So, in our latest wrc.com poll, we want to know who you think will win this year’s title.
After four rounds, the Volkswagen Motorsport and Citroen Total Abu Dhabi teams are locked in a tense battle at the top, split by 14 points, with the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team 52 points further back in third.
With nine rounds still remaining, will Volkswagen be able to keep that advantage to take a sensational maiden WRC title, or will eight-time winners Citroen maintain their recent dominance?
Or perhaps you think the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team will turn their fortunes around and beat them both?
Tell us what you think in our new wrc.com poll. Voting ends on Tuesday 23 April.
Here are some quick facts about the three front-runners:
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi:
Past record: Eight WRC Manufacturers’ titles (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2008 – 2012)
Drivers: With reigning drivers champion Sebastien Loeb expected to tackle just four rallies this year, the team is relying largely on Mikko Hirvonen and Dani Sordo who have 15 WRC wins between them. Sordo’s pace in Portugal was a revelation, thanks to a new car set-up, while Hirvonen remains one of the most consistent point scorers.
Past record: All new for 2013
Drivers: Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala have 17 WRC rally wins between them. Ogier remains the dominant force in 2013, taking a third consecutive rally last week. There was good news in Portugal for Latvala too, who rediscovered his stage-winning pace after admitting he’d been ‘on a different planet’ in recent months.
Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team
Past record: All new for 2013, but built on the squad’s previous partnership with Ford
Drivers: The Qatar M-Sport team’s hopes ride with youngsters Mads Ostberg and Evgeny Novikov, who between them have just one WRC rally win. Blindingly quick this year, Ostberg led the two most recent rounds in Mexico and Portugal but reliability has been a problem. Novikov had a lack-lustre outing in Portugal but still bagged fourth place.