Seven down, six to go: World Rallying’s stars can enjoy a little bit of time off between now and early August so let’s look at a few important numbers that got thrown up among the dust and rocks in the Sardinian heat last weekend.
A warning – if you’re not a Sebastien Ogier fan you might want to look away…
120 - The number of stages to have taken place in the seven World Rally Championship rounds to date in 2013.
48 - The number of stages Sebastien Ogier has won so far this year, after racking up seven more top times in Sardinia. Told you it might get a bit depressing.
4 - Sebastien Ogier’s wins tally for 2013 reached four in Sardinia, round seven of the 2013 championship. In Sardinia he led from start to finish and, while his chief rivals all had problems, his VW Polo R didn’t miss a beat. Had enough yet?
64 - Sebastien Ogier’s points lead after Sardinia. That’s equivalent to two maximum scores (win plus Power Stage victory) and then some more. Even if he fails to score in Finland and Germany the earliest anyone could conceivably catch him is Australia in September. Of course he might have put it beyond reach by then.
All right, that’s enough of rubbing it in for non-Ogier fans. Here are some other fascinating figures post-Sardinia.
69 - Apart from sounding rude, it’s also the number of stages new team VW’s new Polo R has now won in 2013. That’s more than Citroen’s DS3 and M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta RS put together.
66 - The number of stages won by French drivers (Ogier and part-timer Sebastien Loeb) at the mid-way point. Next up are Finland (26), Norway (15), Russia (6), Spain (4) and Belgium (3).
2 - Thierry Neuville achieved his best-ever result on a WRC round with second position in Sardinia. He also scored two bonus points on the Power Stage with the second fastest time behind Ogier. His two fastest stage times on the event added to the one he achieved in Mexico making it three in total for Belgium (see number 66).
0.9 - The margin in seconds by which Elfyn Evans beat Michal Koskiuszko to finish in sixth position on his WRC debut. To clarify, Kosciuszko went into the event’s final stage 2.2 seconds behind the young Brit and completed it 1.3s faster. Not enough.
8.4 - The number of seconds Jari-Matti Latvala took out of VW team-mate and eventual winner Sebastien Ogier during Raly Italy Sardegna after he’d lost 1m56.4s with a puncture on stage one. Of course we’ll never know how quickly both could have really gone had it been a straightforward fight for the victory but Latvala can possibly count this as a possible win that got away…