Top Five of 2011: Rally
People often say that rally drivers are the most talented in the sport, and very few have succeeded at both levels: You are either a rally driver or a road racer.
Colin McRae was one of the fastest and most spectacular drivers to ever put on a helmet. He was the 1991 and 1992 British Rally Champion and in 1995 fulfilled his dream of winning the World Rally Championship, in a Subaru.
In 1986, Ayrton Senna was on the crest of Formula 1 greatness. The Brazilian’s speed and dedication was never in doubt. His single-minded attitude to racing is well documented, and is brought out in the fantastic new Senna movie. However, how many of you knew that he spent a day rallying?
My brother alerted me to another new hero, when he taught me about rallying and Ari Vatanen, a Finn and an accident waiting to happen but never seemed to. On the limit x10. Anyone who goes through a cattle grid flat-out, with a flat tyre having just scraped the wall and barely a lift gets my vote.
Strap in, sit tight, and watch the most outrageous rally cars ever built, racing each other in the European Rallycross Championship – and a novel idea…