Ral­ly­ing’s prob­lem

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As Se­bastien Ogier con­tin­ues to rail against his start­ing po­si­tion, I found my­self, at first, in agree­ment with Colin Clark’s view that it is a hand­i­cap sys­tem and that there is no place for it in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

How­ever, if you con­sider the al­ter­na­tive of let­ting the best driver in the best car start in the most ad­van­ta­geous po­si­tion on the road, surely you are ef­fec­tively hand­i­cap­ping all the other driv­ers?

When it comes to start­ing po­si­tion, ral­ly­ing is never go­ing to be a level play­ing field and maybe we should take note of F1, where the best driver in the best car starts at the front and con­se­quently au­di­ence fig­ures are in de­cline.

Oh and let’s not for­get the power stage in Ar­gentina; Ogier started around 10th and was well beaten.

Rob Hen­son Peter­bor­ough

Mo­tor­sport News, April 27

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