I have always been a big fan of the World Rally Championships (WRC) as long as I can remember. I would have to say that I am Petter Solberg fan, even though he doesn’t win much. I think its because of that lovely little Subaru he drives. The things I would do if I got behind the wheel of one of those babies. I guess we’ll leave that up to the imagination, but this year things have changed a little for me about the WRC.
They have allowed Kimi Raikonnen and Ken Block to drive. I got no issue with them driving, but do they actually deserve to be there? Block hasn’t gotten a single point this season, I could be wrong but I dont think he has one single point. Kimi on the other hand has around 14 points and is middle position on the log, at 10th, but still hasn’t shown much potential. Maybe its to early to call. Why don’t they allow better drivers from lower leagues to drive in the WRC? I must say I love what Ken Block can do in a car, not on a rally track though… maybe he should be left doing his own thing, the Gymkhana.
Gymkhana is an automotive sport that takes place in an open field or parking lot, that requires that driver to skillfully manouver their cars around a series of cones, slaloms, 180 degree turns, 360 degree turns, figure eight turns or any other obstacles using extreme accelerating, breaking and drifting.
Similar to autocross, Gykhana course are very complex and mesmorizing the course is usually a significant part of recording a fast time.
Now that is some mad skills right there, but like I said, maybe he isn’t suited for the rally track like Solberg or Loeb. Loeb is a real rally driver and has been driving for Citroen for the last couple of years since 2003 when they first signed him. The man is unbeatable, winning six world titles which gives him the record for most consecutive wins on the circuit. I think 2 weeks ago was one of the first times ever I have seen him crash. Solberg damages that beauty of a Subaru every single race he races in, well almost, okay… I think thats pushing it, but he hasn’t had a very good season this year. Speaking of crashes, I was taking a look through Youtube at the most hectic crashs from the WRC… you got to see this…
Pretty mean hey, some hectic crashes in there… but you hardly have many deaths from WRC races, besides the likes of legendary Colin McRae. These guys know exactly what they are doing and have done it for long enough to know how to handle the car, the track and weather conditions around them.