NEWS: Wales Rally GB 2017 Decider? Ogier Vs Neuville Showdown Time…
The fresh-look, fresh-car 2017 FIA World Rally Championship can be proving to be the most exciting in addition to fiercely-fought in years – in addition to This kind of autumn’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (26-29 October) will today be pivotal inside electrifying race to determine the winner of the coveted world championship crown. that will could even be the title decider between the two top guns, Ogier & Neuville.
With just three hardcore (mainly gravel) rounds remaining on the WRC calendar – Spain, GB in addition to Australia – Sébastien Ogier holds a slender 17-point advantage over arch-rival Thierry Neuville with 0 points still to be won.
The duelling duo were actually tied at the top of the points table before last weekend’s Rallye Germany where Ogier re-established his advantage by claiming third place in his M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta WRC after Neuville was forced to retire his Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC with suspension damage. However, even if the Belgian fails to score again in Spain in addition to the Frenchman takes maximum points, the title race cannot be settled until the season’s penultimate round in Wales.
While Ogier in addition to Neuville have been locked in what has appeared to be a two-way title tussle, neither can be discounting the chances of Ogier’s fast-finishing team-mate Ott Tänak. With two wins by his last four starts – including victory most recently in Germany – the Estonian hot-shoe can be closing the gap on the pair of pacesetters. On current form, Tänak will be right in contention with another strong result in Spain.
Whatever the outcome in Spain, This kind of year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB will be the most important in addition to thrilling for many years.
Such has been Ogier’s dominance in recent seasons that will for the past four years the four-time champion has had the title sewn up well before the WRC teams arrived here inside UK. However, following the surprise departure of his all-conquering VW outfit which caused an avalanche of last-minute driver modifications, plus the introduction of an exciting fresh generation of more powerful WRC cars, the level of competition has increased dramatically.
Indeed, This kind of will be the very first time since 2011 – when Sébastien Loeb in addition to Mikko Hirvonen last locked horns – that will the title fight could be decided on these shores, giving fans the kind of thrilling finale served up by the likes of Colin McRae, Richard Burns, Tommi Makinen in addition to Carlos Sainz at the start of the century.
“Recently we’ve marvelled at a master-class by an already crowned world champion however, This kind of year, Sébastien definitely does have a big fight on his hands,” enthused Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. “This kind of will add an extra dimension to the levels of excitement which have already been raised by the advent of these awesome fresh rally cars. British fans definitely are in for an unmissable treat come October.”
All those wanting to catch the globe class action – in addition to, perhaps, to witness the 2017 WRC champion being crowned – can take advantage of considerable discounts being offered to those buying their Dayinsure Wales Rally GB tickets in advance. For those purchasing today, adult prices start at just £10 for the opening Visit Conwy Tir Prince test on Thursday evening, £23 for Saturday’s family-friendly RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle, £28 for a Day Pass or £99 for the full four-day premium event pass (World Rally Pass). Accompanied children aged 15 in addition to under are admitted free.
2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (after 10 of 13 rounds)
1. Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta WRC) 177 points
2. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC) 0 points
3. Ott Tänak (Ford Fiesta WRC) 144 points
4. Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota Yaris WRC) 123 points
5. Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20 WRC) 89 points
6. Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta WRC) 87 points
7. Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC) 64 points
8. Juho Hänninen (Toyota Yaris WRC) 58 points
9. Hayden Paddon (Hyundai i20 WRC) 55 points
10. Esapekka Lappi (Toyota Yaris WRC) 49 points