The championship headed to Sardinia for round seven and to the hottest, driest and dustiest conditions of the season so far.
Hard on cars, tyres and drivers, its also a rally that leaves photographers in need of a midday service and a pressure wash. Here's a selection of our favourites from dusty duo Jaanus Ree and Andre Lavadinho.
Below: Cleared for take-off
Mads Østberg was the longest of the World Rally Car jumpers at Micky's Jump in the Monte Lerno stage. On the first pass through - as SS12 - Mads jumped his Fiesta 22 metres.
Hello from the other side
Six rounds after he hung up his Volkswagen overalls, Andreas Mikkelsen returned to top level rallying, this time sporting Citroën colours.
Tanak's dust bath
At the end of stage 17 Ott Tänak reported "massive, mega, mega dust inside the car." Here's how that looked from the outside.
Houston, we have a problem
It's Saturday's stage 13 and rally leader Hayden Paddon has clipped a bank and mangled his car's rear end. The car is so badly damaged that he retires after the stage end. Until then he keeps his toe in. Top marks for commitment!
Martin's high dive
We discovered in Sardinia that Ott Tanak's co-driver Martin Jarveoja is a pretty impressive gymnast. After warming up with a standing backflip on the finish podium, he cooled off shortly after this gravity defying leap from the Alghero harbour-side.