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Old 03-09-2014, 06:01 PM
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Wrc news ?

i wasnt able to find specific thread for it but really nobody follows WRC at all in here ? yumchacha can you make an official thread for it ?
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thank you buddy !




awesome rally by Ogier, too bad my country man Kubica failed again to finish rally. well im still cheering for him !!

2014 Mexico Rally results

1. OGIER M 4:27:41.8
2. LATVALA M 4:28:54.4 +1:12.6 +1:12.6
3. NEUVILLE M 4:33:10.4 +4:16.0 +5:28.6
4. EVANS M 4:34:31.1 +1:20.7 +6:49.3
5. PROKOP T 4:37:36.2 +3:05.1 +9:54.4
6. GUERRA 4:40:39.4 +3:03.2 +12:57.6
7. ATKINSON M 4:42:57.2 +2:17.8 +15:15.4
8. HIRVONEN M 4:44:48.6 +1:51.4 +17:06.8
9. OSTBERG M 4:53:23.4 +8:34.8 +25:41.6
10. PROTASOV WRC2 4:56:00.0 +2:36.6 +28:18.2
11. SALGADO 5:16:07.9 +20:07.9 +48:26.1
12. CORDERO 5:19:17.1 +3:09.2 +51:35.3
13. BERTELLI WRC2 5:19:43.9 +26.8 +52:02.1
14. RENDINA WRC2 5:19:59.8 +15.9 +52:18.0
15. TANAK WRC2 5:22:19.2 +2:19.4 +54:37.4
16. TRIVIÑO 5:22:43.3 +24.1 +55:01.5
17. LINARI WRC2 5:23:38.8 +55.5 +55:57.0
18. FUCHS WRC2 5:25:27.0 +1:48.2 +57:45.2
19. MIKKELSEN T 5:33:38.6 +8:11.6 +1:05:56.8
20. MARTINEZ 5:45:23.5 +11:44.9 +1:17:41.7
21. BESTARD WRC2 5:52:33.7 +7:10.2 +1:24:51.9
22. ZEA VELASCO 6:11:41.2 +19:07.5 +1:43:59.4
23. ORDUÑA JR. 7:10:53.2 +59:12.0 +2:43:11.4

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WRC 2014 Standings after rally of Mexico

Total points
1. FRA Sebastien Ogier 63
2. FIN Jari-Matti Latvala 60
3. NOR Mads Ostberg 32
4. NOR Andreas Mikkelsen 24
5. GBR Elfyn Evans 20
6. FRA Bryan Bouffier 18
7. FIN Mikko Hirvonen 18
8. GBR Kris Meeke 17
9. BEL Thierry Neuville 15
10. EST Ott Tanak 10
11. CZE Martin Prokop 10
12. MEX Benito Guerra Latapi 8
13. NOR Henning Solberg 6
14. AUS Chris Atkinson 6
15. SVK Jaroslav Melicharek 4
16. SWE Pontus Tidemand 4
17. ITA Matteo Gamba 2 2
18. IRL Craig Breen 2
19. UKR Yuriy Protasov 2
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Awesome. AFAIK, WRC is still not on cable, is it?
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Awesome. AFAIK, WRC is still not on cable, is it?
The sports channel up here (TSN) has it on the air on occasion and I'll watch...but, yeah, I sure wish this and LM races were aired with more regularity.
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Volkswagen quits World Rally Championship

Volkswagen quits World Rally Championship | Top Gear


After four years of domination, VW quits WRC to focus on "future tech"

The dieselgate culls come thick and fast. A week after Audi called time on its hugely successful stint in endurance racing, Volkswagen has ended its stint in world rallying.

A stint which has seen it win 42 of the 51 rallies it entered, leading to both driver and manufacturer titles for the last four years. The latest trophies arrived just a few days ago during the penultimate round of WRC 2016, in Wales. The final round in Australia, later this month, will host VW’s exit from the sport.

“The Volkswagen brand is facing enormous challenges,” said VW board member Frank Welsch, while addressing his company’s motorsport employees. “With the upcoming expansion in electrification of our vehicle range we must focus all our efforts on important future technologies.

“We far exceeded our sporting goals in the WRC, now we are realigning Volkswagen Motorsport and moving the vehicle technology of the future more starkly into focus. At the same time, Volkswagen is going to focus more on customer racing. As well as the Golf GTI TCR on the circuit track and the Beetle GRC in rallycross, we also want to offer customers top products and will develop a new Polo according to R5 regulations.”

So there’s still going to be a VW Polo rally car, just not a factory supported Polo R that will clean up on the world stage. Which given the freer regulations that are yielding wildly styled new WRC entrants, is a bit of a shame. Welsch went on to guarantee the security of employees at Volkswagen Motorsport, whose attention will shift to developing the Polo R5 and supporting VW’s other customer racecars.

