The GRC reality show also offers total democracy. It’s accessible to everyone! Nobody stops the fans from looking round the pit stops of the various teams. Nobody forbids them from watching the mechanics adjusting the race cars. Even the normally so reserved Nelson Piquet Jr. is patiently posing for selfies with fans. This gives us a look inside a brand-new generation of race car drivers.
At dusk, opposite Volkswagen, on the other site of the pit lane, the Ford Hoonigan team is celebrating their results with driver Ken Block – Block has just won the season finale and came in second overall, right behind the Finn Joni Wiman. Block’s children are playing in the mechanics zone with remote control toy UFOs. The mechanics’ wives are young and tattooed. The mechanics themselves look as if they played on the street corners as kids, dreamt of their own Mad Max road movie and turned metal scraps into hot rods. A strange smell of dog food and vegetarian fast food, of oil, dust and burnt tires is blowing in the wind.