Launch any debate about who the best driver in World Rally Championship history is, and two Frenchmen called Sébastien are always going to crop up. Always.
Statistically, few can hold a candle to either of them. But Kalle Rovanperä is doing something neither Loeb nor Ogier managed. He’s winning championships in his youth.
Given the expectation that Rovanperä won’t stick at rallying for the next decade, he’ll perhaps never match the numbers Loeb achieved. But does that matter? Is the Finn staking a claim to be the best rally driver there’s ever been?
That debate is at the heart of this week’s edition of SPIN, The Rally Pod, featuring Colin Clark, George Donaldson and Luke Barry.
The trio review the Central European Rally and discuss, among other things, the importance of Thierry Neuville’s victory given how the Hyundai dynamic will change next season.