Sebastien Ogier sprayed champagne on his Volkswagen Polo R WRC for the first time 636 days after Dr Ulrich Hackenberg announced the firm's commitment to the World Rally Championship. Hyundai did it on Sunday, 576 after its i20 got the public green light. That's 60 days sooner.
Believe me, the maths took me a worrying amount of time to do. And I've checked it. Twice. So I know it's right. Probably.
But I was struck by how small the difference is. I thought Hyundai's gap from announcement to glory was way shorter. Then I thought back to the two launches and, more pertinently, what followed.
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David Evans is the rallies editor of Autosport and Motorsport News. A successful rally driving father ensured an early introduction to motorsport and, fascinated as he was by rallying, the fourth estate was of equal interest. Having read (or at least looked at the pictures) from the age of two, he joined <i>Motoring News</i> in 1996 and later moved to Autosport in 2002.@davidevansrally More features by David Evans