WRC2 ti­tle up for grabs – with­out Evans

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This will be an ag­o­nis­ing week for El­fyn Evans – not only is he miss­ing his home round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship, but he also has to sit and watch as his ri­vals look to seize his WRC2 ti­tle.

Evans com­pleted his WRC2 sea­son in Corsica ear­lier this month and holds a 15-point lead over Teemu Suni­nen, who com­pletes his sev­enth and fi­nal scor­ing round this week. If Suni­nen wins WRC2, he’s cham­pion and can­not be beaten. If he’s se­cond, he could still lose his ti­tle to ei­ther Es­apekka Lappi or Jan Kopecky – but ei­ther one of the two Skoda fac­tory driv­ers would have to win in Wales and then go and win the fi­nal round of the sea­son in Aus­tralia as well.

If Suni­nen’s third and nei­ther Lappi or Kopecky wins then Evans and Suni­nen would fin­ish the sea­son on the same num­ber of points. The ti­tle would then be de­cided on count­back with the win­ner be­ing the driver with the most wins. Trou­ble is, they’ll both have had three wins, a se­cond, a third and a fourth.

In which case the ti­tle would then go to Suni­nen for hav­ing a marginally bet­ter fin­ish­ing record in over­all terms – both driv­ers man­aged an eighth over­all, a ninth over­all and an 11th over­all, but cru­cially the Finn also took a 10th over­all. It’s that which could de­cide the di­rec­tion of this year’s WRC2 crown.

Evans is left to watch as all­com­ers look to erase his lead

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