The 2018 Rallying thread..(WRC, ERC, etc)

The 2018 Rallying thread..(WRC, ERC, etc)

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fttm

1,761 posts

79 months

Wednesday 28th November 2018
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Silver Fern 2018 well underway and plenty of action , looks fantastic again .

KillianB4

145 posts

55 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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chunder27 said:
Apparently 75 R5 cars booked in for Monza Rally show!!
That is fairly astonishing
I'd like to get to that at some point, time of year is rubbish for me though with work. Anyone on this thread been I wonder?

GravelBen

13,763 posts

174 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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fttm said:
Silver Fern 2018 well underway and plenty of action , looks fantastic again .
Looks like more UK drivers than locals in it this year hehe

Pretty small field compared to previous years actually, from what I've heard a lot of NZ drivers were put off by the extra cost - the event has been taken over by new organisers and is 8 days instead of the previous 5 or 6.

KillianB4

145 posts

55 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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One of the best rounds of the Irish calendar is on tomorrow, the Killarney Historic or "Baby Lakes". Stellar entry and Craig Breen driving his newly aqquired 6R4 for the first time. The sound of that thing going up Molls Gap will be an event! David Bogie's new MK2 looks stunning also!! Unfortunately I have to work but I might be able to catch SS1 Molls Gap and then drive back up to work if I get creative on the way home. Check out Breen's insta for Metro goodness! Onthepacenote will be providing facebook live coverage/end of stage interviews/timings for anyone interested

GravelBen

13,763 posts

174 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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fttm said:
Silver Fern 2018 well underway and plenty of action , looks fantastic again .
Just seen they are doing the legendary Motu stage on the final day of the rally... thats a bit mean!

"start 30 to a square right DGW, flat off left…twisty for 50km to finish"

Some classic Motu stories here: http://nzrallychamps.co.nz/how-do-you-master-the-m...

article said:
The 1977 Heatway International Rally NZ used the Motu stage starting at Motu heading north to Opotiki. The stage started at 4.44am in the morning and Kiwi co-driver Jim Scott was alongside Finnish rally star Ari Vatanen in the Masport Escort, a drive that would be come part of NZ rallying legend. Jim takes up the story.

“We headed into the Motu stage after passing all 3 Fiats in the stage prior. Once we started its right, left, right, left and after a couple of kilometres Ari says “Jim forget about the notes you will never keep up in here.“ Two corners later and the front of the Escort is hanging over a bank and I’m out pushing. Back on the road and we set off again and Ari replys, “You better get back on those notes Jim.`

Pwig

11,918 posts

214 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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I see Dave Richards and Phil Mills are out on the Eagle Rally on Saturday night.

Be interesting to see them down the lanes!

fttm

1,761 posts

79 months

Sunday 2nd December 2018
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KillianB4 said:
One of the best rounds of the Irish calendar is on tomorrow, the Killarney Historic or "Baby Lakes". Stellar entry and Craig Breen driving his newly aqquired 6R4 for the first time. The sound of that thing going up Molls Gap will be an event! David Bogie's new MK2 looks stunning also!! Unfortunately I have to work but I might be able to catch SS1 Molls Gap and then drive back up to work if I get creative on the way home. Check out Breen's insta for Metro goodness! Onthepacenote will be providing facebook live coverage/end of stage interviews/timings for anyone interested
The in-car of Breen going over Molls Gap is on Youtube now , shame his prop broke later on , but holy fk he shows his talent .

DelicaL400

269 posts

55 months

Sunday 2nd December 2018
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Everyone wetting themselves over Formula E and electric rallycross needs to listen to that in-car video and also the external footage of Breen in Killarney.

KillianB4

145 posts

55 months

Monday 3rd December 2018
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fttm said:
The in-car of Breen going over Molls Gap is on Youtube now , shame his prop broke later on , but holy fk he shows his talent .
There's been many great videos of Molls over the years, but that has rocketed right up there. That incar footage was the highlight of my weekend.

thepawbroon

710 posts

128 months

Monday 3rd December 2018
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The Scottish Government consultation into closed-road motorsport has been launched.

If you are a fan of the Mull Rally and/or Jim Clark Rally, this affects you.

https://consult.gov.scot/transport-scotland/motors...

would echo the words of Dave Richards:

"We urge the motorsport community to respond positively to the consultation and help us realise the possibility of a new generation of closed-road events in Scotland."

