Welcome to week 4. Just the Swedish WRC Rally this week. All the regular drivers are there: Ogier, Latvala, and Mikkelsen in the Volkswagens; Ostberg and Meeke in the Citroens with Al Qassini joining them; Hirvonen, Evans, and Kubica in the M-Sport Fords, Prokop too in his own Ford; and Neuville in the new Hyundai, partnered in this rally with Juho Hanninen. Then there’s a bunch of “occasionals” entered: Ott Tanak, Michal Solowow, Pontus Tidemand, Henning Solberg, and Craig Breen all in Fords; and Eyvind Brynildsen in a Citroen.
It might seem a relatively easy choice – simply pick seven from the regulars. But it’s not that easy. For example, Evans is a regular this season in one of the quick Fords, but it’ll be his first time racing on snow. Also, the rally may be one-off for Tidemond, Solberg, and Brynildsen, but all are Scandinavians who grew up rallying on the snow, and all have had success in the past (at least in the IRC). So it’s tough to choose seven. Sebastian has a useful guide here: http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-four-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
The rally will be well under way on Thursday (they’re actually starting on Wednesday), which is before the deadline for submitting your picks, so please keep a close eye on our posts on WordPress, or on the rally news from one of the many sport media outlets (I particularly like www.irallylive.com).
Scores from week 3: None (no racing)