The 2017 WRC with the new cars injecting life into a series that was, for me anyway, dying on its arse with uninteresting cars, one-team domination, politics and cutbacks. Three manufacturers throwing their weight into it with great looking cars, and an absolutely heroic privateer effort from Ford....the season opening Monte Carlo Rally (marred thought it sadly was) so exciting, so interesting, setting the tone for a great, great three years of top class rallying only now sadly under threat by Citroen's exit.
I would add the last stage of the Catalunya rally this year where Tanak ended the glory run of fifteen straight
WRC titles between the two French Sebastiens. Not because he did it, but because of the way he did it. I mean, he could have taken it easy and not clinched it there and then, driven without risking everything going for the super special stage points, knowing it would have been extremely unlikely if not bottom line impossible for Neuville to catch him at the last event in Australia anyway. But Ott decided against playing it safe, went at it balls deep instead.
Tanak not only bossed the SS and took the 5pt to confirm his title, but also did it with such a huge margin that he actually also passed Sordo for 2nd on the full standings too which also
sufficed at confirming his title. Something which nobody had even speculated with because he'd been so far behind to start the stage, and which came as a surprise even to the Estonian!
Edited by noriaki, 06 December 2019 - 21:29.