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Motorsport pictures of the week

Jordan Katsianis
20 Nov 2017

Thierry Neuville’s Rally Australia victory was too little too late to clinch the WRC title.

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The WRC is starring in its last motorsport pictures gallery for the year this week, as the 2017 season has now drawn to a close in Australia. Held on the roads around Coffs Harbour, a few hours north of Sydney, Rally Australia may have started in typical east coast sunshine, but descended into a muddy battle for the rally win between Theirry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala; a fitting end to a tumultuous season. 

Sebastian Ogier, newly crowned 2017 WRC champion, had little to prove in this final round, finishing a strong, yet safe 2 minutes 27 seconds behind the leaders at the end of the rally. Hyundai driver Andreas Mikkelsen initially showed impressive pace, but conceded his lead to teammate Neuville after suffering two punctures caused when he hit a bank in the early stages of the rally.

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Neuville entered the final day of rallying with a comfortable 20-second lead, but as the sunshine receded and sub-tropical rainclouds moved in, the heavy rain quickly turned the long ‘Bucca’ stage into a mud bath. Along with the roads, Neuville’s lead quickly eroded as Jari-Matti Latvala and Ott Tänak ate into the Belgian's lead, halving the deficit in just the one special stage.  

 

Spurred on by the need to secure second place, Neuville responded, throwing caution to the wind and securing his rally win in the final soggy stages. Latvala eventually crashed out in the final Power Stage, handing second place to Ford driver Ott Tänak.

Thanks to the all-new WRC cars that were debuted at the beginning of the season, the 2017 championship has been an exciting and dramatic test-bed for this year’s contenders. The return of Citroen and Toyota, a fully formed works Hyundai team and the ever-present M-Sport Fords provided a fascinating contrast between the ways the respective teams approached different design and engineering challenges.

We expect that the lessons learnt over this year will greatly improve consistency for next year, but what was most encouraging is that all four of the major teams scored not only a fluke win, but proved that they all had impressive pace at one point or another. For this year, it was the consistency exhibited by Ogier and his M-Sport Ford Fiesta that allowed him to take the title despite not having as many round wins as second-placed Neuville.

From what we have seen this year, we can’t wait to tune back in next year to see if Citroen, Toyota and Hyundai are able to improve on their already impressive pace and make for an even more competitive WRC.

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Ford's M-Sport Fiestas were both competitive, pushing the Finn till the end. The Hyundai i30 WRC of Thierry Neuville was leading the rally in its early stages but crashed out mid rally.

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