The current Toyota works driver has already won the Rally Spain three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2016 for Volkswagen. With another win, the 37-year-old Frenchman would secure his eighth world title ahead of schedule. “The asphalt special stages in Spain are a lot of fun. Even better: By eliminating the gravel stage, this time I don’t have to play the street sweeper for my colleagues on Friday, ”explains Ogier, who as the championship leader always has to start first.
The only remaining competitor for Ogier in the fight for the title is Elfyn Evans, who also drives a Toyota Yaris WRC (1.6-liter turbo engine, around 380 hp, all-wheel drive). The two teammates are separated by 24 points. “My chance is slim, but I want to take it,” Evans looks ahead. The 32-year-old from Wales surprised two weeks ago by winning the Rally Finland and thus fended off Ogier’s first match point.
It starts on Friday (October 15th) at 8:00 a.m. The finish line is after 17 special stages on Sunday at 1:34 p.m. The homepage of the World Rally Championship (www.wrc.com) streams all special stages live on the internet, the service is chargeable. Servus TV (www.servustv.com/sport) will broadcast two WP live on the Internet on Saturday and Sunday, including the final Power Stage.