Round two of the WRC dealt up another fantastic event with plenty of spills and thrills.
Again Neuville set the pace early and looked on course for victory, yet it seems lightning does indeed strike twice. Poor Thierry clipped a barrier in the super stage to put himself out of contention. This left the door open for the surprise package of the season in the Toyota Gazoo Yaris and veteran Latvala. A superb drive in the morning loop of the final day put to rest any hope for Tanak to claim a maiden top spot on the podium. Ogier had a mixed bagged of a Rally and again had a few uncharacteristic mistakes but another podium keeps the championship retention rolling. Meeke and Citroen were again in the gutter and the Northern Irishman was as unhappy as a Frenchman being bugged for directions to the Eifel tower from a Yankee. His pal Breen though again flew under the radar and finished 5th in his first outing in the new car. Paddon admitted that early on he struggled to put the Monte mishap behind him but felt better by day two and if he hadn’t had a power steering failure might have finished higher than 7th.
The new cars continue to excite and the fans are coming out in force to enjoy them. The first gravel event is next up in Mexico and you can bet it will be another humdinger!