Tuesday | 07 Jan 2020

Review: The World Rally Guide

Forty-seven years of WRC history covering almost 600 rounds are brought together in a remarkable new 800-page book packed with information and statistics.

Alexandru Dobai’s The World Rally Guide traces the WRC from its launch in 1973 until the end of the 2019 season. Such is the wealth of facts and figures that it is probably less time-consuming to itemise what is not covered than list what is featured.

Every single WRC round has its own page, including the top 10 classification, rally leaders special stage winners, distances and starters / finishers. Each is accompanied by the rally plate and a photograph from the event, in most cases of the winners in action.

The event stats are supplemented by a complete WRC record of drivers with at least three championship starts to their name and more than 40 pages of other statistics and tables touching on pretty much everything you could ever wish to know.

This book is a real labour of love from the Romanian author and one he admits was not only a difficult challenge but also a complex one.

For devoted fans, this is a superb addition to any bookcase. For those working in the sport, it is an invaluable record of the history of the WRC and a one-stop reference for information that nowadays is frequently only available via an internet search.

The World Rally Guide is available on Amazon in Kindle ebook format or in a paperback version.

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