Do WRC 2010: A Look Back at the Final Season of the 2.0 Litre Era
The 2010 World Rally Championship was the 38th season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season consisted of 13 rallies, beginning with Rally Sweden on 11 February and ended with Wales Rally GB on 14 November.
France's SÃbastien Loeb won the drivers championship, his seventh consecutive title, after winning his home rally on 3 October and CitroÃn secured their sixth Manufacturers' title[^2^]. In the junior classes held alongside the main championship, Aaron Burkart won the JWRC Drivers' championship, Xavier Pons won the SWRC Drivers' championship, Red Bull Rally Team won the WRC Cup and Armindo AraÃºjo retained his PWRC Drivers' championship title.
2010 was the final season that the 2.0 litre engine packageâwhich dÃbuted in the 1997 World Rally Championship âwas used. It was also the final season that Pirelli was the sole tyre supplier for the championship; as DMACK and Michelin became the tyre suppliers and a new 1.6 litre engine package was introduced for the 2011 season.
The season saw some changes in the regulations, such as more flexibility for event organisers, mixing asphalt and gravel surfaces, no minimum or maximum distance for a special stage, night stages permitted and a new points system that awarded points to the top ten finishers[^2^]. The season also introduced a new Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) class for drivers with Super 2000 cars, and within it there was a WRC Cup for teams[^2^]. The WRC also introduced a ranking system called the Drivers' World Rally Ranking system in 2010, similar to that in golf or tennis[^2^].
The season featured some memorable rallies, such as Rally Bulgaria, which was the first asphalt-only event since 2004 and saw Loeb take his 58th career win[^2^]. Rally Finland was another highlight, with Jari-Matti Latvala becoming the youngest driver to win the event and breaking Loeb's streak of five consecutive wins[^2^]. Rally Japan was also notable, as it marked Petter Solberg's first podium finish since 2006 and Ken Block's first WRC point[^2^]. The season finale in Wales was a thrilling battle between Loeb and Latvala, with Loeb securing his eighth win of the year by just 4.8 seconds[^2^].
Do WRC 2010 was a historic season that marked the end of an era in the sport. It showcased some of the best drivers and teams in the world, as well as some exciting newcomers and challengers. It also paved the way for a new generation of cars and tyres that would bring more diversity and competition to the championship in the following years.
Do WRC 2010 also had some challenges and controversies, such as the cancellation of Rally Mexico due to security concerns, the disqualification of Mikko Hirvonen from Rally Portugal due to a technical infringement, the exclusion of Dani Sordo from Rally Germany due to an illegal water pump and the withdrawal of Kimi RÃikkÃnen from Rally Turkey due to a crash in the shakedown. The season also saw some retirements and injuries, such as Marcus GrÃnholm's farewell appearance in Rally Sweden, Henning Solberg's back injury in Rally Finland, SÃbastien Ogier's broken collarbone in Rally Japan and Matthew Wilson's broken ankle in Wales Rally GB.
Despite these difficulties, Do WRC 2010 was a successful and entertaining season that attracted millions of fans and media attention worldwide. The season also had a positive impact on the development and promotion of the sport, as it encouraged more manufacturers and drivers to join the championship in the future. Do WRC 2010 was a season that will be remembered as one of the most competitive and exciting in the history of the sport. 0efd9a6b88