Drama in the Vineyards
Thierry Neuville! Never have I heard two words that could generate such an eruption of noise. It’s been a phenomenal rally with twists and turns that I haven’t seen in rallying for years – a truly exciting and even historic event as Hyundai Motorsport finally took their first win in the FIA World Rally Championship. It was even a 1-2 finish – and after the chaos that unfolded during the weekend that can certainly be celebrated.
This was my second ever trip to a WRC round, the first being to Wales Rally GB back in the latter half of 2013. It was an experience I still look back fondly upon and it certainly reignited my love for rallying. The trip to Germany was something that had been in the works for awhile – seeing these cars (no matter what people say – these are still cool machines) on some of the best roads in Europe was an experience I didn’t want to miss.
Whittling down this selection was a difficult job – every five steps was a different angle in Germany with stunning vineyards, fast winding roads and epic switchbacks made everywhere something interesting to look at. This coming weekend I return to circuit racing for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, but for once I’ll be wishing I was somewhere else…
I’ll be back out on the WRC stages come October for the 50th RallyRACC Rally de Espana.