Mercedes-Benz has Formula 1 in its grip, winning all but one grand prix so far in 2019. Then in the World Endurance Championship, Toyota is literally in a class of its own. But look beyond the circuits and the story on the world’s special stages couldn’t be more refreshing. 

Back in January, we predicted a classic World Rally Championship, and so it is proving – although we were hardly sticking our necks out. Everyone could see this coming. 

After eight of 14 rounds, Toyota’s Ott Tänak heads the standings on 150 points from Citroën’s Sébastien Ogier on 146 and Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville on 143. That’s three drivers from three different car makes separated by just seven points. Tänak has three wins so far, Ogier and Neuville two each and there was even a turn-up in Italy when Dani Sordo won for Hyundai. Which way will the title go? No idea.