With Sebastien Ogier wrapping up his fifth World Rally Championship in 2017 in one of the most exciting seasons of the decade, we rate this year’s field.
– The Hyundai duo of Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo have both had a miserable season with just two podiums each while their team-mate racked up four victories and nearly took the title. They both narrowly missed out of on a place in the top 10.
– Juho Hanninen had a difficult start to the season but recovered well to score points on seven successive rallies including a maiden podium in Finland.
– Stephane Lefebvre was another driver who had a difficult 2017. He only participated in eight of the 13 rallies, after being benched on multiple occasions. His year was littered with mistakes and sloppy weekends. A fifth place in Poland shows Lefebvre has the potential to mature through this difficult phase.
– Teemu Suninen was fantastic on his maiden outing for M-Sport in Poland and followed it up with an excellent fourth in Finland. He didn’t quite get enough chances to earn his place on our top 10, and an inconsistent WRC2 campaign didn’t help. His WRC2 team-mate Eric Camilli did well to rebuild himself this year with second place in the drivers’ championship after a disappointing first WRC season in 2016.
– Nil Solans dominated the Junior WRC championship with four wins out of six. It will be interesting to see if he can continue that level of success when he presumably moves up to WRC2 next year.