Kimi Räikkönen & Sebastian Vettel

Kimi Räikkönen & Sebastian Vettel

lauantai 16. huhtikuuta 2011

Jordan Rally: the right man won!

Jordan Rally culminated on the closing stage Latvala having 0.5 second margin to his closest rival Ogier who was second. The battle couldn´t have been any tighter! Ogier had made a tactical gamble on the last stage of the first day and gone flat out which made him run out first on the road on day two. The morning of day two looked very promising for Latvala in his Ford when he was able to decrease Ogier´s lead stage by stage. But after the tightest battle ever, Ogier finally won the rally with only a margin of 0.2 seconds! In my opinion the right man won! Ogier winning the rally without any tactical decisions to slow down and influence on the driving position that way is excellent for the sport and underlines that driving flat out brings you the victory in the end! Though both top teams resort to tactics every now and then I still don´t consider it fair play. What Ogier did in Jordan is pure fair play and true sportsmanship, no question about it whatsoever!!!

Loeb´s dominance seems to have faded away piece by piece which is also good for the sport. Ogier challenges his team-mate for real now and the Ford drivers seem to have excellent pace, too. It´s thrilling to watch the fight for the championship because at the moment there´re 4 drivers within just 8 points so anything can happen as the season goes on... Loeb is still excellent but it´s refreshing to see real battle between him and the other drivers!

Kimi´s performance in Jordan makes me delighted indeed, although the very unfortunate puncture on SS19 dropped him from 5th place to 6th. Kimi has decreased the gap to the top drivers rally by rally and on some stages his pace has been outstanding! And I´m sure there´s more to come! I certainly hope we´re going to see him among the three fastest drivers on some power stage, it´s just a matter of time!

All and all I have to say that I really enjoy watching the power stages live on TV! It´s great to see the crucial last stage live. Otherwise I usually follow the rallies on the internet but it´s great to see all the top drivers on the road in action! And the new regulation of the top three drivers of the power stage scoring extra points  is an excellent reform indeed! It keeps the drivers fighting hard til the end no matter how significant the lead may be.

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