If you are a competitor, volunteer, supporter, fan, affected business, etc - please please please take this chance to have your say, and help return our amazing events to the calendar.

chunder27

2,309 posts

152 months

Monday 3rd December 2018
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I simply clicked yes on most of it.

Do not agree with roads being repaired, that should be a part of the event, cautioned, advised in event route notes.

And if repaired, should be paid for by the MSA or local association, not the council, that is how bad PR starts.

Yes, of the issue is potentially dangerous like a huge pothole repair it, but a bridge, slippy surface, area that can be cut. No, there are ways to prevent these things, in pace notes, coning, and signage.

RyanTank

2,820 posts

98 months

Monday 3rd December 2018
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Only watched Craig's short Instagram video in the 6r4 but left me drooling for more, not yet had the chance to catch the rest, disappointed he ended as he did but that's rallying, and better a drive shaft than bending the car!!

Interesting news regarding the Abu Dhabi and Citroen failing to agree terms meaning they drop to a 2 car team at the moment.
Ostberg and Breen are now free agents, Mads released a statement saying he has no deal in place for 2019 after this news, Breen apparently still in talks with M-Sport and Hyundai, interesting on that last one as not sure where Breen would fit in there?

Patiently awaiting the M-Sport drivers/programme announcement

RyanTank

2,820 posts

98 months

Monday 3rd December 2018
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Also perplexed as to where VW & Skoda are both going with their R5 programs? the Polo R5 are close to double figures sales last I was told. Surely they are product sharing and not stand alone?? the Fabia having just had an evolution as well as a new factory?!
Surely it cant be cost effective for the VAG group to have both depts competing together?

chunder27

2,309 posts

152 months

Monday 3rd December 2018
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Why, they are utterly separate companies.

Audi and Porsche are both owned by the same group and competed together for years at LM.

Peugeot and Citroen did the same in WRC in the 2000's.

As did Seat and Skoda who I think even back then were both owned by VW.

It's nothing new

confucuis

1,066 posts

68 months

Monday 3rd December 2018
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RyanTank said:
Also perplexed as to where VW & Skoda are both going with their R5 programs? the Polo R5 are close to double figures sales last I was told. Surely they are product sharing and not stand alone?? the Fabia having just had an evolution as well as a new factory?!
Surely it cant be cost effective for the VAG group to have both depts competing together?
Well in terms of sound they sound exactly the same to me!

Allyc85

6,884 posts

130 months

Monday 3rd December 2018
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WRC TRIBUTE 2018: Maximum Attack, On the Limit, Crashes & Best Moments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADxopyDzEMU

DanielSan

14,282 posts

111 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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RyanTank said:
Only watched Craig's short Instagram video in the 6r4 but left me drooling for more, not yet had the chance to catch the rest, disappointed he ended as he did but that's rallying, and better a drive shaft than bending the car!!

Interesting news regarding the Abu Dhabi and Citroen failing to agree terms meaning they drop to a 2 car team at the moment.
Ostberg and Breen are now free agents, Mads released a statement saying he has no deal in place for 2019 after this news, Breen apparently still in talks with M-Sport and Hyundai, interesting on that last one as not sure where Breen would fit in there?

Patiently awaiting the M-Sport drivers/programme announcement
I'd quite like to see Breen at M Sport.

RyanTank

2,820 posts

98 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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chunder27 said:
Why, they are utterly separate companies.

It's nothing new
Well of course they are.
It just strikes me as odd that VW pulled out of the WRC after the emissions scandal to save costs, mothballed the 2017 car they fully developed, despite rumours it’d run under the Skoda badge (again down to costs to VAG) But moved on to the R5 programme and thus potentially, likely, taking away from its own very successful current R5 programme under the Skoda arm.

The car market and companies were very different in the early 00’s when Pug & Citroen we’re competing together. I couldn’t see a repeat in this current market.

confucuis said:
Well in terms of sound they sound exactly the same to me!
From the few vids I’ve seen I noticed they sounded similar too, the same wheezy wastegate chatter isn’t it? And that the Polo is a much bigger looking car than the Fabia appears, so how does it compare speed and agility wise will be interesting to see.

chunder27

2,309 posts

152 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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VW spent a lot of money on rallycross last two years too, destroying that sport near enough.

Allyc85

6,884 posts

130 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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DanielSan said:
I'd quite like to see Breen at M Sport.
I’d be happy for M-Sport to turn up at all. Not that long till entries for 2019 close now.