Backstage Rally Spain.

High aspirations.

 

The penultimate rally of the year may well decide who wins the battles for the drivers' and co-drivers' world championships. The Volkswagen drivers Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala hope to make it to the top, figuratively speaking, in the Spanish province of Catalonia. And this is something of a regional tradition, as the people of Catalonia have been forming impressive human pyramids – so-called castells – at festivals for several centuries.

 

This tradition goes back to the 18th century and since then it has gradually spread throughout Catalonia. These days, these human pyramids are representative of Catalonia's distinct culture and the strong sense of pride felt in this region which seeks independence from Spain. It remains to be seen which rally driver will be beaming with pride at the end of Rally Spain on Sunday. And also – and above all – whether Ogier will succeed in defending his championship title or whether the decision will then have to wait until the final metres of Rally Great Britain.