Where it leaves the drivers and co-drivers hasn’t been confirmed. But you can bet the employment status of Sebastien Ogier - winner of the last four WRC seasons behind the wheel of a Polo - will be at the forefront of other WRC teams’ minds as they prepare for 2017.

“We regret the departure from the WRC very much – as this was the most successful chapter in the Volkswagen brand’s motorsport history,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.

“The team has done great things. At the same time, our vision is firmly ahead, because we are aware of the great challenges facing the entire company. We want our realignment to contribute to the success of the Volkswagen brand. From now on, the focus is on upcoming technologies in motorsport and on our customer sports range, where we will position ourselves more broadly and attractively.”

Lots of talk of the future, but does it ease the pain of leaving WRC? Do you think VW should have found the cash to continue?
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Not a good time at VW AG at the moment.
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That's a crazy finish.
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Especially since he still kept the win!
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Amazing driving skill or pure luck not hitting any of those parked cars or bikes.
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Watched that off course excursion video the other day. Crazy stuff.
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Rally thread!!

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https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...konen-wrc-test

Toyota World Rally Championship team principal Tommi Makinen is ready to make a Yaris WRC available for Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen to test.

Raikkonen's F1 future is uncertain as Ferrari leans towards replacing him with Charles Leclerc for 2019.

Though Autosport understands from well-placed sources that recent stories linking Raikkonen to a WRC return with Toyota were "completely blown up", Makinen has made clear the door is open for a test.

"He hasn't tested anything now, but why not?" he told Autosport.

"If he wants to drive the car I can let him, no question."

Makinen ran Raikkonen when he contested a selection of Finnish and Italian events ahead of his WRC Rally Finland outing in 2009.

"I know how he is driving. He drives very well, he's not crazy," four-time WRC champion Makinen added.

Raikkonen focused on the WRC during his F1 sabbatical in 2010-11, with a best finish of fifth in Turkey in his first season.

He has previously talked about the potential for a future return to rallying and is understood to be particularly keen to test a new generation World Rally Car.

Current Toyota WRC sporting director Kaj Lindstrom was Raikkonen's co-driver in all his rally outings.

"You know Kimi, when we drove before he said we would do a few rallies in the Fiat..." Lindstrom told Autosport, referring to how the low-key outings in an S2000 Abarth in 2009 preceded a full-time WRC switch.

"He hasn't said anything yet. He might say he wants to do one rally or something and it would be interesting to see him in the car, but nothing has been talked about."

Lindstrom said if Raikkonen "would like to do one rally" with Toyota "it would be easy for him to do that" as "Tommi has said he's an interesting person".

But he warned against expectations getting carried away.

"Tommi knows him well and Kimi knows me well," said Lindstrom.

"But this kind of story has to be really careful. If we say anything then it goes on and suddenly [it is written that] we have Kimi in the car and in the team for the whole season.

"This kind of thing can get a little bit silly."

Five-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier said Raikkonen coming back would be good for rallying.

"If he wants to [come back], then I am sure he can be good," Ogier told Autosport.

"It's just a question of whether he wants to - we know he's not a big worker.

"But a name like Raikkonen is never bad for the sport, that's for sure."

Ogier, Raikkonen's 2010 team-mate at Citroen Junior, warned that he would find the WRC cars have moved on considerably in his absence.

"We remember when he came several years ago, he struggled and now, after being out [of rallying] for some time, it won't be easier - especially now as I feel the level is even higher than when he was there before," Ogier added.
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https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/b...-ford/4311688/

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas will kick off his 2019 season by making his competitive rallying debut in Finland in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta World Rally Car.


Bottas will contest the Arctic Lapland Rally from January 24-26 in a Fiesta similar to the one used by Sebastien Ogier to win the last two WRC titles.

His co-driver will be Timo Rautiainen, who navigated Marcus Gronholm to WRC crowns in 2000 and 2002.

“This is a unique opportunity to take a peek into the world of rallying, and I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible,” said Bottas.

“It’s totally new territory for me too, as I have no prior experience of a World Rally Car. Still, being the race car driver that I am, you always go flat out whatever the vehicle you’re driving in.”

Bottas will continue a long tradition of Finnish F1 drivers contesting the Arctic event.

World champions Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen have all taken part before, as has ex-McLaren and Renault driver Heikki Kovalainen.

Bottas’s entry is being billed as ‘Flying Finn – Mission in Lapland’, as part of a Finnish rally driver development programme by AKK Motorsport.

Rautiainen, whose WRC record alongside Gronholm includes 30 victories and 61 podiums from 144 starts, has remained involved in rallying in recent years in an official capacity.

“This is such an interesting mission that I just had to accept the challenge,” said Rautiainen. “I believe that for a talented wheelman like Valtteri, we’ll be able to establish a good basic driving routine in testing.

