According to leaders of the WRC teams, after the first two stages of this year’s season will be one of the most exciting in history.
The first victory went to M-Sport, not even a factory team and a technical partner Ford, and the second time celebrated the triumph in the Toyota to return to WRC in which many expressed skepticism.
But dominated in the first two stages, of course, Hyundai. Thierry Neuville has won 12 stages – twice more than anyone. If not for the crash in Monte Carlo and Sweden, the winner undoubtedly would be the Belgian.
“Never since I became a leader of the team, there was such strong competition in the championship, – said the head of M-Sport Malcolm Wilson interview AUTOSPORT.com. – Given that this year we have a new technical regulation, such a small gap just incredible. Each of the four manufacturers now almost on the same level. Without a doubt, the season will continue to be as exciting”.
Toyota chief Tommi Makinen has confirmed the words of colleagues: “All cars on one level. Our League just need such a close competition. What could be better racers from different teams fighting for the title?”
Hyundai boss Michel Nandan has promised fans of the Korean team that will retaliate: “We are obliged to restore justice, so next stage it’s all about what we think. It’s time to remember one quote: “No matter how deep you fell but how high you can rise again.”
The only team never led the first rally, was the Citroen. Once stéphane Lefebvre managed to snatch the victory for SU.
However, Malcolm Wilson chose not to drop the multiple champion from the accounts: “of Course, everyone expected that Citroen will be among the strongest if not the strongest. They missed the whole season, to put power in developing a new car. But believe me, they still will declare itself, so don’t mistake to discount them”.
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