WRC.com has drawn up a shortlist of 10 rising stars that impressed in 2012. Now it’s down to you to decide who was the best.
Yazeed Al-Rajhi: He’s not the youngest competitor in the WRC but he’s certainly one of the most promising if his performances in 2012 are anything to go by.
Craig Breen: Clinched the Super 2000 world championship by winning final three rounds following death of co-driver Gareth Roberts. And he’s still only 22.
Sebastien Chardonnet: French ace grabbed Citroen World Rally Car opportunity on home soil by the scruff of the neck to confirm emergence in the sport.
Elfyn Evans: Went on to dominate the WRC Academy following a troubled start. Gets a prize drive in a Ford Fiesta S2000 in 2013 as his reward.
Esapekka Lappi: Finland’s big hope impressed by leading the Super 2000 World Rally Championship runners on his home round of the WRC.
Andreas Mikkelsen: Took on and sometimes outpaced Volkswagen Motorsport team-mate Sebastien Ogier, no mean feat given Ogier’s ability.
Thierry Neuville: In between the occasional errors, the inexperienced Belgian scored several stage wins. Not bad for a rookie season in a World Rally Car.
Jarkko Nikara: Made ageing Mitsubishi go faster than it should have done in Finland and overcame dearth of knowledge of his MINI to excel on Spanish finale.
Jose Suarez: The Spaniard might not have been the fastest WRC Academy contender in 2012 but he was certainly one of the most consistent.
Hans Weijs: In a one-off World Rally Car drive in Spain, the Dutchman showed tremendous adaptability and so nearly scored world championship points.
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