Kalle Rovanpera Rally Catalunya

The Reasons To Watch Rally Catalunya 2022

While Kale Rovanperä is celebrating his championship title after New Zealand’s tour, Sébastien Ogier sets the fastest time at the Shakedown of the Rally Catalunya 2022. What does it mean? We return to Europe on tarmac for the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship season 2022. No matter how clear they are. You might say boring, but we’re ready to argue. Keep an eye on these key storytelling on the WRC Rally Catalunya 2022.

This year, Ott Tänak won and reflected, again and again. He was side-by-side with the fast and damn correct Kalle Rovanperä. He pushed hard every step of the way like a brave lion as he took the initiative from four fast and reliable Toyota Gazoo Racing Yarises. Estonian rally driver wins Rally Sardegna, Rally Finland and Challenge in Belgium.

Ott Tänak is ready for Rally Catalunya 2022
Ott Tänak is ready for Rally Catalunya 2022

Ott Tänak’s last word.

What could his Motorsport teammates do behind Elfyn Evans, Sebastien Ogier, Kalle Rovanperä, Esapekka Lappi, and Takamoto Katsuta? The right idea was to allow Ott Tänak to move ahead and give him a free run against Toyota. Since the season began, it appeared that things were going this way, but something has changed. Like being in a trap.

The Acropolis rally in Greece was the most “hotly discussed” challenge. With enough power, Ott Tänak was given the order to secure his second place instead of surmounting his teammate Neuville. Thierry Neuville won the rally in Greece. Tänak finished second. So the opportunity to win the championship passed through his fingers.

Another Hyundai driver, Dani Sordo, took a third. The press was delighted with the performance of the entire team, but Ott was filled with other, different emotions.

What did the Estonian rally driver do after the Acropolis round? He’s been reflecting on the decision to join Hyundai Motorsport after winning the championship with Toyota in 2019. Today, no one knows it. But one thing is certain: the FIA WRC season 2022 will end in less than a month.
Rumours are spreading that Tänak may not continue rally racing with his current team.

That means he needs to say something during the race. To ensure his career for the next season, he needs to do something urgently. In this way, victory is what we’re expecting to see from the Estonian at Rally Catalunya 2022. It’s pretty clear that victory will be Ott Tänak’s ultimate word.

Thierry Neuville hat trick: 2019, 2020, 2022?

Of course Ott Tänak is not the only one who wants to summarize the season with beautiful math. Thierry Neuville has special feelings about Rally Catalunya since he won here in Salou twice in a row. Consequently, it was an amazing win in the 2019 season. A Belgian rally driver stepping forward again was all that was needed for the 2020 season.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic it was decided to postpone the WRC Spain round until the most convenient time. So, here we go, the right time is now.

Furthermore, Thierry Neuville’s hat trick will be more than just arithmetic numbers. He set himself up for a secondary win in the WRC 2022 season. That is what he needs most. Particularly in the context of the story we mentioned above. While the other WRC drivers are prepared to argue with it.

Sébastien Ogier, Rally Spain 2022
Sébastien Ogier, Rally Spain 2022

Sébastien Ogier is on the way.

“Mr. Ogier has smiled mysteriously about his future plans, stating there are no questions regarding his full-time career in the WRC in 2023. Do not buy into his smiles. It’s Ogier’s turn to win Rally Catalunya 2022.

Moreover, he’s already set the fastest time in his battle Yaris WRC. Okay, why is that, you may ask? Well, as soon as Frencham sets up the green sectors, he wins. The exclusions are always due to reliability on his Toyota Gazoo Racing Yaris. It is just what statistics say. Although Kalle Rovanperä breathed a sigh of relief as the WRC title is already in his pocket, the others are nervous. The key point for Ogier is that he doesn’t compete for points, but for places. He’s here just to have some fun.

Thus, Sébastien Ogier doesn’t feel pressure. He didn’t win this year and he’s fine with that. That is why he has huge chances. In addition, the Rally Catalunya 2022 challenge is about asphalt. In both tarmac and snow, rally racing skills are essential. Therefore, wheel experience comes first. No one can compete with Ogier’s relaxed mood and enormous number of victories in his pocket, but if…

Dani Sordo is heading home.

There are just 6 hours in the car between Sordo’s home city of Torrelavega and our destination point – Salou. Perhaps that is why the Hyundai Motorsport rally driver is always so fast on the tarmac. To him, he is like a fish to water, or asphalt’s maestro. Any proof?

