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Has the WRC missed a generation of drivers?

When talking about the past, present, and future of the World Rally Championship, it’s hard not to use the word ‘domination’, particularly when we speak of the current era.

It’s also well known that to succeed in this tough and demanding sport, experience is key.

The ability to know a stretch of road, to understand the car you’re piloting, and to be at one with the team around you is paramount to delivering the best possible result.

For drivers in the 1980s and 1990s, this experience came from years and years on the worldwide circuit and sometimes decades in the WRC, before settling and reaping the ultimate success.

Didier Auriol, for one, made his WRC debut 10 years prior to getting his coveted World Rally Championship title in 1994, and by that point, he was 36 years old.

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Luke Whitten

Luke is part of the third generation of the RallySport Magazine team and holds a degree in marketing & communications.
Luke is part of the third generation of the RallySport Magazine team and holds a degree in marketing & communications.