I still love these new cars - the speeds are incredible. Tanak had an average speed of 137km/h on one stage (I may be a few km/h off) on a snow/ice stage. Cars were hitting 180+km/h on the straights in the power stage, also on snow/ice. I love all sorts of racing, but despite the new aero additions in WRC I believe the majority of downforce comes from the weight of drivers
After watching the SS14 I had my fingers crossed that Neuville would get the win that the team deserves. It was a pretty embarrassing way to kill his weekend.
On the other hand, incredible driving and luck for Latvala - I only say luck because it would’ve been a solid second place if Neuville had kept it going. I don’t think Toyota could have imagined a start this good to their WRC return. Then again,
Ogier delivered exactly what I expected - a smooth, sensible drive. He definitely had his own luck with a couple of mistakes. He’s a very smart driver, knowing when to push, when to hold back, and thinking long term about the championship points.
I’m really liking Tanak - what an exciting driver to watch. He must be getting a rally win soon, right?
Anyways, another solid weekend, but it’ll be nice to see a rally back in warm conditions after two consecutive cold, snow rallies.