His first victory was in 2003. That was Rally Catalunya. Since then, he has been flying on the tarmac in Sardegna, Germany, and Italy, where he has the advantage. Last, but not least, what could be more pleasant than winning in front of his home crowd? Nothing. But Dani Sordo, according to our game plan, has few chances to claim victory. Tänak, Ogier and Neuville are the principal reasons against.

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s time to party.

After Kalle Rovanperä’s incredible victory in New Zealand, the team is still celebrating as one. But here they have an additional reason to make this party even more fun.
Having already sealed the manufacturers’ title here in Salou, Hyundai Motorport has high hopes for the next season.

Japan will also be on our itinerary. The Toyota will be heading home and bringing even more party with it. What cheaters, you may say! But, keep calm, nothing comes easy. There will be some challenges that may delay their party a bit.

Therefore, Hyundai Motorsport presents the fastest Sordo, Neuville, and Tänak. Because experiencing a racing battle at home will be more interesting than just celebrating.
Another key point is choosing the right tyres.

Second is the weather conditions. There is a high probability of rain throughout the rally racing weekend in Salou, despite expectations. It means that tyre choice will be crucial at the 2022 Catalunya Rally.

Besides, Toyota made a fast decision and became the first team to send its cars out on Pirelli’s soft compound P Zero rubber. Time will tell if their decision will be successful.

Rally Catalunya 2022 schedule (local time)

THURSDAY 20th OCTOBERLOCAL TIME
PRE SHOW & OPENING CEREMONY FROM SALOU PODIUM19:00
FRIDAY 21st OCTOBERLOCAL TIME
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK08:15
SS1 – ELS OMELLS – MALDA 108:33
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK09:14
SS2 – SERRA DE LA LLENA 109:33
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK10:14
SS3 – LES GARRIGUES ALTES 110:26
SS4 – RIBA-ROJA 111:26
BREAK12:10
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK15:00
SS5 – ELS OMELLS – MALDA 215:09
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK 15:50
SS6 – SERRA DE LA LLENA 216:09
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK16:50
SS7 – LES GARRIGUES ALTES 217:02
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK17:49
SS8 – RIBA-ROJA 218:02
BREAK18:45
MEDIA ZONE AND SERVICE B FROM PORT AVENTURA19:45
SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBERLOCAL TIME
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK08:30
SS9 – SAVALLA 108:44
SS10 – QUEROL – LES POBLES 109:37
BREAK10:20
SS11 – EL MONTMELL 1- TV LIVE WF110:30
BREAK11:30
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK14:00
SS12 – SAVALLA 214:14
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK14:56
SS13 – QUEROL – LES POBLES 215:07
BREAK15:50
SS14 – EL MONTMELL 2- TV LIVE WF216:00
BREAK17:00
SS15 – SALOU18:40
MEDIA ZONE AND SERVICE D FROM PORT AVENTURA19:15
SUNDAY 23rd OCTOBERLOCAL TIME
TYRE FITTING ZONE AT PORT AVENTURA IN SALOU06:45
SS16 – PRATDIP 107:00
BREAK07:40
SS17 – RIUDCANYES 1 TV LIVE WF308:00
MEDIA ZONE AND SERVICE E FROM PORT AVENTURA 09:00
SS18 – PRATDIP 210:29
STUDIO FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK 11:09
BREAK11:15
SS19 – RIUDCANYES 2 – TV LIVE WF4 – WOLF POWERSTAGE12:00
WRAP UP SHOW FROM PORT AVENTURA SERVICE PARK IN SALOU13:30
Note: Here is the local time schedule. Spain is in the UTC+2 timezone. The timetable is also subject to change.

Sums up

As you can see, there are key points that make Rally Catalunya a bit tense. There are many claims for one place. Nonetheless, their main point is that each has their own reasons for winning. Of course, that’s about Ott Tänak, who wants to fight back after bitter sweat in Greece and long stints in New Zealand. Thierry Neuville can mark his name as a hat-trick owner in Spain. Dani Sordo fills up with honor as thousands of his fans watch him compete in his homeland. Toyota Gazoo Racing is eligible to become the manufacturers champion. Sebastian Ogier is fast enough and calm enough to take the lead here at Rally Catalunya 2022.

In addition, the challenge will create a party that will attract many fans in Salou. Who will win? Surelly, we will know.