The dramatic battle for this year’s FIA World Rally Championship has reached fever pitch as the series heads for a spectacular showdown in Wales.
With Estonian ace Ott Tänak scoring back-to-back wins in Finland and on Sunday in Germany, a titanic three-way tussle is in prospect when the WRC arrives on these shores next month for Wales Rally GB 4-7 October.
Thanks to his two stirring victories, the fast-finishing Tänak has set up a rousing finale to the 2018 WRC, closing to within 36 points of series leader Thierry Neuville and 13 of second-placed Sébastien Ogier with four rounds remaining.
Hostilities are resumed next month in Turkey before the teams come to Wales. Spain and Australia then host the final two showdowns of this fiercely-fought campaign.