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

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

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DelicaL400

285 posts

58 months

Tuesday 5th November
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With M-Sport presumably having more income with the Tanak Hyundai deal and sales of the new R5/R2 Fiesta, Mrs Ogier being angry at Citroen and the potential for Citroen to pull out following the PSA/FCA merger I wonder if Seb could be tempted back to Dovenby?

Big Robbo

230 posts

93 months

Tuesday 5th November
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DelicaL400 said:
With M-Sport presumably having more income with the Tanak Hyundai deal and sales of the new R5/R2 Fiesta, Mrs Ogier being angry at Citroen and the potential for Citroen to pull out following the PSA/FCA merger I wonder if Seb could be tempted back to Dovenby?
That would be something special, but Money talks and you're more likely to see him in a Yaris counting the cash.
The championship as a whole NEEDS the top drivers in different cars , contrived maybe but the last 3 seasons have been fantastic from a fan point of view.

Allyc85

6,937 posts

133 months

Friday 8th November
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Anybody off to the Wyedean tomorrow? Not the usual strong entry for the event, but with it now being my closest forestry event (100 mile drive!) I guess it would be rude not to go.

df76

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1,999 posts

225 months

Friday 8th November
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Allyc85 said:
Anybody off to the Wyedean tomorrow? Not the usual strong entry for the event, but with it now being my closest forestry event (100 mile drive!) I guess it would be rude not to go.
Was planning to, and then saw the forecast..

Drumroll

1,521 posts

67 months

Friday 8th November
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Up at the Jim Clark. Have lost the 2 Langtons that were supposed to run today, as the watersplash is to high. I have fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Edited by Drumroll on Friday 8th November 20:41

Gad-Westy

9,609 posts

160 months

Friday 8th November
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Drumroll said:
Up at the Jim Clark. Have lost the 2 Langtons that were supposed to run today, as the watersplash is to high. I fingers crossed for tomorrow.
I found out just after I’d parked up! Managed to dash across and catch the first stage though

Drumroll

1,521 posts

67 months

Saturday 9th November
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Well the 2 Langtons ran today. Although we did loose part of Abbey (stage 4) and part of Fogo (Stage 9) due to incidents.

Well done to the organisers. After the terrible events of 2014 it would have been very easy to just say that's it.

df76

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1,999 posts

225 months

Saturday 9th November
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Ingram / whittock combo is on the verge of winning the erc championship tomorrow. Fingers crossed..

Allyc85

6,937 posts

133 months

Sunday 10th November
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Chris has had a spin and then a puncture so far this morning, but is still in the position he needs for the title. Everyone moaning about the rain/flooded stages, but he was loving it!

Yesterday at the Wyedean was also a wet and dramatic one for us. Stage 1 we watched from an uphill hairpin right, which was taken in a variety of styles and was good entertainment. For the second run we moved to a medium/fast and very muddy left hander, where an Impreza had a big accident, ending up on it's roof. Pretty scary being first on the scene, being down a bank and following crews failing to slow, despite my mate being back down the stage and frantically waving at them to do so!! Once the Ok/SOS board was found we got a Fiesta to stop, and the stage was eventually halted. The crew got themselves out of the car and I've had a message that they have suffered no lasting injuries, the roll cage did an amazing job, saving them from anything worse. Watching the recovery of the car was incredible and quite an eye opener into how these teams work, it really does make you appreciate it more.

Video from the afternoon spot.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1193248720692879362

Dogsey

4,110 posts

177 months

Monday 11th November
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Allyc85 said:
Chris has had a spin and then a puncture so far this morning, but is still in the position he needs for the title. Everyone moaning about the rain/flooded stages, but he was loving it!

Yesterday at the Wyedean was also a wet and dramatic one for us. Stage 1 we watched from an uphill hairpin right, which was taken in a variety of styles and was good entertainment. For the second run we moved to a medium/fast and very muddy left hander, where an Impreza had a big accident, ending up on it's roof. Pretty scary being first on the scene, being down a bank and following crews failing to slow, despite my mate being back down the stage and frantically waving at them to do so!! Once the Ok/SOS board was found we got a Fiesta to stop, and the stage was eventually halted. The crew got themselves out of the car and I've had a message that they have suffered no lasting injuries, the roll cage did an amazing job, saving them from anything worse. Watching the recovery of the car was incredible and quite an eye opener into how these teams work, it really does make you appreciate it more.

