If ever there was a reason to turn your back on the Andes, this was it. Standing on top of the Pelun stage, staring down into the valley housing the Biobio river runs, was truly a great moment.
And it was just a moment. Moments later, the cloud that completed one of the most staggeringly beautiful views in the history of the World Rally Championship swept in to engulf us. What view? The temperature dropped and everything became just a little bit eerie.
The mountains, the valley and the Pacific, lost to a meteorological flat white.