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joe58

711 posts

39 months

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Sunday 1st April 2012 quote quote all
I have to say Petter was incredible. If his power steering hadn't failed he would have been on the podium. He was incredibly fast, taking absolute ridiculous amounts of time out of the rest of the leaderboard.

Allyc85

5,042 posts

74 months

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He is on the podium!

Hirvonen has been excluded for a non conforming clutch, Ostberg wins!

https://twitter.com/#!/voiceofrally


tyrrell

452 posts

96 months

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Sunday 1st April 2012 quote quote all
That makes the championship look a lot more interesting great news for Solberg

JWarren98

116 posts

35 months

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Sunday 1st April 2012 quote quote all
Disappointed for Mikko, he's been my favourite driver since McRae/Burns.
But I always like Mads, showed some real potential in those old Subaru's for the last few years, glad he got that deal with Ford. Getting your 4th podium as a win isn't bad going.

GravelBen

11,460 posts

118 months

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Monday 2nd April 2012 quote quote all
Persistence paying off for Paddon, somehow ending up with the S2000 class win after electrical failure on Sat morning left him with 15 minutes to make up.
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PSBuckshot

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4,985 posts

47 months

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The penalty was too extreme. Highly gutted on his behalf.

epom

2,789 posts

49 months

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Monday 2nd April 2012 quote quote all
A war of attrition, great stuff !! Good to test them out every now and again seems as they may have gone soft with no Safari Rally wink

EDLT

14,730 posts

94 months

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Monday 2nd April 2012 quote quote all
PSBuckshot said:
The penalty was too extreme. Highly gutted on his behalf.
I disagree, Citroen have been around long enough to know the rules. The clutch was fine at the start of the year, why change it?
Also:

"There is a secondary problem for the factory Citroen team, centred on the turbine wheel in the #2 DS3's turbocharger.

The issue with the turbine wheel is also sufficient for exclusion but this penalty has been suspended pending further investigation. The stewards' decision is due imminently."

From: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98550

Very suspicious.

DeltaForce

74 posts

41 months

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Monday 2nd April 2012 quote quote all
Also means Loeb still leads the drivers table. That is pending Citroens appeal, which I think will fall on deaf ears. wink

Allyc85

5,042 posts

74 months

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Monday 2nd April 2012 quote quote all
PSBuckshot said:
The penalty was too extreme. Highly gutted on his behalf.
But the penalty has to be extreame to stop teams making a mockery of the homologation process/rules.

Gutted for Mikko though, hes been driving bloody well at Citreon and the move seems to have revitalised him after some slow drivers at Ford!

melvster

6,645 posts

73 months

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Monday 2nd April 2012 quote quote all
Great programme on Group B Rallying last night.

Part 1 and 2 embedded if anyone missed this programme.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w9aXI5aMjo&fea...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCrUrGeOtlA&fea...

Allyc85

5,042 posts

74 months

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Tuesday 3rd April 2012 quote quote all
il be watching that later biggrin

No appeal from Citreon, so Mads Ostberg is confirmed as the winner!

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98587

PSBuckshot

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4,985 posts

47 months

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Allyc85 said:
il be watching that later biggrin

No appeal from Citreon, so Mads Ostberg is confirmed as the winner!

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98587
He didn't seem that pleased with his win on twitter!
Think he wanted to win properly but a first win is a first win.

iva cosworth

15,479 posts

51 months

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"There was no performance advantage" for the non homologated clutch that got them

excluded.

Remember when a Focus WRC lost a win due to the thickness of its glass a few years ago ?

Any appeal should fail.

PSBuckshot

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4,985 posts

47 months

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Thursday 5th April 2012 quote quote all
Does anyone know roughly how much I can expect it to cost to go to Finland for the WRC for the 4-5 days, including cheap hotel?

Allyc85

5,042 posts

74 months

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Thursday 5th April 2012 quote quote all
I have to do Finland one day, maybe next year!

I found an interesting news article on JML and VW earlier wink

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10150774...

Im not sure two hard chargers would be the right move for the team personally!

Emeye

5,421 posts

111 months

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Sunday 8th April 2012 quote quote all
Well I finally got around to watching the Motors TV highlights of WRC Portugal and thought the coverage was pretty good - it helps that the 2 guys know their stuff. They usually do Rally Radio I think.

One question though, what is the MINI team reorganization all about? They mentioned it, but I seem to have missed any details. Cheers.

Allyc85

5,042 posts

74 months

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Friday 13th April 2012 quote quote all
Basically the Minis of Nobre and Arujo (Spelling?) are now the works cars as they are entered for every round and allows mini to continue adding upgrades, subject to the homoligation rules.

Prodrive Mini are now a works assisted team, but are the ones that are actually developing the car! Simple... sort of!

in other news JML will miss Argentina after suffering an injury Skiing! Just about sums him up TBH!

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98781

GravelBen

11,460 posts

118 months

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Friday 13th April 2012 quote quote all
Allyc85 said:
in other news JML will miss Argentina after suffering an injury Skiing! Just about sums him up TBH!
Wouldn't be the first rally driver to do similar, didn't Sainz miss a few rallies after a MTB accident one year?

EDLT

14,730 posts

94 months

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Friday 13th April 2012 quote quote all
Allyc85 said:
Basically the Minis of Nobre and Arujo (Spelling?) are now the works cars as they are entered for every round and allows mini to continue adding upgrades, subject to the homoligation rules.

Prodrive Mini are now a works assisted team, but are the ones that are actually developing the car! Simple... sort of!

in other news JML will miss Argentina after suffering an injury Skiing! Just about sums him up TBH!

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98781
I thought Prodrive was going to do the development anyway, otherwise why would BMW need them if it was being done by their own motorsport division?

As far as I can tell, it has gone from Prodrive running two Countrymen (Countrymans?) for BMW to Prodrive running two Countrymen with BMW's money and a couple of pay-drivers.

I bet JML looked like a world class skier until he fell over, too.
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