This year’s WRC title may be decided in Wales as fierce competition heads towards a climax.
The 2017 FIA World Rally Championship is proving to be the most exciting in years and this autumn’s Wales Rally GB 26-29 October will now be pivotal. It could even be the title decider.
With just three rounds remaining on the WRC calendar – Spain, GB and Australia – Sébastien Ogier holds a slender 17-point advantage over arch-rival Thierry Neuville with 90 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 and the Frenchman takes maximum points, the title race cannot be settled until the season’s penultimate round in Wales.
Welshman Elfyn Evans holds onto 87pts and is currently sixth in the WRC in his Ford Fiesta and will be hoping to do well infront of his enthusiastic home crowd.