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    Quote Originally Posted by Nige View Post
    Whilst I`m not a massive fan of Rallying, I keep clicking this thread just to look at some of the brilliant photos you keep finding and sharing
    Thanks Nige. Rallying has got scenery, in contrast to F1 in general, even if rally cars are based on mundane shopping cars! All the teams and sponsors put these great pics out on their social media feeds, so always nice to see.
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    Throwback Thursday - 19 years ago today, Sébastien Loeb & Daniel Elena started their first ever WRC event, the Catalunya Rally in a Saxo Kit Car.

    To date, they have started 171 WRC rallies, won 78 of them, and also won the WRC title 9 years consecutive from 2004 to 2012


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    Wayback Wednesday. As the teams arrive in Argentina for this weekend's rally, we go back to the 1980 event, this was the first year Argentina ever held a WRC event.

    Carlos Garro & Jorge Del Buono Peugeot 504 Coupé V6

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    I love the coverage of the Argentinian Rally. They really are properly 'mad for it' when it comes to the rally.
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    I'm enjoying the Cumbrian Ogier fest and principally because annoying Neuville has his gas at a peep.

    If Seb Ogier doesn't win I would like to see a result for Kris Meeke or Latvala.

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    Dan Barritt is back in the hot seat this weekend, alongside Elfyn, after suffering concussion from an accident during Rally Mexico, he has been given the all clear. Phil Mills has gone back to his retirement job, working for M-Sport!

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    WRC Rally Argentina highlights tonight (Tue) Channel 5 @ 7pm
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    Quote Originally Posted by autohabit View Post
    WRC Rally Argentina highlights tonight (Tue) Channel 5 @ 7pm
    Cheers again for the heads up
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    Enjoyed that. Those ‘roads’ are mentally tough on car & driver!
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    3 way title race methinks.
    Ogier, Neuville and Tanak.

    Read somewhere they should stick a set of Dmacks back on Evans car.

    He really is underperforming this year.

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    Argentina pics


    Neuville




    Fans!




    Breen




    Meeke enjoying some fine local fayre




    Ogier




    Tanak




    Breen & Meeke doing the tourist thing







    Spectacular stages







    Teenage sensation Kalle Rovanpera was leading WRC2...



    ...until he had a big off!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kp3spVcrLY


    Teammate Pontus Tidemand was happy to take WRC2 honours instead




    Britain's Gus Greensmith was second in WRC2, still only 21 and not many events under his belt, will be interesting to see if he can make a step up to a works team eventually







    Tanak - Flat out and unstoppable, his first win for Toyota





    Final result:

    1. Ott Tanak EST Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing 3hr 43m 28.9s
    2. Thierry Neuville BEL Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +37.7s
    3. Dani Sordo ESP Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +1m 15.7s
    4. Sebastien Ogier FRA M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC 17 +1m 58.6s
    5. Andreas Mikkelsen NOR Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +2m 02.6s
    6. Elfyn Evans GBR M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC 17 +3m 06.3s
    7. Kris Meeke GBR Citroen C3 Abu Dhabi WRC +3m 25.7s
    8. Esapekka Lappi FIN Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing +4m 32.6s
    9. Teemu Suninen FIN M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC 17 +5m 38.6s
    10. Pontus Tidemand SWE Skoda Motorsport Fabia R5 +12m 15.8s
    11. Ole Christian Veiby NOR Skoda Motorsport Fabia R5 +18m 06.1s
    12. Gus Greensmith GBR Ford Fiesta R5 +19m 54.9s


    Championship points:

    1 Sébastien OGIER 100
    2 Thierry NEUVILLE 90
    3 Ott TÄNAK 72
    4 Andreas MIKKELSEN 54
    5 Dani SORDO 45
    6 Kris MEEKE 43
    7 Esapekka LAPPI 40
    8 Jari-Matti LATVALA 31
    9 Elfyn EVANS 26
    10 Craig BREEN 20
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    Throwback Thursday, on the eve of this year's Rally of Portugal, we go back exactly 30 years to 1988, the debut of the Lancia Integrale, this car replaced the rather ordinary looking Delta HF 4x4, the rest is history, the car would dominate the World Rally Championship until Lancia withdrew at the end of 1992.

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    2018 Rally Portugal


    Championship leader Ogier




    But this wasn't going to be the Frenchman's weekend, out of the event, nil points. Even the best make mistakes.




    Paddon led briefly...




    ...until this off




    Rallying remains a masochistic sport!




    Tanak was flying



    As was Meeke




    Evans was finally having a decent run




    Safe spectating for some!




    Another WRC2 win for Tidemand




    Meeke, flat out




    But it all ended in disaster for Meeke after rolling into the trees




    Driver and co driver were lucky to escape unhurt




    Despite Ogier's demise, M-Sport Ford had quite a good rally, Suninen taking his first ever podium




    Evans took second place




    The winner and new championship leader Thierry Neuville





    Final results:

    1. Thierry Neuville BEL Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 3hr 49m 46.6s
    2. Elfyn Evans GBR M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC 17 +40.0s
    3. Teemu Suninen FIN M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC 17 +47.3s
    4. Esapekka Lappi FIN Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing +54.7s
    5. Dani Sordo ESP Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +1m 00.9s
    6. Mads Ostberg NOR Citroen C3 WRC +3m 33.5s
    7. Craig Breen IRE Citroen C3 Abu Dhabi WRC +5m 23.0s
    8. Pontus Tidemand SWE Skoda Motorsport Fabia R5 +14m 10.8s
    9. Lukasz Pieniazek POL Skoda Motorsport Fabia R5 +16m 17.3s
    10. Stephane Lefebvre FRA Citroen C3 R5 +16m 34.3s
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    Breaking news - Meeke has been dropped by Citroen, is this the end of his career?

    https://www.motorsport.com/wrc/news/...s-1041248/?s=1


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    Heck! Bit of a shock but the off was a bloody big one & they were very lucky to climb out unscathed.

