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

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

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Drumroll

1,521 posts

67 months

Sunday 6th October
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Great Orme Stage cancelled as the sea was too rough to have divers on standby.

fiju

211 posts

10 months

Sunday 6th October
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Visited yesterday for the first time, not sure if it's an experience I'd repeat tbh.

The advance tickets were £42 online for all stages, yet I tried to book on Friday night for Saturday and it wasn't available. We got to Dyfi and found entry on the gate was £35 per stage, and no readmittance.

Secondly, I wasn't expecting the viewing areas to be so limiting. Sure, there was plenty of space, but only one 'car park' and viewing limited to that section of the stage. Many entrances were blocked off as we drove into Dyfi. It's not as if I can walk the stage for miles before it starts to get to where I'd like to be.

Thirdly, it was pretty much over within an hour. The wrc2 cars that follow the 'real' rally cars aren't anything special, then there's the wait of 2 hours or so to see the national cars. Why?

My last point is about communication. For a national event that has been going on for donkeys years, it's terrible the lack of proper info available. There's nothing telling you what the viewing areas are like, or where the best bits of the stages are. And the lack of sign posting for getting to stages is abysmal. I've seen fun fairs with better advertising. Trying to find the final stage at Colwyn Bay was challenging to say the least. By the time we made it there from Myherin it was all over.

In conclusion, it was nice to see a bunch of rally cars fly past, but for the 6 hours it took to get there, it was probably better to stay at home.

jonny142

940 posts

172 months

Sunday 6th October
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Live ARX on at the moment .. It's muddy to say the least smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-h1FC9bQ1M

Allyc85

6,937 posts

133 months

Monday 7th October
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fiju said:
Visited yesterday for the first time, not sure if it's an experience I'd repeat tbh.

The advance tickets were £42 online for all stages, yet I tried to book on Friday night for Saturday and it wasn't available. We got to Dyfi and found entry on the gate was £35 per stage, and no readmittance.

Secondly, I wasn't expecting the viewing areas to be so limiting. Sure, there was plenty of space, but only one 'car park' and viewing limited to that section of the stage. Many entrances were blocked off as we drove into Dyfi. It's not as if I can walk the stage for miles before it starts to get to where I'd like to be.

Thirdly, it was pretty much over within an hour. The wrc2 cars that follow the 'real' rally cars aren't anything special, then there's the wait of 2 hours or so to see the national cars. Why?

My last point is about communication. For a national event that has been going on for donkeys years, it's terrible the lack of proper info available. There's nothing telling you what the viewing areas are like, or where the best bits of the stages are. And the lack of sign posting for getting to stages is abysmal. I've seen fun fairs with better advertising. Trying to find the final stage at Colwyn Bay was challenging to say the least. By the time we made it there from Myherin it was all over.

In conclusion, it was nice to see a bunch of rally cars fly past, but for the 6 hours it took to get there, it was probably better to stay at home.
Quite a lot of nonsense in one post, how much planning did you do in advance? All the descriptions of the viewing areas are in the planner, and the programme.

Car parks like Hafren are sign posted off of the main road near Llanidloes, all the way up to the very entrance....

You can't have everyone using every entrance/track to a stage, some are private property through farms etc. I do think though that given how popular the rally has been, they could do with more parking.

Big Robbo

232 posts

93 months

Monday 14th October
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To be honest, just turning up doesn't work. You have to put a bit of effort in to get there early enough, dress for every type of weather, and don't underestimate just how popular the event actually is! Put a bit more thought into it and you will have a better time

Drumroll

1,521 posts

67 months

Monday 14th October
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Back home from what was yet another fantastic Mull Rally.

Our duties meant we didn't get back from the rally until 03:00 on Saturday Morning and 04:00 on Sunday morning, but as usual we really enjoyed the craic.

Even as a spectator it takes a certain dedication. As there aren't many roads on Mull, you have to plan your spectating, knowing that you won't be able to move for several hours. Added to that the variable weather and you can see why it takes a bit of dedication. Having said that, as a rally fan you really do have to come to this rally. I am pretty sure you'll get the "bug" and make it a regular event.

Next years event takes place from the 9th to the 11th of October.

Pericoloso

40,998 posts

110 months

Monday 14th October
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I went to 2 rallies whilst in Italy again.

Rally Pistoia



It was too dark for pics by the time a Stratos ,2 Integrales and a FIAT131 Abarth passed me.

Rally Due Vallee ,2 valleys ,a round of the Italian rally championship







First run through Stage had been cancelled before the Historics drove through ,low speed ,helmets off.

These pics ,lights on in evening 2nd run through

911 RSs sounded magnificent.




Edited by Pericoloso on Monday 14th October 18:41

Big Robbo

232 posts

93 months

Monday 14th October
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Contemplating doing Ypres rally next year, depending on the cost of going to Le Mans post Brexit.

Anybody ever done Ypres??

