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PSBuckshot

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4,891 posts

45 months

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
ArnageWRC said:
Meeke is a talent – sadly lacking funds for a drive. He impressed last year – up against drivers with 3/4/5 years worth of experience in WRCars. His years in a S1600 don’t really count – making notes in a WRCar are different to in a WRCar. His off in France was because of his notes – this year was meant to be about getting more experience of the events & making notes. There’s a reason why the PSA Group have used him for testing – as well as being a quick driver, he’s a qualified engineer.
But would you choose him over Sordo?
I'm not doubting that Meeke is talented I just think Sordo would be better.

sanf

438 posts

58 months

[news] 
Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
Well new promoter announced - Red Bull Media House & Sportsman Media.

Gravel note crews allowed & calendar for next year approved. Teams only have to compete in 1 non European event and have to take part in a minimum of 7 rounds to qualify for the championship.

So far so good. thumbup

Allyc85

4,956 posts

72 months

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
So, so happy this has finally been sorted out and the sport can move on from this shocking mess! If Red Bull can promote downhill mountain biking through a hay field then im sure they can do a great job with the WRC!

But as we keep saying, the first thing they HAVE to do is get the sport on free TV again!

Allyc85

4,956 posts

72 months

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
2013 calendar has been revealed too, with Rally Gb back to its proper date!

Rallye Monte-Carlo: 20 January 2013

Rally Sweden: 10 February 2013

Rally Mexico: 10 March 2013

Rallye de Portugal: 14 April 2013

Rally Argentina: 5 May 2013

Acropolis Rally (Greece): 2 June 2013

Rally d’Italia: 23 June 2013

Rally Finland: 4 August 2013

Rallye Deutschland: Date TBC

Rally Australia: 15 September 2013

Rallye de France: 6 October 2013

Rally de Espana: 27 October 2013

Rally of Great Britain: 17 November 2013

Emeye

5,383 posts

109 months

[news] 
Saturday 29th September 2012 quote quote all
A good news day for WRC then.

I still stand by my feeling that Loeb is leaving just as things are getting interesting and some real competition is coming online. I'd love to see the 2 Sebs going head to head.

I'm guessing Loeb might do a Kimi in reverse, yet I doubt we will see Loeb do a full season of F1 anytime soon.

I'd like to see Kubica in a WRC car, but not as much as I'd like to see him back in F1....
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epom

2,632 posts

47 months

[news] 
Saturday 29th September 2012 quote quote all
Yes certainly seems like there is finally some sense being made over in WRC towers. It is a fantastic sport, it just needs to show everyone.

TankRS

2,006 posts

40 months

[news] 
Saturday 29th September 2012 quote quote all
All in all a good few days of news in the WRC world. More cars being developed to enter is always a good thing!

I hope prodrive can get the backing they need, then go on to upstage the BMW backed Motorsport Italia minis!! wink

I'm neither here nor there about Loeb leaving, obviously he's had enough of the sport and tbh who wouldn't get to that point after the same dominance in a sport? Still I wish him the best as he actually is a nice guy!

I'm more interested now in hearing who is going where, who's staying put, and who else is coming onboard driver & teams?!

One thing that has bugged me a bit about the news however is the renaming of swrc & pwrc to FIA WRC-2 & FIA WRC-3. It just sounds like they are promoting the conputer games!
I'm glad that the academy is going back to jwrc tho, but would rather it be as it was before and not jut a single manufacturer. That way it brings an extra level of competition and excitement to it.

PSBuckshot

Original Poster:

4,891 posts

45 months

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Thursday 4th October 2012 quote quote all
Its time for WRC France.
Loeb basically has this title in the bag and he won't want a mistake so for that reason I'm calling Sordo as the winner.
He was fastest in shakedown as well.

Top 10 shakedown times

1 Dani Sordo (MINI) 2m34.1s

2 Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford) 2m34.4s

3 Petter Solberg (Ford) 2m35.0s

4 Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) 2m35.5s

5 Thierry Neuville (Citroen) 2m35.7s

6 Mikko Hirvonen (Citroen) 2m37.5s

= Nasser Al-Attiyah (Citroen) 2m37.5s

8 Mads Ostberg (Ford) 2m38.0s

9 Evgeny Novikov (Ford) 2m39.4s

10 Ott Tanak (Ford) 2m40.0s.

PSBuckshot

Original Poster:

4,891 posts

45 months

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Thursday 4th October 2012 quote quote all
Allyc85 said:
with Rally Gb back to its proper date!


Rally of Great Britain: 17 November 2013
Have to say I slightly enjoyed not freezing my arse off for once at Rally GB this year!

Allyc85

4,956 posts

72 months

[news] 
Thursday 4th October 2012 quote quote all
True! The lighter evenings were a bonus too!

