There are now just 2 events remaining in what is a shortened WRC season. the final two rally events will be held in Italy and Belgium, but given how the current driver standings look, we are probably not going to be able to crown a champion until the final race of the season. That is not an unexpected outcome when you consider how short this season has been in comparison to others. This weekend’s race will be head in Italy on a course that features sandy trails and a lot of big jumps, so we should be in for an exciting weekend of racing. Ahead of this race, we are going to take a look at the current top 4 in the driver standings, looking at how they go there and how they have previously performed in Italy so you can set down your bets against their WRC odds.
WRC 2020 Rally Italia Sardegna Betting Analysis
Evans picked up his second win of the season in Turkey last weekend, but it has been his consistent performances throughout the season that have put him in the pole position heading into the final 2 races of the season. A new team and a new car appear to have done the trick for the British driver, as he is now well on pace to better his career best 5th place finish in the championship, which he achieved last season. Evans has not finished worse than 4th this season, which has allowed him to amass 97 points through the races run thus far. If he maintains that level of consistency, I think we can crown him.
The Frenchman looked to have a clear path to the championship this season, for what would have been his 7th title in 8 years, but it all went wrong in Turkey. After a win in Mexico and finishing no worse than 4th in the 3 other races, it looked like business as usual for Ogier. He now probably needs to win at least one of the final 2 races to have a shot at catching Evens, who has opened up an 18-point lead on Ogier. Between 2013 and 2015, Ogier won 3 in a row in Italy, but he has not on there since, with 2nd being his best finish between 2015 and now.
With just 2 races left to go and a 27-point gap between Tanak and the to spot, it is beginning to look as though he is not going to be able to repeat as champion this year. It was always going to be an uphill battle for the Estonian driver after being forced to retire in the opening race of the season in Monte Carlo. He has had a win and a pair of 2nd place finishes since then, but his 17th place finish in Turkey last weekend may well have been the final nail in his coffin.
The Finnish driver is on the same number of points (70) as Tanak, but where Tanak will be disappointed with his current standing, you can bet that Rovanpera is delighted. His previous best finish in the WRC Championship was 12th, which he achieved last season, so top 4 is a huge breakthrough for this driver. He has had one podium finish this season and has never finished worse than 5th.