Man... I sure hope I can come up with enough puns for the rest of the WRC season.
Anyway, Tour De Corse (Rally Corsica) was last weekend, and the unpredictability of the World Rally Championship continued!
This week's fastest driver was... Elfyn Evans?! Yep! The Ford M-Sport driver was dominant most of the weekend. Even though he lost the lead in the final Saturday stage, he roared right back on Sunday and took an 11 second lead from Thierry Neuville heading into the final power stage.
And then got a puncture. Even the commentators were heartbroken. Everyone was hoping Evans would be able to take home the win, but in the end he fell to third.
That handed the race to Neuville, who had done just enough all weekend to stay in the mix. And second? Sebastien Ogier, who struggled with his Citroën all weekend long, and looked absolutely wrung-out at the end of every stage. But that's why he's World Champion - he finds a way to get the points he needs.
After battling Evans, Ott Tänak was knocked out by a puncture and ended up in sixth for the weekend.
So where are we now?
Okay - Neuville is now in the driver's championship lead, by just two points over Ogier. Tänak is only a further three points back in third. All three frontrunners are separated by one win in a power stage. Unreal. In the manufacturer's race, Hyundai's driver switcheroo accomplished what they wanted, and vaulted them into the top spot. Citroën is in second, with Toyota just behind.
Here are part 1 and part 2 of the official recaps, and video highlights are available to watch here.
Up next - back to this side of the pond in three weeks, with Rally Argentina!
As an aside, although I've never bought one of the WRC video games yet (due to generally terrible reviews), WRC 8 is looking really good...