Review: The World Rally Guide

Monday | April 05, 2021

Forty-eight years of WRC history with more than 600 laps is summed up in the second edition of a remarkable book of information and statistics.

Alexandru Dobais The World Rally Guide has followed the WRC from its start in 1973 until the end of the 2020 season. The wealth of facts and figures is so great that it is probably less time consuming to list what is not covered than to list what is presented.

New for the second edition is a multi-page insight into the Audi Quattro, both the road car and the fantastic rally machines that have changed the face of the FIA ​​World Rally Championship with their revolutionary all-wheel drive traction.

Also new is a glimpse into Pirelli’s motorsport history when the Italian company that supported this book returned to the WRC as the series’s exclusive tire supplier.

But it is the multitude of statistics that really make this book special. It has been reduced from 796 pages to a lighter and more manageable 560, but does not lose any of its content.

Two laps are presented on each side, including the top 10 classification, rally leader, special stage winners, distances and starters / finishers. Each is accompanied by the rally plate and a photo of the event, in most cases the winners in action.

The event stats are complemented by a full WRC record of the 79 drivers who have won a WRC lap and more than 30 pages of other stats and tables covering pretty much everything you could ever want to know.

This book is a real love work by the Romanian author and one that he admits was not only a difficult but also a complex challenge.

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For avid fans, this is an excellent addition to any bookshelf. For those who work in the sport, it is an invaluable record of the WRC’s history and a one-stop shop for information that is often only available through an internet search these days.

The World Rally Guide is available from Amazon in Kindle e-book format or as a paperback.

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