Behind the scenes on the WRC's 80km/h rodeo

Behind the scenes on the WRC's 80km/h rodeo

The recce before every World Rally event gives crews a chance to perfect their pacenotes, and it is played out in a very different atmosphere from when the competition proper gets under way

It's the middle of Betws-y-Coed late on a Wednesday morning of Rally GB week and Sebastien Ogier is waiting patiently in traffic. Curiously, the six-time World Rally champion is moving through this most beautiful of Welsh towns totally unmolested.

Nobody's given him or his motor a second glance. Let's face it, in this rally friendly part of the world, there's nothing enormously unusual about a bloke wearing a Citroen T-shirt driving a dirty-white Subaru WRX STI. And why should anybody notice him? He's not coming until the end of the week. It's not rally time yet.

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