Top
0 £0 Basket
Basket Summary
Basket Total: £0
Go to basket
All All Adult Driving Junior Driving Car Track Day Bike Track Day Experience Days Help Login Corporate My Voucher 01376 809032

World Rally Championship 2021 Nearly Halfway Through - News

Everybody is talking about the rock ripping off Tanak’s right rear tyre - and we don’t mean Dwayne Johnson. This is why the World Rally is so exciting - because the entire leaderboard can be turned on its head by a non-sentient lump of our geological past.

Last time we updated our beloved TrackDays audience about WRC 2021 we were on the verge of the Croatia round and had just left icey Finland. What an incredible turnaround since that time - when Ogier was buried in a snowdrift a few months ago and talking about wanting to put the Lapland outing behind him - to now lead WRC 2021 with 106 points! Snow buried Ogier in Finland; water nearly drowned the Yaris in Italy; gravity wrecked Rovanpera in Croatia; and now it seems like the elements have decided to take a swing at rally hero Ott Tanak.

Rovanpera was leading at the end of the WRC second stage - and being the youngest ever driver to do so - it was looking promising. That is until an absolutely terrifying accident in Croatia saw the Toyota slip off the tarmac and barrel down the surrounding steep countryside. Rovanpera and co-driver were fortunately unharmed - although the adrenaline of Rallying is one of the biggest appeals - we have to remember that there have been several WRC fatalities over the years and that the sport is extremely high risk. The skill of Rovanpera is unquestionable and we still have seven rounds to go.

Let us take this opportunity to consider that some of the rounds might not take place or be switched out for another location like the Arctic Round - specifically thinking about Japan and the rising covid rates - when the championship was going to be decided in Nagoya. It has been 11 years since Japan featured in the WRC fixtures and we are sending our best wishes to Rally Japan at this trying time.

Sordo stalled in the final speed test of Rally Portugal - while Neuville was too hot into a right turn and turned the Hyundai over. The team flipped it back onto all fours and managed to limp to the finish which must have been extremely frustrating. Tanak was blitzing through Portugal only to damage his rear suspension - attempting to keep going but the wheel was dragging behind the i20. Similarly in Italy bringing us up to date with the rock incident tearing the same wheel off!

Tanak now officially retires from two championship leads and is a devastating 57 points behind Ogier - giving us the heartbreaking quote only a few days ago “there is nothing much to look at anymore”. He follows by stating practically that the team will give it their maximum as always - and they will see if it was enough by the end of the year.

As a truly inspiring sportsman Tanak refuses to apportion blame - and instead speaks of the team's unity and i20’s pace. Referencing how amazing the performance was for the entire team allowing him and Sordo to dominate all eight of the opening day speed tests.

“It’s good to feel we have the speed and we can control in places,” said Tänak. “The team has helped me a lot and they are really behind to help me to get used to the car and now this year we have done some steps as well. I feel the car is fast, just needs a little more reliability.”

We eagerly await WRC Safari Rally Kenya.

World Rally Championship 2021 Nearly Halfway Through
09 June 2021
Trackdays

Other News

Summer Driving Dos and Don'ts: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Summer Driving Dos and Don'ts: Common Mistakes to Avoid

As the days get warmer, we give you an important reminder of how to drive safely in the summer months and the common mistakes to avoid
10 May 2024
Violet
The Ford Mustang: The 60 Year Icon

The Ford Mustang: The 60 Year Icon

As a classic of American muscle cars celebrates entering its sixth decade today, we take a look back on its incredible history out on the roads
17 April 2024
Trackdays
Top 5 Father's Day Gifts For Less Than £100 Revealed

Top 5 Father's Day Gifts For Less Than £100 Revealed

Unique gift ideas for Dad including our first ever Father's Day Parent and Child Supercar Special are amongst our picks for Sunday 16th June
29 May 2024
Trackdays
Monaco F1 Lap Record: Top 5 Moments in Monaco F1 History

Monaco F1 Lap Record: Top 5 Moments in Monaco F1 History

Ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, we take a look at five of the most iconic on track moments it has given us in F1's long running history
23 May 2024
Trackdays
Britain's Favourite Supercar Brand Revealed

Britain's Favourite Supercar Brand Revealed

Aston Martin pulls far ahead of the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini amongst our top 5 most popular supercar marques for driving experiences
12 June 2024
Trackdays
Exclusive Supercar Experience In Bicester and Bury St Edmunds

Exclusive Supercar Experience In Bicester and Bury St Edmunds

Bicester Heritage Centre in Oxfordshire and Red Lodge Circuit in Suffolk pay host to our newest Double Supercar Thrill experience
19 April 2024
Alex