2019 Rallying Thread (WRC, ERC and all other)!

2019 Rallying Thread (WRC, ERC and all other)!

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chunder27

2,309 posts

153 months

Wednesday 31st July
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OK, thought they normally do a stage Thursday night, tar. Found it now

BlueWheels

789 posts

148 months

Wednesday 31st July
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epom said:
Good news for Rally GB. Both Solbergs enetered smile
And Marcus Gronholm too.

ELUSIVEJIM

6,652 posts

96 months

Thursday 1st August
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Group B past.

This man's collection is insane.

Group B Rally Car Heaven, in a BARN!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjYYfqWz5NQ

df76

Original Poster:

1,960 posts

223 months

Friday 2nd August
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Excellent live WRC coverage from Finland this morning. Great to see Breen back and being competitive.

GravelBen

13,796 posts

175 months

Friday 2nd August
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Breen is going very well, faster than his team mates so far despite much less experience with the Hyundai.

Lappi getting good pace out of the Citroen too.

Still a bit gutted that Paddon isn't there mind you.

Edited by GravelBen on Friday 2nd August 11:09

df76

Original Poster:

1,960 posts

223 months

Saturday 3rd August
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Well, that was fairly predictable! One very upset team boss has made his feelings pretty clear...

Dynion Araf Uchaf

2,246 posts

168 months

Saturday 3rd August
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df76 said:
Well, that was fairly predictable! One very upset team boss has made his feelings pretty clear...
have yo got a link to Makkinen's comments?

Gutted for Meeke, a good run, however I think it proves what I said earlier in the year that up to now he'd been driving at 99% and getting to the finish with ok results. But today he smelled the victory and went at 101%. Latvala hit the same rock and got a puncture and Meeke took the wheel off! I suspect the only difference is that Meeke hit the rock at a fractionally higher speed.

df76

Original Poster:

1,960 posts

223 months

Saturday 3rd August
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Dynion Araf Uchaf said:
df76 said:
Well, that was fairly predictable! One very upset team boss has made his feelings pretty clear...
have yo got a link to Makkinen's comments?
No, he was being interviewed on live tv. Looked furious (a bit red!) and said that the drivers had forgotten their instructions from the team briefing. Wouldn’t fancy being Meeke right now.

GravelBen

13,796 posts

175 months

Saturday 3rd August
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Makinen talked about being disappointed because they had talked before the rally about managing the gaps and not pushing too hard when they don't need to. Then talked about how being a driver himself he understands how you can forget plans when the helmet goes on and get carried away.

ETA: someone has uploaded it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AtWFfba6ZA&fe...

From Meeke's comments the rock wasn't there at recce but spectatrs told him it fell off the bank since this morning, so its a bit unlucky - but they both must have been a bit wide to hit it. Latvala going fastest through the next stage now with half the bodywork missing from that corner or the car! hehe

Edited by GravelBen on Saturday 3rd August 12:55

Allyc85

6,901 posts

131 months

Saturday 3rd August
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Both Meeke and Jml shouldn’t have been that wide, given the positions they were in. Not a good time to be making mistakes with next years lineups to be confirmed. Breen is doing a very solid job and Toyota could do far worse than hiring him.

As Ben has said it’s a shame Paddon isn’t there. Think it would have been a good battle between him and Breen.

chunder27

2,309 posts

153 months

Saturday 3rd August
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Meeke has proved, over and over again that he cannot drive at 100% and keep it on the road all the time.

Very few drivers can. Perhaps right now only Tanak and Ogier, and I personally think Seb drivs within 100% a lot of the time, much like Loeb did.

Petter, always on the limit, Latvala is over it at the time!

It's tough

confucuis

1,067 posts

69 months

Saturday 3rd August
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TBH, I don't think Meeke should have been given another chance. Not after he nearly killed himself and Nagle in that monster Portugal crash.

Delighted for Breen. I really hope he can finish well now and maybe even catch Andreas so he can be the top Hyundai!

Allyc85

6,901 posts

131 months

Sunday 4th August
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Meeke crashed again...

GravelBen

13,796 posts

175 months

Sunday 4th August
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Oh Kris...

chunder27

2,309 posts

153 months

Sunday 4th August
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And we are all surprised? Cmon guys it is his go to move when he wants to go 100%, he is the Sam Lowes of WRC!

RyanTank

2,822 posts

99 months

Friday 16th August
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So to bring this thread up to date a bit more.

Elfyn out again for Germany, real shame as he's proven hes got the pace on tarmac. double shame as it'll really affect his championship position.

Breen confirmed as a Hyundai Works driver for Wales Rally. is also using a i20 R5 in Ireland on his next event. speculating he could have a deal sorted for 2020 and is now bedding in to the car. not that he needed it given the Finland run.

Tideman given a WRCar drive in Turkey

Paddon rumoured to be close to a deal with M-Sport for 2020.

FIA seek to clarify their own homolgation paperwork for current generation cars as 'anomalies' have been found with the Toyota rear wing, but all have stated these anomalies are not in contradiction with the homologation approval and so nothing illegal has happened. Yep were all still confused about it.

Germany next weekend and long range forecast says rain until Saturday, sunny the rest of the weekend. Could make things interesting if stays like that!

ArnageWRC

968 posts

104 months

Friday 23rd August
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Rallye Deutschland anyone?? Oh well, never mind......

Pericoloso

40,351 posts

108 months

Friday 23rd August
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Well Meeke is still running,no incidents yet.

df76

Original Poster:

1,960 posts

223 months

Saturday 24th August
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Good stages today, and tight at the top. Shame that the wheels have fallen off Ford’s season. Evans won’t be back for a while.

GravelBen

13,796 posts

175 months

Saturday 24th August
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df76 said:
Shame that the wheels have fallen off Ford’s season. Evans won’t be back for a while.
While its obviously tough for Evans and nice for Gus to get some experience, it seems a bit odd to me that M-Sport are putting relatively inexperienced pay-drivers in Evans' seat while there are far more experienced drivers like Paddon available who could provide useful feedback for car development as well as a better chance of good results. Maybe they're written off their chances for the season already.

Edited by GravelBen on Saturday 24th August 10:32