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Autosport Awards: Voting open for Rally Car of the Year category

Voting has opened for the Rally Car of the Year category at the 2018 Autosport Awards

Autosport Awards: Voting open for Rally Car of the Year category

The wide-open three-team fight for this season's World Rally Championship is likely to make this one of the closest tussles in the Awards votes.

Autosport Plus subscribers and Autosport magazine readers decide the winners in many of the categories at the annual prizegiving event, with the 2018 victors revealed in a ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on the evening of Sunday December 2.

Cast your Rally Car of the Year vote here

With two rounds to go in the WRC season, just 21 points cover Hyundai's Thierry Neuville, M-Sport Ford's Sebastien Ogier and Toyota's Ott Tanak in the battle for the drivers' title.

Toyota's mid-season surge - headlined by three straight wins for Tanak - means it currently leads the manufacturers' championship with its Yaris WRC in only its second season back in the WRC.

An Award win for Toyota would be its first in this category since its Corolla WRC took the honours in 1999.

The early-season pacesetting Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC is also on the Award shortlist, as is the semi-independent M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC - the 2017 Award winner - that Ogier has kept in the title hunt despite its relative lack of factory support.

The WRC's fourth manufacturer Citroen has not won yet in 2018, but its C3 WRC makes the Award shortlist thanks to the rally-leading speed it has shown on multiple occasions.

M-Sport again has two cars in Award contention, the R5 version of its Fiesta catching the eye for its huge list of successes at rallying's secondary level around the world.

Its main R5 opponent is a rival for the Award too - the Skoda Fabia R5 that Jan Kopecky has used to win every WRC2 round he has contested this year is also in the running.

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