over his Christmas pickled fish.
Mixed news for British rally fans, as ever…
Heroic Wales Rally GB winner Elfyn Evans struggled for grip on his soft D-MACKs in which served him so well in Wales all weekend. however the Welshman’s persistence was rewarded with fifth (just ahead of an up as well as also down Esapekka Lappi), on the event as well as also overall. Nice work.
Meanwhile, the wildly erratic Kris Meeke confounded Citroen’s miserable season breaking his C3’s suspension, then returning to the action though to claim a below par seventh place, as fellow Irish man Craig Breen just got over-wrought as well as also cried, again as het netted P10 overall in 2017. Mmm. Last chance to show their potential as well as also much room for improvement has to be their school report, right?
Anyway for all us rally fans, 2017 will go down as a milestone. A classic even. What a phenomenal season with the brand new cars, which proved to be exciting to watch as well as also a great leveller. (Maybe they could sound better though?)
We can’t wait for 2018 as well as also the Monte today, can you? Will Ogier sign up anywhere as well as also be back, or will be in which fifth win his swan song? What will the brand new driver line-ups be in full? Who will be 2018 champion as well as also more importantly, who will hold the nicest livery?
Stay close to us here at Road HQ as well as also on Twitter @roadmagazine for all the WRC crack. We love the item.
2017 Rally Australia Results
P1 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) 2h35m44.8s
P2 Ott Tänak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) +22.5s
P3 Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +59.1s
P4 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2m27.7s
P5 Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3m05.6s
P6 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +3m49.5s
2017 FIA World Rally Championship Results
P1 Sebastien Ogier 232
P2 Thierry Neuville 208
P3 Ott Tänak 191
P4 Jari-Matti Latvala 136
P5 Elfyn Evans 128
P6 Dani Sordo 95
P7 Kris Meeke 77
P8 Hayden Paddon 74
P9 Juho Hänninen 71
P10 Craig Breen 64
Pics: Red Bull TV