Writing this a couple of days after the end of the 2018 Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, I had the feeling that we had seen this all before.
The winner was the same as last year, he was driving an identical type of car, with once again at least one example from each of the four top registered teams finishing in the top five places.
Behind them the British driver, Elfyn Evans, was again in sixth position, a Skoda Fabia R5 driver again won the WRC2 category, a Peugeot 208 R2 driver once again won the WRC3 category.
Looking at the drivers, the fastest on the course was Thierry Neuville, but again his errors cost him the chance of victory.
In 2017, between them, Neuville and Ogier scored nine stage wins and in 2018 their joint score again was nine.
Not everything, however, was exactly the same.
This year Jari-Matti Latvala finished third instead of second. Last year Jan Kopecky finished eighth and Bryan Bouffier 10th. This year their positions were reversed.
Uncanny, isn’t it!
Elfyn Evans started the 2018 season with another sixth place. Photos: Holmes
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