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

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

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Allyc85

6,804 posts

125 months

Sunday 17th February
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I don't want to speak too soon, but the change in environment seems to have done Meeke the world of good. In the other team I have no doubt he would have thrown it off trying too hard. And nothing against Paul Nagle, but the calmer style of Seb Marshal must be helping too.

Great win for Tanak, he has a scary amount of pace he could give away and still win! The other teams have a lot of work to do to catch those Toyotas!

Solid drive by Evans, though thoroughly outpaced by Suninen for most of the event.

Allyc85

6,804 posts

125 months

Tuesday 19th February
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Mikkelsen dropped for Corsica, replaced by Loeb! Rightly so really, he has been poor for so long now.

chunder27

1,618 posts

147 months

Tuesday 19th February
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Yet he kept getting rides.

Odd

Allyc85

6,804 posts

125 months

Tuesday 19th February
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Rich family and a good lawyer? You don’t get a WRC ride at 16 without the former.

Skylinecrazy

13,642 posts

133 months

Tuesday 19th February
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I’d still rather Mikkelson than Paddon or Breen...

Especially as a third driver.
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chunder27

1,618 posts

147 months

Wednesday 20th February
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For me they are all much the same

Every team is searching for the next Ogier.

Tanak went round the houses for years before finally finding that form, as did Neuville. Tanank seemed to find it in the new cars.

Latvala has proven himself to be able, but also very unable to do the job.

Meeke too, has the speed but used to at least not have the ability to drive fast and keep it on the road.

Remember guys like Novikov who was silly fast, even Galli.

Pwig

11,891 posts

209 months

Wednesday 20th February
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Ooooh someone mentioned Gigi Galli so that means I can post this:


chunder27

1,618 posts

147 months

Wednesday 20th February
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The thing is, I think he meant it later on in the move, but not initially!

Allyc85

6,804 posts

125 months

Wednesday 20th February
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I'd call it "Crisis management with style!" laugh

Pericoloso

38,076 posts

102 months

Wednesday 20th February
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My prediction for Marcus Gronholm to do well in Sweden went well......getmecoat

Slippydiff

10,157 posts

162 months

Wednesday 20th February
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Pwig said:
Ooooh someone mentioned Gigi Galli so that means I can post this:

Strange that, I tend to remember him more for this ...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmp_


eek


Slippydiff

10,157 posts

162 months

Wednesday 20th February
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I’m not sure the Hyundai is that good a car to be honest.
As I said previously, Neuville has to drive the doors off it, and he and pretty much all the other Hyundai drivers have at some stage complained of a lack of feel.
I’m quite surprised the Seb Loeb hasn’t had better results in his first two events in the car. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s done amazingly well compared with the likes of Paddon and Sordo (and I’m a Sordo fan) but I expected more, and I wonder if the car is best suited to Neuville and no one else.
I like Mikkeksen, and he looked destined for great things at VW, but he lived in Seb Ogiers shadow, and once VW quit, he and his career appear to have lost momentum.
It’ll be interesting to see if Loeb finds his mojo, and whether this signals the end of Mikkelsens career.

Tanak now looking scarily fast, and as others have said, seemingly with plenty in reserve. Seb Ogier and Neuville will need to up their game ...

Edited by Slippydiff on Wednesday 20th February 23:39

GravelBen

13,629 posts

169 months

Thursday 21st February
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Slippydiff said:
I’m quite surprised the Seb Loeb hasn’t had better results in his first two events in the car. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s done amazingly well compared with the likes of Paddon and Sordo (and I’m a Sordo fan) but I expected more, and I wonder if the car is best suited to Neuville and no one else.
I dunno, looking at Paddon's results last year - he only did 7 rounds (half the seat time of the regular drivers), finished 5 of them in the top 5 and 2 on the podium. Loeb has only done 2 rallies in the car so far with 4th and 7th, so we can't see much of a pattern yet.

I agree that the car struggles on the faster stuff though and drivers have trouble finding confident setups, thats an obvious issue for the team.

Edited by GravelBen on Thursday 21st February 00:15

chunder27

1,618 posts

147 months

Thursday 21st February
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Maybe it's because Loeb is not driving a car that since day one has been designed around him. Just saying.

Pericoloso

38,076 posts

102 months

Wednesday 27th February
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Front page main headline of Motorsport News today.

ROGUE RALLY FANS TO BE HUNTED DOWN.

Fans who wait for the safety crews to pass and then move to a dangerous place.

Yet inside in a little box,small article saying that Rally Mexico has a grand total of 23
crews entered.

Pericoloso

38,076 posts

102 months

Wednesday 27th February
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And Mikkelson benched for Mexico too.

GravelBen

13,629 posts

169 months

Wednesday 27th February
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Pericoloso said:
And Mikkelson benched for Mexico too.
Are you sure? Hyundai motorsport facebook page still says Neuville, Sordo and Mikkelsen for Mexico.

Pericoloso

38,076 posts

102 months

Wednesday 27th February
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GravelBen said:
Pericoloso said:
And Mikkelson benched for Mexico too.
Are you sure? Hyundai motorsport facebook page still says Neuville, Sordo and Mikkelsen for Mexico.
Oops ,fake news ,I didn't check my facts from Motorsport News.

Corsica ,not Mexico.

RyanTank

2,793 posts

93 months

Thursday 28th February
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Pericoloso said:
And Mikkelson benched for Mexico too.
I think had Loeb clearly stated he had no intentions of doing all the long haul rounds then this could quite easily have been a reality. Benching him for Paddon who is as far as I know out of contract with Hyundai would be a big shock to him.
Reading on Autosport that Mikkelsen's contract is pretty water tight in that he had a full championship programme and him being "dropped" is a surprise to many. I don't imagine its all roses as the article says and he really has no option but to carry out the homologation testing scheduled.

Tour of Epynt Sunday the 10th, one of the few events scheduled in for me this year. Should be a good event judging from the entry list Interesting that Damian Cole has returned to the Focus over the FiestaWRC. Unless hes prepping that for a gravel run again.

Allyc85

6,804 posts

125 months

Friday 1st March
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Yeah really looking forward to next Sunday. Looks a good quality entry, though a tad shorter on numbers from what I remember? Hoping to get there early, get the walking boots on and get to some new spots out past four ways.