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    WRC 2018 Photos and discussion

    The 2018 World Rally Championship will be run over 13 rounds again in 2018. The Rally of Poland has been removed from the line up, due to spectator safety concerns raised by the governing body, it has been replaced by the Rally of Turkey, which will be based in the coastal resort town of Marmaris, with the proposed route running along the Mediterranean coastline.

    Additionally, Rally GB and Catalunya have swapped places on the schedule.


    2018 FIA World Rally Championship Calendar

    1. Rally Monte Carlo – January 28
    2. Rally Sweden – February 18
    3. Rally Mexico – March 11
    4. Tour de Corse – April 8
    5. Rally Argentina – April 29
    6. Rally de Portugal – May 20
    7. Rally Italia – June 10
    8. Rally Finland – July 29
    9. Rally Germany – August 19
    10. Rally Turkey – September 16
    11. Rally Great Britain – October 7
    12. Rally Spain (Catalunya) – October 28
    13. Rally Australia – November 18


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    Sebastien Loeb will return to the WRC in 2018

    He will drive for Citroen on three rounds of the championship - Mexico, Corsica and Spain.

    The question is, will he still be competitive? As Marcus Grönholm recently commented, Sebastien likes to win, but it may not be so easy now,

    Loeb will be 44 when he takes the start ramp in Mexico.





    The 9 times WRC Champion, will face the current (and 5 times) WRC Champion, Sebastien Ogier.

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    17-year-old Kalle Rovanperä has signed to drive for Skoda in the WRC2 class for 2018. He won the category on the recent Rally Australia, not bad, considering he only passed his driving test a few weeks ago!

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    No sooner than the silverware is collected, it's time to start again









    A bit of pre season testing. Not long now.

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    WHAT is Hamilton wearing
    Perhaps we should ask his nephew for a comment!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave B View Post
    WHAT is Hamilton wearing
    Liberace's jacket and Cher's leather pants!
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    Red Bull have increased to two cars for 2018







    Ogier & Ingrassia




    Evans & Barritt

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    Neuville was out for a pre Monte test with Hyundai last week, is 2018 going to be his year?




    Not a good start...
















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    .... in his frustration, Neuville has switched cars and will use a Corsa!!



    OK, maybe not strictly true, but he will participate in the Legend Boucles à Bastogne (Boucles de Spa) the first week of February with this Opel Corsa A



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    Throwback Thursday. 15 years ago, Citroen signed the super team of McRae & Sainz, with a young upstart called Loeb thrown in to support and learn. However, the Frenchman led a 1-2-3 finish in Monaco, the rest is history.

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    Toady was shakedown day:


    For this event, M-Sport's 3rd car will be driven by Bryan Bouffier




    Evans & Barritt




    Fastest was Neuville in the Hyundai




    Shakedown stage results:

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    The good old boys - 8 WRC titles between them, Juha Kankkunen & Tommi Mäkinen taking the latest machinery for a spin

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    So, the new season is under way.


    Ogier on his local rally, was straight on the pace




    Tanak was quickest of the Toyotas, on his first rally for the team




    Neuville was hoping for better luck, he had won more rallies than any other driver in 2017, but lost out on the title




    Stage 3 and Nueville's luck struck again




    Evans lost 4 minutes with a puncture early on, this is what's known as a cut!




    Ford no.3 was Frenchman Bouffier




    Meeke




    Toyota lighting

    Last edited by autohabit; 31-01-2018 at 05:10 PM.
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    Road opening duties were partly in the hands of Carlos Sainz Jnr






    As usual, Monte Carlo was all about the tyres






    Who says rallying's not popular nowadays







    Hyundai service







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    I don't know what Malcolm Wilson pays Ogier, but he certainly has a habit of delivering the goods




    5 Monte wins on the bounce!





    Final result:

    1 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 4h18m55.5s
    2 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 58.3s
    3 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 1m52.0s
    4 Kris Meeke, P.Nagle Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 4m43.1s
    5 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 4m53.8s
    6 Elfyn Evans, D.Barritt M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 4m54.8s
    7 Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 4m57.5s
    8 Bryan Bouffier, X.Panseri M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 7m39.5s
    9 Craig Breen, S.Martin Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 9m06.7s
    10 Jan Kopecky, P.Dresler Skoda Motorsport II Skoda 16m43.0s
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    Fantastic result for Seb and M-Sport and most championship contenders finished strongly.

    I did smile at Neuville and Hyundai. They are starting to irritate me as they roll out the excuses.

