You’d have seen and read a lot on the World Rally Championship on these pages the past few days, Steve Sutcliffe’s blast in the Citroën DS3 World Rally Car and ride with Kris Meeke the undoubted highlight.
As someone who’d never properly attended a WRC round, or any kind of rally come to that, ventured into the Welsh forests to see what all the fuss was about. I was not disappointed.
I’ve respected but never immersed myself in rallying, save for watching the highlights of the Burns-McRae-Mäkinen-Sainz-Grönholm vintage on TV, and firing up Colin McRae Rally on the Playstation.
Up close, it was everything I thought it would be – and everything John McIlroy describes in his blog – truly spectacular, and a real spine-tingling experience in being able to get so close to these machines as they whizz past at high speed.
There’s a ‘but’ coming. My biggest gripe with the WRC is the fact there appears to be little or no links to the road car programmes anymore. Driving into Wales, every other car was an Subaru Impreza or a Mitsubishi Evo, not a VW Polo or a Citroën DS3. That’s because you can’t get anything remotely similar in looks or performance to the machines.