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2018 World Rally Championship: The season so far

Published 1447 GMT (2247 HKT) November 12, 2018
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The 2018 World Rally Championships is approaching its finale. Here are the highlights from an action-packed season so far, which has taken in an array of jaw-dropping locations. Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The 2018 season started along the French Riviera. M-Sport Ford's Sébastien Ogier won the opening rally with his co-driver Julien Ingrassia. TOYOTA claimed both second and third place in the driver standings. Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The tour rolled on to a snow-covered course in Sweden. French duo Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul won their first rally of the season for Hyundai. Both drivers and manufacturer led their respective championships. Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
TOYOTA started Rally Mexico just one point behind Hyundai in the manufacturer's standings. However, the Japanese team had a poor showing as M-Sport Ford's Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia came in first. Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images South America/Getty Images,
Corsica was the stunning location for the fourth rally of this season's championships. The French pairing of Ogier and Ingrassia secured back-to-back victories. Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
TOYOTA won their first rally of the season in the Argentine valleys. The Estonian duo of Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja dominated much of the race to take victory. Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images South America/Getty Images
Hyundai's Neuville and Gilsoul secured their second rally win on a packed course in Portugal, extending their team's lead at the top of the standings. Octavio Passos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The Belgian pair won consecutive races on the Sardinia coast as they started to run away with the driver's championship. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The rally marked a serious turning point for TOYOTA. They secured both first and third place, igniting a period of domination which would begin to rival Hyundai's grip. MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The familiar TOYOTA pairing of Tanak and Jarveoja secured their second successive win in Germany. The success saw TOYOTA leapfrog M-Sport Ford into second in the manufacturers' championship. Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Things would only get better for TOYOTA in Turkey. Tanak and Jarveoja won their third straight rally. Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The three victories saw Tanak and Jarveoja close the gap at the top of the driver's championship and gave TOYOTA the lead in the manufacturers' standings. OZAN KOSE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
TOYOTA's period of domination came to an end on a new and improved route in Wales, where M-Sport Ford's Ogier and Ingrassia won their second rally of the season. Dan Mullan/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The penultimate race of the season saw the championship travel to Salou. Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena claimed Citroen's first win of the season. Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Australia will be the venue for the last race of the 2018 World Rally Championship. Defending world champions Ogier and Ingrassia lead the driver's standings with TOYOTA boasting a 12-point lead in the manafactuer's championship. Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images