Opinion: The third World Rally Car of yore


The time is relative, but in the world of competition is the more accurate value. The World Rally is not an exception and live an authentic account back before entering in a new era. They remain little more than three months -six-rally-through – to that the current generation of World Rally Car to pass a background and at this point still it is not known if these models are going to have continuity competitive in the World. For his part, four months separating the current test of the homologation of the new generation of World Rally Car. You know, more fast, stable, and spectacular.

Volkswagen, Citroën, Hyundai, M-Sport and Toyota are locked in a race in the distance to develop the best car for the new season. Promises and certainties in the margin, the projection of each of the teams is very different and while the three Volkswagen Polo R WRC already has an owner for the next season, the rest of the projects are playing a dangerous game on the market of pilots. With more demand than offer, each action or movement should be regarded with magnifying glass because in game is to open or close the doors not only of your team, but the opponent.

And there is where comes the third World Rally Car of yore. In Volkswagen with Ogier and Latvala as spearheads of the project in 2017, the third Polo R WRC is for Andreas Mikkelsen. A logical decision given the performance of the Norwegian, but at the same time lies in the fact that the options of Esapekka Lappi and Pontus Tidemand to progress in the ranks of the VAG Group are null and void. Caught up in the WRC2 with Skoda Motorsport one or both of them may end up in the ranks of the opponent, being Toyota Gazoo Racing a real option.


In this aspect, Esapekka Lappi and Henri Rovanpera have tried the Toyota Yaris WRC in Finland and are clear candidates to be colleagues of Juho Hänninen in the Toyota. Unlikely it would be that after being test driver of Toyota Gazoo Racing will not end up being a pilot owner. However, two units of the Yaris WRC are for fill -counting with Hänninen – and the options are multiple. Tommi Mäkinen has spoken openly of Lappi and Tidemand, but also of Temmu Suninen, Elfyn Evans, Kevin Abbring and Ott Tanak. Possible surprises at the margin, the patience will be a factor to be taken into account that the the third Toyota Yaris WRC will not be available from the first rally.

Hyundai and Citroën live in a situation close. Both teams have a pilot already confirmed as Hayden Paddon and Kris Meeke, and in both cases their companions should leave the riders that are now on the payroll. Se can make the case that Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville renew with Hyundai and everything is as it is, or that one of them fails to do so and the transfer market between boiling. This movement also will depend on very much the roster of pilots of Citroen and M-Sport, by added.


Yves Matton has been term early September to confirm the riders that will be uploaded to the Citroen C3 WRC and although the choice should be between Stéphane Lefebvre and Craig Breen, the old aspiration of the pattern of the team is to recover to Thierry Neuville. Meanwhile, the speech of the two Citroën C3 WRC in 2017 has been almost cancelled. Khalid Al-Qassimi and their ‘petrodollars’Khalid Al-Qassimi and their ‘petrodollars’ Abu Dhabi asked to step to dispute any rally loose with a third C3 WRC. A project that should to circumvent the system superlicencia of the FIA, and that can open up new options.

again the third World Rally Car, in this case of the PSA Group, have much to say, something that will not happen in the breast of M-Sport. coach british have more than enough to develop two Ford Fiesta RS WRC that are competitive, any time you fail to account with the direct support of the brand of the oval. Without third World Rally Car, the team of Cumbria seems to have no right to enter the pools and as it happened in 2016, its roster of pilots can leave surprises and, above all, to pick up pilots that have been rejected by other teams.