Pic Of The Week: Latvala cleared for takeoff


Comment threads that stem from most of our rally stories these days often result in a plethora of disappointed or irate posts about the demise of WRC and the paucity of the associated television coverage. And not without reason. But let’s put such concerns aside just for a second and be thankful for the fact that it does, at least, still exist – and in doing so, it gives us such spectacular images as this one.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll recognise it from our WRC report at the start of the week. Can you blame us for posting it for a second time, though? Even the most hardened of modern WRC sceptics can still enjoy the sight of Jari-Matti Latvala’s Polo R WRC getting quite considerably airborne here, with a good couple of metres of clear air between him and the deck at least. Latvala's team-mate Ogier went on to take overall victory at Rally Mexico, giving him a 74-point tally in the driver’s championship and leaving him way out ahead of his nearest championship rival, Mikko Hirvonen.

OK, so modern rallying might not be as gripping as it once was, and British TV coverage has dwindled to a point where it’s virtually non-existent – but this picture does at least show there’s still some spectacle left in the WRC!

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  • USA64 16 Mar 2013

    GravelMachineGun said:
    chrisgtx said:
    The people who complain the cars look crap or are too slow have probably never seen them in the flesh.
    They look good, sound good (loud) and they are as fast as a scalded cat,really.
    This. Even though WRC 'is in danger' when you watch it for yourself and Loeb comes past you peppering you in gravel at 70mph it really is something else. WRC is a magical sport and it just needs a bit of help with promotion.
    A problem with many motorsports I think. I don't know the rules, don't know anyone who does, and the magazines assume you do.

  • GravelMachineGun 15 Mar 2013

    chrisgtx said:
    The people who complain the cars look crap or are too slow have probably never seen them in the flesh.
    They look good, sound good (loud) and they are as fast as a scalded cat,really.
    This. Even though WRC 'is in danger' when you watch it for yourself and Loeb comes past you peppering you in gravel at 70mph it really is something else. WRC is a magical sport and it just needs a bit of help with promotion.

  • chrisgtx 15 Mar 2013

    The people who complain the cars look crap or are too slow have probably never seen them in the flesh.
    They look good, sound good (loud) and they are as fast as a scalded cat,really.
    The ITV 4 coverage was OK and they did manage to capture the speed on certain parts of the stage.

  • roshambow 15 Mar 2013

    i agree that the cars are one of the reasonbs that wrc isnt that popular but lets not forget why group b was banned in the first place,i personally think its because we dont have people like colin mcrae to watch any more,no one has his flat out for the win or broke approach that is why ken block was in the wrc as it was hoped it would up the sports popularity but no one predicted how useless he would be

  • Twincam16 15 Mar 2013

    Baryonyx said:
    Twincam16 said:
    IMO they should have based it on the Audi A1. Not only do you have the cache of all those Quattro associations, but the A1 Quattro is closer in spirit to a WRC car than the Polo R. And at the end of the day, all the money goes to the VW Group regardless so what difference does it make?[/pic]
    Brand positioning, for one thing. Now that Audi are supposed to be a premium brand, WRC doesn't really fit in with that image. Similarly, VW get an opportunity to boost the credibility of their hot hatches, which have undoubtedly taken some flak over the years for being boring.

    The point about the A1 Quattro being closer to the spirit of a WRC car is moot, saying as the WRC cars are silhouettes that really have nothing to do with the road cars. Though if Ford promised a Fiesta WRC road car with a good engine and a light permanent AWD system I would be all over it.
    Brand this, image that.

    And I remember when car firms were all about engineering. There's a reason why the best Audis are 4WD.

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