Allyc85

6,937 posts

133 months

Monday 14th October
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I did it back in 2011, and I've been meaning to go back since. The marshals can be a bit OTT strict, but it's a great event as the stages are pretty close together, and you can watch the cars coming into service while sat in one of the town centre cafes/bars. For accommodation I camped, the site is about a 10 minute walk into town.

Big Robbo

232 posts

93 months

Tuesday 15th October
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Allyc85 said:
I did it back in 2011, and I've been meaning to go back since. The marshals can be a bit OTT strict, but it's a great event as the stages are pretty close together, and you can watch the cars coming into service while sat in one of the town centre cafes/bars. For accommodation I camped, the site is about a 10 minute walk into town.
Thanks for that, much appreciated

sjabrown

1,326 posts

107 months

Tuesday 15th October
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Just back from an excellent Mull rally. 148 miles of stages in the space of 30 hours with 2/3rds of the mileage in the dark. Proper stuff!

Ranger 6

6,071 posts

196 months

Wednesday 16th October
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Drumroll said:
Back home from what was yet another fantastic Mull Rally.

Our duties meant we didn't get back from the rally until 03:00 on Saturday Morning and 04:00 on Sunday morning, but as usual we really enjoyed the craic.

Even as a spectator it takes a certain dedication. As there aren't many roads on Mull, you have to plan your spectating, knowing that you won't be able to move for several hours. Added to that the variable weather and you can see why it takes a bit of dedication. Having said that, as a rally fan you really do have to come to this rally. I am pretty sure you'll get the "bug" and make it a regular event.

Next years event takes place from the 9th to the 11th of October.
Good to see more Mull supporters on here.

I know what you mean about spectators planning well - if only they could put the same effort into parking their motorhomes in a safer place. Thinking of the top of the hairpins in particular. Gone are the dozens of tents, only to be replaced by more luxurious accommodation.

On a different note it was great to see so many people make the effort to travel. It's a fantastic event with an amazing atmosphere and I'll certainly be back next year.

Good to see you Duncan, if only briefly. We will have to gather together the 'southern' team for a beer one evening.

thepawbroon

718 posts

131 months

Wednesday 16th October
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Phew I think my brain and body have nearly recovered from Mull!

Thanks to Ranger6 and all the other volunteers, I hope the spectators had fun and enjoyed visiting the island. There was a massive positive buzz around the place all weekend.

Great result sjabrown – very pleased for Eddie and yourself.

I think we possibly had the best Mull ever…. We started 150 cars (first time since 2006 I think), only had one on-event incident requiring medical attention (a spectator – didn’t need hospital treatment) and one off-event incident involving competitor. They were hurt and went to hospital but are back home now.

A great battle for the lead for the first two legs, some incredible times in horrible conditions. I had my money on Daniel Harper for the win, but Paul showed his true talent. Some outstanding performances by newcomers too – Jack Hartley, Clive King and Andy Davies to name a few.

The weekend started well – Thursday morning while you were all getting ready, we had the coffee and jaffa cakes out and agreed a 5 year sponsorship extension with Beatson’s Building Supplies – in fact the MD has just been on the phone with his plans for 2020. We had quite a few new people in new roles in the org team, myself included, and it all worked out well (obviously a bit of mild panic in the background now and then). Goodness knows exactly how many people help out, we bought 600 mugs to give out as thank yous and are nearly through them all.

Press coverage here:
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/...

Next for me is a social / spectating outing to the Roger Albert Clark Rally. Looking forward to it, I’ve not been before. Then something (probably marshal) on the Mini Tempest between Christmas and New Year.

Ranger 6

6,071 posts

196 months

Wednesday 16th October
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thepawbroon said:
.....Then something (probably marshal) on the Mini Tempest between Christmas and New Year.
Will be out on that one as well - not sure what we're doing yet.

Pericoloso

40,998 posts

110 months

Wednesday 16th October
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Just checked the website.....no spectators on Mini Tempest....grumpy

thepawbroon

718 posts

131 months

Wednesday 16th October
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Pericoloso said:
Just checked the website.....no spectators on Mini Tempest....grumpy
Never is - MOD land. But I'm sure they would appreciate an offer of marshalling....

Ranger 6

6,071 posts

196 months

Wednesday 16th October
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Yes - if you email davewhyman at hotmail.com he's the chief marshal and I'm sure would be able to find you a decent spot smile

Francy555

206 posts

141 months

Thursday 17th October
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Sad news in the world of Rallying today. Andrew Cowan, former driver and founder of Ralliart UK, Mitsubishi's works rally team partner died yesterday.

Allyc85

6,937 posts

133 months

Friday 25th October
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Interesting day on rally Spain!

Ogier suffers power steering failure on stage 2 and has to wrestle it, while manually changing gear through 3. Then his wife tweets this!!



Loeb leads a Hyundai 1,2,3.

Oh and apparently Tanak has signed for them!

Pericoloso

40,998 posts

110 months

Friday 25th October
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What a stupid Tweet.

I don't suppose he left service with it broken.

Things break on rallies ,shocker !