Well Loeb has won his seventh title, all in a row too, with two rallies left and a 60-point margin. To be honest though you have to admire his skill I can’t really put him up there with Juha Kankkunen or Tomi Makinen, both who won four and in a more challenging field (to put Makinen in perspective, imagine the top F1 teams of today stayed stable in terms of drivers and performance and then one driver won 4 world championships in a row).
WRC is in big trouble really. It’s not going to implode or die anytime soon, but it’s nowhere near as competitive or popular (I mean come on, Dave broadcasts it in the UK). Just one example, Keith wrote an article about Dario Franchitti winning the IndyCar title yet Loeb’s record-setting championship didn’t even get a mention in the round-up. And it doesn’t look like WRC are even trying to do anything about it. Okay it’s not their fault Subaru left because of the economic downturn but they were a faded force anyway, just like Mitsubishi when they left. Perhaps they could tighten up the points system instead of following F1′s lead all the time, it would be a start.