Yes, M-Sport with Ogier won Rallye Monte Carlo 2017. Yes, Mikkelsen won in WRC2 section. But for us, the real hero was Raphael Astier.
You didn’t hear for him? Yes, it is true that this event was his first international rally, but on his first WRC event was already winner in WRC3 section and RC4 class.
Somebody could say that isn’t any special, but let’s take some statistic:
RC4 class: 18/16
He finished event on high 19th place overall, less than nine seconds behind Crugnola (Fiesta R5). He was also first with 2WD car, next was more than nine minutes behind Astier! In RC4 class were next behind him almost twelve minutes!
So…he really deserves this little award on our site. We hope that he will compete also on other international events wher he will prove his skills.