Video from the afternoon spot.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1193248720692879362
Glad to hear that both were (reasonably) ok, I was a little further up that stage with one of the marshals and from what we heard over the radio it didn't sound too good.

Allyc85

6,937 posts

133 months

Monday 11th November
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Yeah such a relief to see the door open and both get out. Seemed like an age as things tend to do in that situation.

I see Rally Australia has been reduced to 59 competitive miles, due to the fires in the area. Personally I think they should cancel the whole event so the emergency services can be left to concentrate on what's actually important. Also imagine if a rally car causes another fire!

ArnageWRC

986 posts

106 months

Monday 11th November
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Absolutely! Be proactive and just cancel the event. With serious wild fires, it's not good to be running a motorsport event in the vicinity. Imagine a car going off - and going up in flames. A PR nightmare for the event and sport. Hopefully common sense will prevail.


And hats off to Chris Ingram & Ross Whittock winning the ERC after a dramatic final stage of Rally Hungary. The first Briton since 1967 'Quick' Vic Elford to claim the Title. And he's done it whilst struggling to raise a budget to finish the season. A fabulous achievement!!

DelicaL400

285 posts

58 months

Monday 11th November
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Allyc85 said:
For the second run we moved to a medium/fast and very muddy left hander, where an Impreza had a big accident, ending up on it's roof. Pretty scary being first on the scene, being down a bank and following crews failing to slow, despite my mate being back down the stage and frantically waving at them to do so!!
In case you haven't seen it the crew have posted something on social media tonight thanking all those who assisted.

You're right about the rally rescue and recovery crews. Fortunately not many competitors will get to see them in action but it's good to know there is such a professional team on hand should something go wrong.

Mastodon2

12,899 posts

112 months

Tuesday 12th November
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WRC Australia cancelled, according to reports. Hardly surprising, you can't expect fire and rescue crews to attend a rally when bush fires are running out of control.

fttm

1,827 posts

82 months

Tuesday 12th November
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Good , no point in making a bad situation worse . Trekking all the way down there for 59 stage miles was crazy , doubt the rally would be welcomed well either .

Mastodon2

12,899 posts

112 months

Tuesday 12th November
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Officially confirmed now. Congratulations to Hyundai on their first manufacturer's title, which I think they would have bagged even if the final event had gone ahead in full.

With Tänak at the helm next year I think they could be on the verge of their first driver's title too, if he maintains his pace and gets to grips with the car. I'd still love to see Loeb take another title, what a dream that would be.

I hope Citroën can iron out the issues with their car. From reports I've read, they've got an aero overhaul in the works but they've been waiting to release it. To have three cars contending for wins at every event would be virtually unprecedented in the 21st century.

Big Robbo

230 posts

93 months

Tuesday 12th November
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It's been confirmed that Rally Australia has been cancelled. So that means that Hyundai are now manufacturers champions

thebigmacmoomin

2,275 posts

116 months

Tuesday 12th November
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Mastodon2 said:
With Tänak at the helm next year I think they could be on the verge of their first driver's title too, if he maintains his pace and gets to grips with the car. I'd still love to see Loeb take another title, what a dream that would be.
I thought that Seb Loeb isnt competing in a full season as he car shares with Dani Sordo.

E34-3.2

951 posts

26 months

Tuesday 12th November
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Not sure yet but we could see the arrival of the new WRC2 WC into the WRC. Another Frenchman, luckily this one is not call Seb! Citroen seat or Toyota?

Mastodon2

12,899 posts

112 months

Tuesday 12th November
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thebigmacmoomin said:
I thought that Seb Loeb isnt competing in a full season as he car shares with Dani Sordo.
Oh damn, my dreams crushed before they even started.