    However they're not panicking (yet)

    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...r-tough-opener

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    I watched the highlights on Ch5 last night, new cars look ace and the weather made for a proper Monty.
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    Wayback Wednesday

    Miki Biasion taking Monte glory 31 years ago

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    Wayback Wednesday - On the eve of this year's Swedish Rally (Sorry, Rally Sweden!), we turn the clock back to 1991 and Kenneth Eriksson taking a popular home win, it is now over 20 years since a Swede won on home soil

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    Round 2 - Sweden

    Plenty of snow this year










    Surprise 2nd place finish for Breen




    Another big surprise was WRC2 winner Takamoto Katsuta, the Japanese driver beat off the factory Skodas. He is part of Tommi Makinen's quest to find a Japanese rally star









    Neuville having a close call at Colin's Crest




    Ford had a rally to forget, Ogier fell foul of being snow plough and first car on the road




    Evans hit an object early on and puctured




    No.3 Ford of Suninen was highest placed of the three







    Neuvile made the most of things to take the win and the championship lead




    Final positions:

    1 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai 2h52m13.1s
    2 Craig Breen, S.Martin Citroen 19.8s
    3 Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai 28.3s
    4 Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm Toyota 45.8s
    5 Hayden Paddon, S.Marshall Hyundai 54.4s
    6 Mads Ostberg, T.Eriksen Citroen 1m15.3s
    7 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota 2m04.9s
    8 Teemu Suninen, M.Markkula M-Sport Ford 2m52.2s
    9 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota 3m44.4s
    10 Elfyn Evans, D.Barritt M-Sport Ford 5m27.4s
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    The old man is back this weekend in Mexico, can Loeb still cut it?

    These two have won the WRC drivers title for the last 14 years!

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    You've got to feel sorry for Sordo as he is in the autumn of his career.
    His formative years were spent as number two to Sebastian Loeb in an era where Loeb won an unprecedented 9 championships on the bounce then retired at the end of 2012.
    Sordo has only ever won a Rally Germany but here in Mexico with a good start position and a bit part season sharing with Hayden Paddon he is leading in Mexico.
    Except said chap Loeb has accepted an offer to drive one of the new generation WRC's for a bit 'fun' and after one of the early stages announced with respect to his ability 'it's coming' then won a stage.

    Well I'm going to say it's arrived and he lies in second overnight a few seconds back from Sordo.

    Sordo knows this all too well-"Loeb is coming fast now, f***ing hell."

    It's all hilarious and unprecendented.
    Loeb is a legend.

    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...or-mexico-lead
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    Are the Mexico highlights on TV at all? I couldn't find them in my TV guide in their usual spot on C5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel View Post
    Are the Mexico highlights on TV at all? I couldn't find them in my TV guide in their usual spot on C5.
    Wednesday - Channel 5 at 7pm
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    Quote Originally Posted by autohabit View Post
    Wednesday - Channel 5 at 7pm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Langeveld View Post
    Craig Breen was on DN18
    Sweet, what was he driving?
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    Red Bulls online coverage is pretty good...

    https://www.redbull.tv/event/AP-1TQT...mpionship-2018
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    Mexico 2018 - The return of the old master


    Loeb was almost on the pace straight away




    It was another old stager who initially took the lead, Dani Sordo is on a limited WRC schedule for 2018




    Neuville




    Lappi




    Citroen team exchange notes




    Suninen was again out in the third M-Sport Ford




    Mikkelsen




    Meeke was unhappy with his own performance




    Loeb took the lead, a sensational return, although helped slightly by his later starting position on the road, unfortunately it was short lived, he had a puncture, losing over 2 minutes, the dream return was over





    Toyota were having a miserable weekend, Mexico is always high on attrition.

    Tanak




    There are always winners when the attrition rate is so high, Gus Greensmith from England took a brilliant 9th position overall in this M-Sport WRC2 car




    Sordo was still on it!




    But the current master Ogier was judging things to perfection, taking another win





    Final result:


    1. Sebastien Ogier FRA M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC 17 3hr 25m 03.1s

    2. Dani Sordo ESP Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +1m 13.6s

    3. Kris Meeke GBR Citroen C3 Abu Dhabi WRC +1m 29.2s

    4. Andreas Mikkelsen NOR Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +1m 48.4s

    5. Sebastien Loeb FRA Citroen C3 Abu Dhabi WRC +2m 34.6s

    6. Thierry Neuville BEL Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +9m 13.0s

    7. Pontus Tidemand SWE Skoda Fabia R5 +10m 34.7s

    8. Jari-Matti Latvala FIN Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing +15m 47.1s

    9. Gus Greensmith GBR Ford Fiesta R5 +17m 19.3s

    10. Pedro Heller CHI Ford Fiesta R5 +24m 28.1s
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    The most fantastic rally but only for 1.5 days.
    Loeb's performance was sensational & to announce on the first morning with regard to his performance 'it's coming' then to start taking fastest stage times by the end of the first day was sensational.
    Suggestion is that he probably should have drove on with the puncture as tyres are so much better now than they were when he retired six years ago.

    Fantastic to see Seb win with a turn of speed that bodes well for the season ahead.

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    Enjoyed watching the highlights last night & Loeb, Wow! He admitted he should have carried on on the puncture. Meek was kicking himself for an on/off performance.
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    Citroen would like Loeb to increase his number of events with the team, but this is unlikely, he's doing these rallies for fun!
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    Malcolm Wilson has said a fully electric Ford Fiesta will be able to participate (and win!) In a one-day rally.

    Work on the project began at the start of the season. It is assumed that the first car will be released at the end of 2018. The electric car is destined for the UK domestic market, but Wilson is convinced that after the current homologation cycle, alternative technologies will certainly find application in the World Rally Championship.




