Look, you just don’t diss rallying, OK? I get that. It’s a great sport, all right? And I genuinely do think so too, but people get very upset if you slag it off. So I won’t.
But can we agree it has some issues? The World Rally Championship has tried to address some of them in the past. That it takes place over a long way is kinda the point of rallying in the first place, because it’s a gruelling test of people and machines, but that makes it hard to manage spectators, hard to film and photograph to get public exposure.
So the WRC introduced things like single service parks, scrapped events like the gruelling Safari Rally, made shorter stages that were based around one area, created ‘arena’ stages, and rather undermining what made it rallying in the first place and rather more like what you see here.
Which, ultimately, I’m not sure has helped rallying’s cause in the long run, because it has revived public attention on this sport. And I’ll tell you something: you ain’t going to compete with rallycross. Rallycross is on a roll like at no time since the 1980s. Cars compete against each other, not just the clock, in short stages, part rough, part smooth, based often in natural amphitheatres so spectators can see almost the entire circuit. And the cars are special, too: wildly powerful, looking enough like cars you can buy off the street, four wheel drive, long on suspension travel and big on going sideways.
In short, rallycross rocks.