Sebastien Loeb has won the World Rally Championship – with the same team – for eight consecutive years, and this year, he's so far ahead more than halfway through the season that he'd have to sit out two rallies to let the second-placed drive overtake him. Yet few complain about the predictability of the WRC, with complaints mostly about vehicle regulations and not Loeb's suffocating consistency.

It's videos like the one below that explain why. Stage 1 Technology and its timing and tracking gear has been involved with the WRC for ten years, and has put together a fine compilation video with a decade of wins, losses, jokes, slides, highlights and high jumps. Scroll down to check it out.


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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome video. Love watching older WRC videos even though the current state of the sport is pretty sad. Btw, do any of those drivers featured in the clip have their own Gymkhana video? Oh that's right, they're too busy actually "winning" races...
        Vision7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        There was actually a short clip of Ken Block in this video.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        The current state is pretty sad for everyone whos not named Sebastien Loeb. Brutal comment about the gymkana videos, but true in a way. Millionaires and playboys have always been part of the sport but they never do as well as the kid who grew up with it. Just ask Uncle Bernie!
      CJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful!
      Adam Wood
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to see Richard Burns and Colin McRae racing again. If only.
      Vision7
      • 2 Years Ago
      A great video but what struck me was just how much faster the older cars were. With the FIA adding cost-cutting measures, and emissions/efficiency standards, there's no way the current breed of WRC cars are faster than the ones that tore up the rally stages ten years ago. in the late 90's and early 2000's the engineers were truly able to showcase their wizardry and the drivers could further showcase their cojones as they raced against the clock and themselves. How I long for those days to return... Also, I miss the sound of Nicky Grist's unmistakable voice as he read those pace notes...memories.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Drew Smith
        • 2 Years Ago
        I sure as heck stopped watching it. You would have to work really hard to find a bigger WRC fan than me, but with how predictable it has become, there simply is no excitement any more. I have put a lot of thought into WHY Loeb wins so much, and I really believe it to be because there is such a lack of 'edge of control' excitement in the whole series. It has become something of an F1 style race, rather than a McRae or Burns or Sainz flipping their car three times and still making it to the finish. The 'safer' they try to make the series, the worse it is going to get. Also, the companies need to try other drivers. They have backed themselves into a corner by not introducing fresh blood, so they are going to HAVE to take a hit and actually pay new drivers, instead of having the rich and famous pay them to drive (most people never realize that most of these drivers pay the company to drive these days). Fresh blood + new (varied) stages + less worry about safety = a return to the way it was. After all, if people wanted a series that wasn't dangerous, they would watch other forms of racing. By its nature, rally is supposed to be absolute, ragged edge, balls out, driving.
        aeollo
        • 2 Years Ago
        I have to admit that I stopped watching WRC too... But there's a reason why Loeb won eight titles in a row with three different cars (Xsara, C4 and DS3): he's simply the best. ..And I don't think that any changes in the regulations would end his domination (like it happened in F1). WRC is a totally different sport and the driver's skills are so much more important than the performance of the car its self in my opinion...
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great video. Getting all nostalgic looking back and remembering when I saw many of those moments. It's a shame how predictable the competition is today compared to back then. Hopefully with Mini and other new companies such as VW the series will be exciting, not just to watch, but to root for again too.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I miss the days of homologation cars. The Focus WRC looked like the Focus you could go buy. The Citroen WRC looked like the Citroen you can go buy. If Subaru wanted a rally car with big wide fenders, they had to sell the 22B to the public.