...not even me, as it turns out. Whoops.
Rally prep bit me again, as I was busy getting ready for LSPR and thought Rally Catalunia was next week instead of this week. As I write this (hella late) it’s now midnight and I’m in a hotel room in St Ignace after starting the day 500 miles away in Niagara Falls. This, of course, means another rush. So here we go
When I said last round was where we started dropping worst scores I forgot that the cancellation of Rally China threw that off. So this is the round where we start dropping scores. Speaking of which, no embedded image of the current standings because ain’t nobody got time for that, so here’s how things look right now. My advice: Keep an eye on Marric.
So, Spain. This is about as close as we get to a truly fair road order, thanks to the mixed surface. The event starts on gravel on day 1, giving those first on the road the worst conditions, then switches to tarmac for the second day to give them the best conditions. With 17 WRC drivers entered there are some tough calls to be made, particularly between Latvala and Ogier. Latvala has never won here, but in his last five visits he’s been on the podium every time, including four straight runner up finishes. Ogier on the other hand has two wins in his last five starts, bit in those other three starts he’s earned a combined total of one point. Yikes.
And with that, let’s get down to business. If you’re new be sure to read the rules. Here’s the official Entry List, and the current fantasy points spreadsheet. And while you’re at it, you can also look at the driver’s data and statistics.
VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT - VW POLO R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) - Avg last 10 rounds: 17.4 - Avg Spain: 10.2
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 9.1 - Avg Spain: 12.1
M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM - FORD FIESTA RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 8.0 - Avg Spain: 8.0
Eric Camilli (FRA) - Avg last 10 rounds: 2.7 - Avg Spain: N/A
HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT - HYUNDAI I20 WRC
Dani Sordo (ESP) - HYUNDAI - Avg last 10 rounds: 10.0 - Avg Spain: 12.6
Theirry Neuville (BEL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 10.5 - Avg Spain: 6.0
ABU DHABI TOTAL WRT - CITROEN DS3 WRC
Kris Meeke (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 10.5 - Avg Spain: 6.7
Craig Breen (IRL) - Avg last 6 rounds: 6.2 - Avg Spain: N/A
HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT N - HYUNDAI I20 WRC
Hayden Paddon (NZL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 9.6 - Avg Spain: 4.7
Kevin Abbring (NLD) - Avg last 8 rounds: 0.3 - Avg Spain: N/A
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) - VW - Avg last 10 rounds: 12.1 - Avg Spain: 10.3
Ott Tanak (EST) - FORD - Avg last 10 rounds: 5.3 - Avg Spain: 0.0
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) - FORD - Avg last 10 rounds: 0.5 - Avg Spain: 0.0
Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) - Avg last 10 rounds: 1.0 - Avg Spain: 0.8
Henning Solberg (NOR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 2.4 - Avg Spain: 2.2
Martin Prokop (CZE) - Avg last 10 rounds: 2.2 - Avg Spain: 4.7
Valeriy Gorban (UKR) - Avg last 7 rounds: 0.1 - Avg Spain: N/A