Rally France is live on French TV this weekend! Link here!

http://www.sport-team.org/

PSBuckshot

Original Poster:

4,891 posts

45 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Top 10 as follows

1 8 Thierry NEUVILLE - Nicolas GILSOUL BEL
BEL CITROEN DS3 WRC WRC 2:44.7 2:44.7 **:**.*
  • :**.*
2 3 Jari-Matti LATVALA - Miikka ANTTILA FIN
FIN FORD FIESTA RS WRC WRC 2:45.5 2:45.5 +0.8
+0.8

3 37 Dani SORDO Carlos - DEL BARRIO ESP
ESP MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS WRC WRC 2:46.0 2:46.0 +1.3
+0.5

= 4 Petter SOLBERG - Chris PATTERSON NOR
GBR FORD FIESTA RS WRC WRC 2:46.0 2:46.0 +1.3
  • :**.*
= 2 Mikko HIRVONEN - Jarmo LEHTINEN FIN
FIN CITROEN DS3 WRC WRC 2:46.0 2:46.0 +1.3
  • :**.*
6 52 Sebastien CHARDONNET - Thibault DE LA HAYE FRA
FRA CITROEN DS3 WRC WRC 2:46.1 2:46.1 +1.4
+0.1

7 1 Sebastien LOEB - Daniel ELENA FRA
MCO CITROEN DS3 WRC WRC 2:46.3 2:46.3 +1.6
+0.2

8 5 Ott TANAK - Kuldar SIKK EST
EST FORD FIESTA RS WRC WRC 2:47.2 2:47.2 +2.5
+0.9

9 6 Evgeny NOVIKOV - Ilka MINOR RUS
AUT FORD FIESTA RS WRC WRC 2:48.3 2:48.3 +3.6
+1.1

10 12 Chris ATKINSON - Glenn MACNEALL AUS
AUS MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS WRC WRC 2:48.9 2:48.9 +4.2
+0.6

TankRS

2,006 posts

40 months

[news] 
Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
SS5 has run top 10 Overall is -

Pos No Driver Time
1. 1 S. LOEB M 52:59.4

2. 3 J. LATVALA M +13.8

3. 2 M. HIRVONEN M +23.0

4. 4 P. SOLBERG M +29.5

5. 37 D. SORDO +33.6

6. 8 T. NEUVILLE M +36.0

7. 10 M. ØSTBERG M +45.0

8. 5 O. TÄNAK M +1:03.0

9. 6 E. NOVIKOV M +1:11.1

10. 52 S. CHARDONNET +2:08.6


SS6 is underway

Latvala just went 1.4 quicker than Loeb so gap is down to 12.4s . hope he can keep pushing Loeb and not make it an easy round for him to take the title on.
Seb has said he hoped for an easy ride on his home event


  • edit*
stage time table was all to cock so i simplified it

Edited by TankRS on Friday 5th October 14:11

Allyc85

4,956 posts

72 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
So not a huge amount to talk about with Loeb leading by 13.1 now. Would have been closer but JML lost time going wide on one bend, and is losing time on the muddy sections.

In the Academy Evans leads by 1m41! Fisher is sadly out with engine failure.

Emeye

5,383 posts

109 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Allyc85 said:
True! The lighter evenings were a bonus too!

Rally France is live on French TV this weekend! Link here!

http://www.sport-team.org/
Cheers for that. Will give me something to do on Saturday while sat at work doing fug all but waiting for the phone to ring. smile

GravelBen

11,313 posts

116 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Good battle shaping up between Paddon and Breen for SWRC as well. smile

Allyc85

4,956 posts

72 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
Yea great fight between to highly talented youngsters!

Petter Solberg has gone off and is out, taking down a telegraph pole! It really hasnt worked out for Petter this year, it really wouldnt surprise me if Ostberg got his seat for 2013.

Live coverage continues with ss10 in a couple minutes.



Edited by Allyc85 on Saturday 6th October 08:44

TankRS

2,006 posts

40 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
link to solbergs off
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHTgPCUU9E4&sns...

SS12 has been cancelled on spectator safety issues

could be related to this post i've just seen on facebook -
Two injured spectators, broken leg and broken arm after Nasser Al Attiyah's off, let hope it's not as bad as it sounds!

Allyc85

4,956 posts

72 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
Some people are speculating that Petter had a stuck throttle as it is weird how he goes off the road and keeps on plowing on into the pole!

Hope the spectators are not too badly injured.

TankRS

2,006 posts

40 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
his onboard just got posted to FB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed...

you cant even tell he crosses the road from the onboard. and seeing his right leg flat to the floor even as he left the road doesnt look to me like the accelerator was stuck wink
unless it got un stuck in the impact with the pole as he seems to drive off fine after, before realising his steerings kaput!

Allyc85

4,956 posts

72 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
How mad is that onboard!? So lucky nobody was hurt!

The crew have been given a reprimand for a lack of safety awareness, I dont think ive ever heard anybody get one of these!

http://www.crash.net/world+rally/news/184776/1/sol...

Loeb leads Latvala by 29 seconds and will seal his 9th consecutive crown tomorrow.

http://www.crash.net/world+rally/news/184779/1/loe...
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