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Rally de Portugal had Latvala on the highest spot of the Podium with Ogier in second and Mikkelsen in third. This came as a surprise to most of us, as only one person didn’t pick Ogier as their favorite and it wasn’t even Orlove. VW is currently dominating the championship with its excellent drivers and very fast and reliable Polo, which will be needed very much this weekend.

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Our current standings now changed a bit. While Lumpy44 remains untouched in first McNewbie went from 2nd to 5th while Dusty Ventures took my place as 9th. *shaking fist angrily* The difference to the leader is getting increasingly larger, but there’s still a big of chance of changing this.

Rally D’Italia is upon us again with its insane cliffs, narrow roads, bushes, trees and loose gravel. But this year they stepped it up a notch because of course it wasn’t tough enough. Saturday’s leg alone will have 213km of stages of an insane 17h marathon. It will be the longest since 2002, making the total length of this weekend of 394km of competition. SS14 alone will be 42.22km long, while not long after, SS18 will have 36.69km. This means cars and drivers will have to be extra reliable to last the whole day.

Last year it was all about the battle between Latvala and Ogier, which ended with Latvala retiring, and this year the battle will happen again. Latvala’s win in Portugal will probably change the minds of many of us who would blindly pick Ogier as the top driver, especially because he won the last two years in Italy.

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Rally D’Italia was always one of the toughest races on the calendar, and now with an extremely long marathon on Saturday we’ll be looking at one of the most exciting weekends this year. Surprises are a sure thing to happen around the tight corners or amidst the narrow roads of Sardegna. Which means the, so far reliable, VWs might show some weakness or even have both of their top drivers crack under the pressure allowing the Citröens to pass by like this year’s Argentinian weekend. Mikkelsen might also be a surprise as he’s showing great consistency, averaging 12.6 pts in the last 10 races, 4 points ahead of Meeke’s average of 8.6 pts, even with his victory in Argentina.

Here’s the official Entry List, and the always useful season of our Fantasy WRC is here, just waiting for your analytical eyes pretending to look at something important while your boss walks behind you. And while you’re at it, you can also look at the driver’s data and statistics.

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VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT - VW POLO R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) - Avg last 10 rounds: 16.1 - Avg Italy: 15.5
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 12.9 - Avg Italy: 9.0

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CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT - CITROËN DS3 WRC
Kris Meeke (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 8.6 - Avg Italy: 0.0
Mads Østberg (NOR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 8.1 - Avg Italy: 7.1

M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM - FORD FIESTA RS WRC
Elfyn Evans (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 7.1 - Avg Italy: 10.0
Ott Tänak (EST) - Avg last 10 rounds: 5.5 - Avg Italy: 15.0

HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT - HYUNDAI I20WRC
Thierry Neuville (BEL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 7.5 - Avg Italy: 6.0
Dani Sordo (ESP) - Avg last 10 rounds: 7.6 - Avg Italy: 10.0

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SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 12.6 - VW Polo - Avg Italy: 4.0
Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) - Avg last 10 rounds: 1.2 - Citroën DS3 - Avg Italy: N/A
Robert Kubica (POL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 0.4 - Ford Fiesta - Avg Italy: 4.0
Henning Solberg (NOR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 3.6 - Ford Fiesta - Avg Italy: 4.0
Hayden Paddon (NZL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 3.6 - Hyundai i20 - Avg Italy: 0.0
Martin Prokop (CZE) - Avg last 10 rounds: 3.9 - Ford Fiesta - Avg Italy: 7.3
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) - Avg last 10 rounds: 0.0 - Ford Fiesta - Avg Italy: N/A