Finally and entirely too soon we’ve reached the end of the season. Time to crown a champion.
Another round, another surprise winner. After a disappointing close call in Argentina, Elfyn Evans finally managed to put together a full weekend and lock down that elusive win at home in Wales, making himself the seventh different winner this year, and the third first-time winner of the season. In fantasyland only six people were willing to pick Evans over Ogier/Tanak, but those three won big, particularly James Beckett who took the round with the second highest score of the season.
For the finale we go to the land down undah. Rally Australia is traditionally a mid-speed, flowing, dusty as fuck battle through the Australian forests. Interestingly, it’s an event that very rarely sees retirements, with the finishing order determined by pace, not calamity. Nine of the twelve drivers entered this weekend have run the event before, with a combined total of 31 Rally Australia starts between them. Of those 31 starts there were zero retirements and only three zero-scores (restarts). That means Rally Australia could prove to be a big points haul for fantasy players. Or, like so much this year, it could go completely counter to the norm.
If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to read the updated rules (in case you haven’t heard, you can now pick up to two drivers per team!). 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 here.
M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM - FORD FIESTA RS WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) - Avg last 10 rounds: 14.6 - Avg Oz: 17.2
Ott Tanak (EST) - Avg last 10 rounds: 11.8 - Avg Oz: 7.0
Elfyn Evans (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 8.9 - Avg Oz: 3.0
HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT - HYUNDAI i20 COUPE WRC
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 8.8 - Avg Oz: 15.0
Theirry Neuville (BEL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 14.9 - Avg Oz: 11.3
Hayden Paddon (NZL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 5.8 - Avg Oz: 10.0
CITROEN TOTAL ABU DHABI WORLD RALLY TEAM - CITROEN C3 WRC
Kris Meeke (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 6.0 - Avg Oz: 9.0
Stephane Lefebvre (FRA) - Avg last 10 rounds: 2.8 - Avg Oz: 0.0
Craig Breen (IRL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 6.0 - Avg Oz: N/A
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRC - TOYOTA YARIS WRC
Jari Matti Latvala (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 6.6 - Avg Oz: 13.3
Esapekka Lappi (FIN) - Avg last 7 rounds: 5.7 - Avg Oz: N/A
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
*Jourdan Serderidis* (ARG) - CITROEN - Avg last 5 rounds: 0.0 - Avg Oz: N/A