I hope you’ve recovered from the lunacy that was Portugal, because we’re island hopping again, heading to Corsica’s neighbor Sardegna.
So, Rally Portugal. Here’s a summary:
Thirteen factory drivers started Rally Portugal. Only seven managed to complete all the stage miles. Of those seven only three are full-season drivers, and only two were in the top five in points coming into the event (two of them were even outside the top twelve in points). On the opposite end of the spectrum, Kris Meeke crashed so hard he got fired. Suffice to say it was a fantasy bloodbath. Only one point-scoring driver, Neuville, was on more than six of the 26 fantasy rosters entered for this event. No one had more than two drivers finish in the points, and one unfortunate player even had none of their drivers bring home any points, including their power stage pick. If Portugal doesn’t end up being one of your dropped rounds you probably had a reeeeeeeeallly bad season.
Now, considering the late hour, I’m going to do this super quick. Italy. It’s dusty, it’s rough, it’s crazy technical. Ogier won it three of four times while with Volkswagen, but the last two years it went to Neuville and Tanak respectively (famously giving Tanak his maiden win last year). While he hasn’t been top step in a few years, Ogier hasn’t finished outside the top 5 here since 2009. Latvala, the 2009 winner, and Neuville have both finished on the podium in four of their last five starts here. Lappi finished fourth here last year, just his second rally in a WRC car, which gave him the momentum to win the next round in Finland. Ostberg and Paddon have also found the podium here and could be drivers to watch. That’s all I got, now go do your thing.
Want to see how you did last year and refresh yourself on the rules? Check this out right here. 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: 14.8 - Avg Italy: 16.0
Elfyn Evans (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 9.3 - Avg Italy: 7.3
Teemu Suninen (FIN) - Avg last 6 rounds: 6.8 - Avg Italy: N/A
HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT - HYUNDAI i20 COUPE WRC
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 7.3 - Avg Italy: 2.7
Theirry Neuville (BEL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 14.4 - Avg Italy: 12.2
Hayden Paddon (NZL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 5.9 - Avg Italy: 4.5
CITROEN TOTAL ABU DHABI WORLD RALLY TEAM - CITROEN C3 WRC
Craig Breen (IRL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 4.6 - Avg Italy: 0.0
Mads Østberg (NOR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 4.5 - Avg Italy: 7.3
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRC - TOYOTA YARIS WRC
Jari Matti Latvala (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 4.1 - Avg Italy: 12.7
Ott Tanak (EST) - Avg last 10 rounds: 12.9 - Avg Italy: 12.5
Esapekka Lappi (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 5.0 - Avg Italy: 12.0
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
*Yazeed Al-Rajhi* (SAU) - FORD - Avg last 10 rounds: 0.0 - Avg Italy: 0.0
*Martin Prokop* (CZE) - FORD - Avg last 10 rounds: 1.6 - Avg Italy: 3.7
*Piano* (FRA) - FORD - Avg last 10 rounds: N/A - Avg Italy: N/A
*Cyrille Feraud* - CITROEN - Avg last 10 rounds: N/A - Avg Italy: N/A
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