The 2018 FIA World Rally Championship is the 46th season of the World Rally Championship and represents the highest class of international rallying. There are thirteen different races in this season’s calendar. The season sets off from the Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo event and takes drivers all around the world until it finishes with the Rally Australia.
Currently the leader in the rankings is Frenchman Sebastien Ogier from M-Sport Ford WRT and he holds a tangible lead ahead of second placed Thierry Neuville from Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT. However, this situation could be subject to change very soon as only four races have been completed so far this season and there are still 9 remaining.
In this article we will focus on the wagering offer of five renowned betting operators for this year’s edition of the World Rally Championship and we will examine the odds they offer for the respective drivers.
EnergyBet is a renowned betting operator which runs on Probe Investments Limited’s software and network services and is regulated by Malta’s laws. They are a reliable choice for all seasoned punters who seek risk-free betting. However, it is not just experienced punters which flock to EnergyBet, but also betting beginners and new customers. For these first time clients EnergyBet offers a Welcome Bonus of 100% on all first deposits which can go up to £25.
Punters can use this bonus and can turn it into real profit if they back EnergyBet’s favourite Sebastien Ogier at odds of 8/15. The Frenchman has a very substantial lead of 17 points ahead of his closest rival Thierry Neuville who is given more modest odds of 27/20.
The Estonian Otti Tanak is third on the standings so far, and is also the third favourite according to EnergyBet with odds of 12. These three drivers are given the highest chances to take the title home this year if EnergyBet is asked.
Quite a lot behind them, both in the standings and in terms of odds, are drivers such as Jari-Matti Latvala (25), Andreas Mikkelsen (25), Kris Meeke (25), Esapekka Lappi (40), and Sebastien Loeb (40).
LVBet is run by an established company called Fairload Limited which is located and regulated in Malta, and this is a clear guarantee of their reliability. As with all other betting operators on this list, they also take the upmost care of their clients and offer a 100% Welcome Bonus, up to €50 for all new customers.
When it comes to the WRC 2018, LVBet offer their punters a sublime selection of enticing odds which can be easily seen by what they give to the two main favourites, Sebastien Ogier (8/15) and Thierry Neuville (27/20).
Otti Tanak (12) is somewhere in the middle between the two main favourites and the absolute outsiders in LVBet’s offer as all the drivers who come after him such as Jari-Matti Latvala (25), Andreas Mikkelsen (25), Kris Meeke (25), Esapekka Lappi (40), and Sebastien Loeb (40) trail substantially behind the leader Sebastien Ogier at the moment.
Taking drivers such as Elfyn Evans (100), Dani Sordo (125), Craig Breen (125), Hayden Paddon (150), Khalid Al Qassimi (500), and Stephane Lefebvre (500) into consideration for the WRC 2018 title would be an insult to all the others on LVBet’s list.
Fun88 is powered by TGP Europe Ltd licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and is one of the most reputable betting operators out there. They have a varied betting offer which others can only be envious of and their promotions like the accumulator protector bonus and welcome bonus which can go as high as £28 attract a large following these days.
Sebastien Ogier (10/19) is quite expectedly the favourite at Fun88 and his current standing of 87 points is intimidating all of his rivals. Thierry Neuville (27/20) is the closest of these rivals according to Fun88 and he is the most likely candidate of all to upstage Ogier.
Otti Tanak (11/1), Andreas Mikkelsen (23/1), Jari-Matti Latvala (25/1), Kris Meeke (25/1), Esapekka Lappi (38/1), and Sebastien Loeb (38/1) will have to put a magnificent effort if they are to have any chance of taking over from the superb Frenchman.
On the other hand, drivers such as Elfyn Evans (97/1), Dani Sordo (115/1), Craig Breen (125/1), Hayden Paddon (145/1), Khalid Al Qassimi (475/1), and Stephane Lefebvre (475/1) can do whatever they want and they will still not be even close to winning this year’s WRC competition.
Redbet is part of the Evoke Gaming Group and is regulated by The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). They offer their punters enticing offers and promotions such as their welcome offer which stipulates that you should deposit a minimum of £10 using the code WELCOMEFREEBET, place FIVE bets of a minimum of £10, and you get a £10 bonus bet with Redbet.
As with all other bookmakers, Sebastien Ogier (10/19) is the clear favourite for the WRC title this year. His impressive start of three victories in four races certainly warrants these odds and it will be quite a surprise if he fails to finish the season in the way he started it.
Thierry Neuville (27/20) managed to be victorious in one of the races so far this season, but he will have to do much better than that if he wants to take over from the Frenchman.
Otti Tanak (11/1), Andreas Mikkelsen (23/1), Jari-Matti Latvala (25/1), Kris Meeke (25/1), Esapekka Lappi (38/1), and Sebastien Loeb (38/1) are all hoping to have a change of fortune and upstage Ogier, but it is highly unlikely that any one of them can achieve that this season, if recent races are to be considered.
SportPesa is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and is one of the most reliable bookmakers in the UK. Their welcome bonus offer of an extra £10 on first deposits of minimum £10 has caused lots of new clients to come knocking at their doors and this is no coincidence.
Sebastien Ogier (10/19) is SportPesa’s favourite to win the 2018 WRC Rally and you cannot blame them. He is the stand alone top favourite at all betting operators and one wonders if even his biggest rival, according to SportPesa, Thierry Neuville (27/20) thinks differently.
This leading duo is followed by the driver who is currently third in the standings, Otti Tanak (11/1), and he is some way ahead of other contenders such as Andreas Mikkelsen (23/1), Jari-Matti Latvala (25/1), Kris Meeke (25/1), Esapekka Lappi (38/1), and Sebastien Loeb (38/1).
On the other end of the spectrum, odds wise, are drivers such as Elfyn Evans (97/1), Dani Sordo (115/1), Craig Breen (125/1), Hayden Paddon (145/1), Khalid Al Qassimi (475/1), and Stephane Lefebvre (475/1) who no sane punter will ever back in a situation as the current one.