23 Dec 08
Already made up your mind? Then cast your vote. If you're still unsure, here's a brief reminder of who did what in 2008:
Sebastien Loeb (F)
Where do you start? A WRC record breaker; 11 wins in a season and a fifth world title - Loeb was THE man to beat in 2008. If results are everything, then Loeb is your only choice.
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)
Filling some pretty big boots as Marcus Gronholm's replacement at Ford, Mikko delivered a brilliant debut season as team leader. Scored a modest three wins over the year but what he lacked in speed he made up for in consistency; Mikko is the only driver in WRC history to score points on EVERY round of the season.
Dani Sordo (E)
Having Sebastien Loeb as team-mate was always going to make life tricky for Citroen's number two driver, but Sordo played the role well in 2008. Four second places throughout the season helped Citroen to the Manufacturers' title. Proved he had rally winning pace in Jordan and Greece, too.
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)
Latvala has speed in abundance but a tendency to make the odd mistake. Swung from the highs of Sweden, when he became the youngest ever WRC winner, to the lows of his 'black August' when he was dropped by his team. Ended the year on a high again with a great battle with Loeb in Wales.
Chris Atkinson (AUS)
Atko made a cracking start to the season. Despite Subaru running a slimmed down on-event team, and a 2007 car until the new one was finished, the Aussie made the podium four times from the first five rallies - the best run of results of his career. Let's hope he gets the chance to build on this season in 2009.
Petter Solberg (N)
One of the brightest personalities in the sport, Petter hasn't found much to smile about in recent seasons. But when he drove his brand new Impreza WRC2008 to second place in Greece it was almost like winding to clock back to his championship winning year of 2003. Sadly the rest of the year didn't match up to the promise of that rally but you can't doubt Petter's determination to succeed.
Henning Solberg (N)
Petter's elder brother Henning hasn't had the best season results-wise, but he has punched in some astonishing stage times. His multiple stage wining performance in New Zealand could have won him the rally - if only he hadn't lost a shed load of time earlier on. If that isn't enough, then perhaps his bright orange overalls will earn your vote?
Francois Duval (B)
Asphalt specialist Duval was fourth on Rallye Monte Carlo, and was rested until Germany, when he returned to finish third. From then on the Belgian got busy. Promoted into the factory Ford team for Spain and France, Duval played a crucial back-up role in Hirvonen's title fight. Finished sixth on Wales Rally GB just four weeks after a terrible crash in Japan.
Gigi Galli (I)
A popular guy, a brilliant showman, but one of the fiercest competitors in the WRC, Galli finally got a full WRC season in a competitive car this year and was determined to impress. A podium in Sweden turned out to be best result of the year, but he nearly beat it in Sardinia until mechanical problems and a bout of food poisoning ruined his chances. Worse was to come in Germany when his season was cut short when he crashed and broke his leg.
Matthew Wilson (GB)
Hoping to follow in the wheel tracks of Colin McRae and Richard Burns, Wilson is the only Brit with a full time drive in the WRC and is racking up more WRC experience with every event. Best result of the season was the fifth place he scored in Jordan.
Urmo Aava (EE)
The best WRC driver to come out for Estonia since Markko Martin, Aava showed some blistering pace this year but really got himself noticed when he was fourth in Greece. Since then, he's shown great stage speed but hasn't hooked up a better rally result. Plenty of potential though.
Federico Villagra (RA)
The most consistent driver in the Munchi's line-up, Federico also managed to successfully defend his Argentinean Rally Championship title this year, too. He's won it seven times now. 'Coyote' started 10 WRC rallies this year and finished inside the top ten on six of them.
Toni Gardemeister (FIN)
Toni's career as a WRC driver stretches back to 1996, so when Suzuki wanted somebody to help them develop the new SX4 WRC he was a natural choice. Toni's input was invaluable as the season went on, and he rounded off the season with two excellent results.
P-G Andersson (S)
Junior World Rally Champion with Suzuki in 2004 and 2007, P-G was another natural choice for Suzuki in its debut WRC season. Like his team-mate, P-G enjoyed a better second half of the season and rounded off the year with two fifth places.
Conrad Rautenbach (ZW)
A newcomer to the WRC in 2008, Conrad certainly got himself noticed - unfortunately not always for the right reasons. His very public shunt on the Monte Carlo Super Special was embarrassing enough but his head-on crash with Sebastien Loeb on Rally Jordan was worse. Has potential though - and proved that with a fourth place in Argentina.
Sebastien Ogier (F)
Could this man be Sebastien Loeb EVO II? He's another French Federation / Citroen backed Frenchman and like his namesake he's now a Junior World Rally Champion. Part of his reward for winning the 2WD title was a WRC outing on Wales Rally GB. On his 4WD debut he led the event for much of the first day.
Valentino Rossi (I)
Okay, so he only drove one WRC rally this year. And he didn't manage to make the top ten, but he is a total motor sport legend and he LOVES World Rallying. Rumours persist that Rossi will make the switch to the WRC when his biking career is over. Who knows what he'll be capable of if he gets a bit more practise?