    Mads must be made up, he was hoping for a more permanent drive so now has that chance.
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    I can see why they're doing this- after all this time & still crashing.....
    I've thought for some time now he's never going to make it.

    Mads is slow. Will moan about not having a set up/set up right as a smokescreen to his his slowness.
    Oh well 2017 was probably the best year of Wrc for a long time & the foreseeable.
    Citroen will pull out at the end of this year.

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    He's been on borrowed time for a while I agree
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitz711 View Post
    Oh well 2017 was probably the best year of Wrc for a long time & the foreseeable.
    Citroen will pull out at the end of this year.
    One thing that could keep Citroen in WRC next year....

    Citroen plans talks with Ogier about return to WRC squad for 2019
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    Quote Originally Posted by autohabit View Post
    One thing that could keep Citroen in WRC next year....

    Citroen plans talks with Ogier about return to WRC squad for 2019
    That is simply clickbait-that Citroen plan to speak to Ogier. I plan to fly to the moon.
    Mostly David Evans pieces are not worth reading.

    Sorry I'm slightly irritated as today as I went specifically into Husqvarna to buy a new Husky motorcycle baseball cap as I am that disgusted with Citroen and what they have done to Meeke that I am now refusing to wear my previous headwear, my Citroen Racing hat..

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    ^ I personally hope that Ogier stays with M-Sport, but Citroen will have a budget for a driver, and if you were a team manager, who would be top of your list?

    PS - Richard Branson is currently taking bookings for trips into space, not sure about the moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by autohabit View Post
    ^ but Citroen will have a budget for a driver, and if you were a team manager, who would be top of your list?

    PS - Richard Branson is currently taking bookings for trips into space, not sure about the moon
    I'm not so sure about that as that has been one of the underlying complaints about the Citroen WRC team of late (lack of budget).
    Remember last year they went testing in France when everyone else was testing for GB in GB. This can only have been due to budget constraints.
    There is a string of complaints, I believe about their lack of budget last year and it's one of the reasons (likely) that Mads Ostberg will drive some more for them as he is known to bring a budget (& be slow).

    I'll continue to look at the moon for the time being and enjoy this weeks Wrc.

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    Wayback Wednesday. In the good old days, the Italian round of the World Rally Championship was held in mainland Italy, the event was know as the Sanremo Rally. Since 2004, the Rally Italia Sardegna has taken over as Italy's WRC round, run on the island of Sardinia.

    Back in 1978, Markku Alen made his very first appearance on a WRC event at the wheel of a Lancia Stratos, despite being a Fiat / Lancia driver for most of his career, Alen only started 4 WRC events in a Stratos. He won the 1978 Sanremo comfortably.




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    Good news for the WRC:

    Citroen confirm WRC for 2019 & 2020
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    WRC Italy


    Following his exit into the trees in the previous round, Ogier went into the Italian round with a points deficit to Hyundai rival Thierry Neuville




    Citroen had taken a different policy after their fastest driver had also ended up in the trees on the previous round, Meeke had been released from his contract, opening the door for Breen to have a seat in every remaining WRC round for 2018. I am personally with Sébastien Loeb's thoughts, I know Citroen want to win the championship, getting rid of Meeke is not going to do that, but I don't run the team.

    Breen




    Tanak




    Evans had a disastrous start by breaking a steering arm, his only hope was to continue and try for bonus points on the final stage




    Neuville




    Ostberg




    WRC2 winner Kopecky







    A solid result for Citroen, but not a championship winning one




    By the end of the rally, it was turning into a straight fight between the favourites. Neuville vs Ogier







    It ended with one of the closest finishes in WRC history. The smile on Neuville's face tells a story...








    Final results:

    1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai 3h29m18.7s
    2 Sebastien Ogier M-Sport Ford 0.7s
    3 Esapekka Lappi Toyota 1m56.3s
    4 Hayden Paddon Hyundai 2m55.2s
    5 Mads Ostberg Citroen 3m10.9s
    6 Craig Breen Citroen 4m31.7s
    7 Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota 11m22.1s
    8 Jan Kopecky Skoda 13m14.6s
    9 Ott Tanak Toyota 13m18.2s
    10 Teemu Suninen M-Sport Ford 15m30.4s


    Driver Championship points:

    1 Thierry Neuville 149
    2 Sebastien Ogier 122
    3 Ott Tanak 79
    4 Esapekka Lappi 70
    5 Dani Sordo 60
    6 Andreas Mikkelsen 56
    7 Elfyn Evans 46
    8 Kris Meeke 43
    9 Jari-Matti Latvala 37
    10 Craig Breen 34
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    I hope that Neuville and Hyundai can keep this up. It would be nice to have a champion that's not called Sebastien for a change.
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    No news on Meeke finding another seat on the WRC, but he did get a ride on the 2 seater GP bike with Randy Mamola recently.

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