First of all, I’m very sorry for skipping WRC from my blog. I haven’t written about the past 3 rallies and I feel very bad. As you are used to the fact I focus only two drivers in WRC, I stick it. The last review was about the Portugal Rally, where Ken Block and Kimi Räikkönen took part.
Well, the next was the Rally Bulgaria in the beginning of July. The opening day was pretty hectic for the former F1 driver. Kimi Räikkönen crashed his C4 World Rally car out of fourth place on Friday’s final stage. The car stopped on its roof – Kimi and Kaj were uninjured. However, they were able to continue on Saturday. At the end, Kimi Räikkönen and Kaj Lindström finished 11th and gained experiences for the upcoming asphalt rallies in Germany, France and Spain. Sebastien Loeb won the Rally Bulgaria, Dani Sordo finished second and Petter Solberg was third.
Finland was the next stop in World Rally Championship at the end of July. I thought that the Finn drivers would rule the Neste Oil Rally Finland. However, Hirvonen rolled out of the Rally Finland on the Friday’s SS4. The saddest thing is that he was leading the rally before that roll. He could come back though. Kimi Räikkönen finished 25th. Jari-Matti Latvala was the one who won the Rally Finland and has become the youngest driver who won that event since it joined the World Rally Championship in 1973.
ADAC Rally Deutschland was the only rally in August. Räikkönen’s priority was to learn here. This was another asphalt rally and I think he has learnt from the Bulgarian mistakes. He even won a stage! It was the last SS19 on Sunday.
“It’s a nice feeling, definitely,” he said.
Finally, there is a proof that he is really learning and improving. You will never be successful in anything from a minute. It takes some time till you get use to the new things. He’s on his best way to become a World Rally Champion one day. I’m sure it will come – sooner or later. What’s important he finished 7th in ADAC Rally.
But Ken Block is not that lucky in WRC at all. He doesn’t take part in all rallies though. The last rally he took part in was the Portugal one. Finally, he showed up in Germany. Block started the final 5 stages of the asphalt event in 9th overall. However, his Monster WRT Ford Focus began to overheat on the road section heading to Sunday’s first test. Ken Block and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino had to retire due to an alternator belt failure. His next appearance in WRC is scheduled for Rally de France at the end of September. I hope he will be luckier there…
Sebastien Loeb won the German rally, Dani Sordo was second and Sebastien Ogier was third.
Now it’s Japan time. Petter Solberg leads the Rally Japan after first day. Mikko Hirvonen is second and Sebastien Ogier is third. Kimi Räikkönen is overall 10th 🙂