The 2017 World Rally Car formula was the first time that all the registered championship teams appeared on the first event with new cars, and Rally Australia was the first chance to see which team made the greatest use of their cars this year.
Citroen could be said to be the most profligate team. They had 11 chassis, nine of which were used on WRC events (two were test cars and two were destroyed on rallies by Meeke), and two of them were only used once. They made 36 official team entries.
Toyota used only five cars, making 33 official team entries and also had two test cars.
M-Sport had nine cars, six of which were used by team drivers on 39 entries, one of them only used twice and one – Evans’ usual car – was used 12 times, including his win on Wales Rally GB.
At Hyundai (chassis 11, usually Paddon’s) was used 11 times. Hyundai had one car destroyed, Paddon’s accident in Sardinia, and made 40 entries.
Now we wait to find out which teams will build new cars for 2018 and how many 2017 cars will be sold.
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