When Andreas Mikkelsen crashed his Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo into the concrete barrier at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, it looked like his hopes of retaining the WRC2 title were over. The championship race turned strongly in favor of Kaetan Kajatanovic; he has plenty of rallies left to catch and overtake Mickelsen on points.

Unless there was an unexpected plot twist. Emil Lindholm continued to dominate in Greece. Suddenly there was a glimmer of hope – maybe things will not work out for Kaetanovich.

It was confirmed on Monday morning that the WRC2 title race will not end with one title contender chasing an absent rival, with Mikkelsen reaching his maximum quota of seven rallies for the season.

Lindholm’s name appeared on the list of participants of Rally Japan together with Kaetanowicz. WRC2 is going down to the wire – potentially even a winner-takes-all battle, depending on what happens in Spain this week.