The opening round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship takes place from 25 – 28 January 2018, a week later than usual. It will play host to 17 stages of 394.74km of competitive action, of which 50 percent of the route will be new compared to 2017’s edition.
Snow, ice, black ice and sometimes all of these in the same stage: drivers and co-drivers have a hard time reading the roads. Support crews, technicians, and spotters play a pivotal role in safely – and speedily – negotiating the stages.
This is a rally not to be missed. If last year’s event action was to be repeated, we’d not be disappointed. This author suspects there’ll be a tight fight for the overall victory: Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport), Thierry Neuville (Hyundai Motorsport), Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC) and some wild picks would be Kris Meeke (Citroen WRC) and Ott Tanak (Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC).
Click to watch the highlights from 2017 to whet your appetite. Only 5 more weeks remain to the start…