    Wilson said - I do not intend to disclose technical details - I simply can not do this, because we cooperate with other companies that share our vision and signed a non-disclosure agreement. But it will be enough to say that we are working on this, and if everything works out, if we make progress, then we can hope for tests already this year.

    Look at modern electric vehicles: they are able to travel 500-600 km without recharging. A BTRDA or another rally of this level - it's 50-70 km of special stages and short road sections
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    Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul have completed final testing ahead of next week's Tour de Corse....

    ....both crew members ok.





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    Throwback Thursday - Turning the clock back exactly 30 years, Didier Auriol won in Corsica, giving the Sierra Cosworth its one and only WRC victory. Auriol came very close to running a latest spec Fiesta WRC on this year's Tour de Corse, but the budget was not quite met, denying us of all three French WRC champions on the same rally.


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    Another ex World Champion will be back for the Tour de Corse. Phil Mills, who won the WRC title as co driver to Petter Solberg in 2003, has been drafted into the M-Sport Ford team to sit next to Elfyn Evans, usual co driver Dan Barritt is still suffering the after effects of the accident that put them out of the last round in Mexico.

    Mills, 54 has been out of the WRC hot seat since 2010, lets hope he's kept his fitness level up to scratch

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    Throwback Thursday - The 1982 Tour de Corse, by finishing 2nd overall, Jean-Claude Andruet gave Ferrari its first, and to date, only WRC podium finish.


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    WRC Tour de Corse highlights tonight (Wed) Channel 5 @ 7pm
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    Quote Originally Posted by autohabit View Post
    WRC Tour de Corse highlights tonight (Wed) Channel 5 @ 7pm
    Cheers for the heads up, record set up via phone just now
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    Corsica 2018 - The (2nd) return of Loeb...





    ...It didn't last long, despite being second fastest in the first stage, he made a small error of stage 2





    It turned out to be one of those ditches that are impossible to get out of







    It was game over, Loeb would be allowed to restart the following day, but with a huge time penalty



    Meanwhile, business as usual, Ogier had built up a lead of over 30 seconds by the end of stage 3








    Neuville was in second, but admitted he was unable to match Ogier




    Meeke doing a cut




    Tanak





    Things didn't go so well for teammate Latvala




    Loeb, back out entertaining the French crowds




    Evans was with his new co driver Phil Mills. No time to enjoy the view!




    Bryan Bouffier in the no.3 Ford




    Lappi




    This is what a Michelin Man really looks like!




    Ogier, with French Clutter




    Meeke had made his way up to second. (I must take a holiday in Corsica sometime)




    It ended badly for Meeke, when co driver Paul Nagle called a pacenote wrongly

    That moment when it's all about to go wrong:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDSaTcOpS5c



    WRC2 winner Jan Kopecky




    Second in WRC2 was the all new Citroen C5 driven by Yoann Bonato




    No sign of a return to servicing from the back of a van in a lay-by then!








    Ogier is still the man to beat





    Final result:

    1 Sebastien Ogier M-Sport Ford 3h26m52.7s
    2 Ott Tanak Toyota 36.1s
    3 Thierry Neuville Hyundai 1m07.5s
    4 Dani Sordo Hyundai 2m02.6s
    5 Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford 2m06.1s
    6 Esapekka Lappi Toyota 2m33.5s
    7 Andreas Mikkelsen Hyundai 2m43.4s
    8 Jan Kopecky Skoda 10m34.8s (WRC2)
    9 Kris Meeke Citroen 10m40.5s
    10 Yoann Bonato Citroen 12m26.0s (WRC2)
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    Meek was bloody lucky that wasn’t a bigger drop. Made me wince as he went straight on! The roads were mental with no let up for the drivers. Enjoyed watching the highlights
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    & I believe on Saturday morning Loeb came out and did the first two fastest stages....

    & second fastest on the power stage.
    Seb Loeb is a legend and I'm happy to say I've seen him drive a few times over the years.

    Also as important is the way Seb Ogier is commanding the fiesta now. I hope we are going to enter another period of dominance but this time for my beloved Cumbria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitz711 View Post
    & I believe on Saturday morning Loeb came out and did the first two fastest stages....

    & second fastest on the power stage.
    Seb Loeb is a legend and I'm happy to say I've seen him drive a few times over the years.

    Also as important is the way Seb Ogier is commanding the fiesta now. I hope we are going to enter another period of dominance but this time for my beloved Cumbria.
    Ogier is so quick out of the box, he was only fastest on the first 3 stages, then paced it from there.

    You can view the stage winners here:

    http://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/results/fr...00-236---.html



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    Yes, but the bigger picture was that Loeb started Friday 11th on the road (most disadvantageous) and was 2nd to Ogier (cleanest road position starting 1st) by only 11secs.....

    It would have been a fascinating battle were it not for the spectators who pushed the C3 the wrong way and into the ditch.

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    Ken Block will return to the WRC in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta at the Catalunya Rally in October. Block, now 50, hasn't done any rallying since 2015, will run under his own Hoonigan Racing Division banner. He has previously scored 6 top ten finishes in the WRC, but this is really just a bit of fun and publicity.

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    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

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