“The challenging part of course will be learning the ins and outs of pace note making and learning to drive with pace notes all at once.”

Bottas’s rally debut takes place three weeks before pre-season testing begins for the 2019 F1 season.
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Hmmm, maybe not the best idea considering Kubica...
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True, risk is there, but the other Fins seem to have pulled it off.
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https://www.topgear.com/car-news/mot...hyundai-driver

Nine-time world champ will compete part-time in an i20, starting at Monte Carlo

Sebastien Loeb really doesn’t know how to retire. After leaving top flight rallying in 2012 – following a record-breaking nine consecutive world titles – he’s returning yet again in 2019 with Hyundai.

Loeb made three guest appearances for former employer Citroen in 2018, clinching them a nowadays all-too-rare victory at Rally de España and making the younger pack of championship-chasing drivers look a bit red-faced.

Clearly he fancies a bit more of that, and will contest six races for Hyundai next year. So no, he won’t be adding a tenth world title, but he could yet again stand on podiums that you’d rightly expect to be filled by drivers comfortably his junior.

“Right now, given how the rally panned out, I’d be tempted to say it’s perhaps my greatest win,” Loeb said after that win in Spain back in October. “It was an almighty scrap, right to the bitter end. When I saw I had won on the display at the end of the final stage, it was a truly incredible feeling.”

One the Frenchman’s clearly keen to replicate, signing a two-year contract at Hyundai with six rallies lined up in 2019, with the iconic season opener in Monte Carlo first up. It’ll be the first time we’ve seen Loeb compete in WRC from behind the wheel of something other than a Citroen.

He replaces Kiwi Hayden Paddon in Hyundai’s roster of drivers, which includes Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen as full-time drivers and Dani Sordo on a part-time basis.

“I am delighted to announce that co-driver Daniel Elena and I will compete in six WRC events for Hyundai Motorsport in 2019,” Loeb said.

“Winning at Rally de España re-ignited my desire to continue competing at the very front of WRC. Joining Hyundai will give us a fresh challenge and one that I can’t wait to tackle. I have been impressed with the team’s approach and their determination to succeed.”

Some people just don’t know when to quit…
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Oh yea... I'm stoked he's back for a full season
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https://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsp...oup-b/?slide=1

Perhaps because the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 wasn't ready until 1984, in 1982, Peugeot Talbot Sport homologated the 504 Pickup for Group B.

Peugeot 504 sedans and coupés did participate in various African rallies throughout the late seventies, but with its 2-liter engine, long wheelbase and live rear axle, this global workhorse didn't look promising.

No matter. The Peugeot 504 Pickup got certified for Group B until 1989.


And how about the 1983 Datsun Sunny Pickup with its 1170cc engine?

Somehow, this has also failed to spawn a Kevlar-bodied, mid-engined prototype.

But Nissan gave it a go, just in case.


Last but not least, there was the 1983 Subaru MP-1 Utility, the rally BRAT. Its papers were valid until the end of 1999.

Not much is known about the MP-1, except that next to all those Leone XR Turbos, privateer Ron Shapley entered a non-turbo 1.8 into both the 1985 and 1986 Rally New Zealand, only to leave with a class 4th, and then a 2nd. Despite having AWD, he got beaten by a Lada VFTS.
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But what about the El Camino?
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https://jalopnik.com/the-world-rally...lly-1832332848

Rally is a pretty down-to-earth sport. It’s not pushing the boundaries like Formula One tries to do, and it’s not introducing totally new concepts like Formula E. But FIA President Jean Todt is expressing his frustrations with how slowly technology in the World Rally Championship is progressing.

“I’m completely in favour of taking into account the evolution of motoring for rallying,” Todt told Motorsport.com. He continued:

Clearly it is a big frustration for me not to see that rallying has engaged on at least some hybridization and some new technology.

The reason is, I am told by people who are there to run the business, is that manufacturers don’t want [it]. They don’t want to change the regulation

When I go in motor shows in Frankfurt, Paris, China, Japan, Geneva, I only see new technologies. For me it’s frustrating to see in an FIA world event they don’t want new technologies.
The current five-year homologation cycle in the WRC runs from 2017-2021. That means that, in 2022, regulations can change. FIA rally director Yves Matton has stated that we scan expect the new regulations to come out sometime this year—but whether it’s full electrification or hybridization is yet to be determined.

WRC might be feeling some pressure to up their electrification game in the face of a hell of a lot of new EV tech—including the new series, Extreme E. While Extreme E isn’t a rally in the traditional sense, it’s going to draw on the things that make rallying fun—like challenging off-road courses—while innovating the format in order to create a documentary.

It makes sense that WRC might feel like they need to show that they, too, can successfully experiment with EV technology and prove that they can still create the racing we know and love.
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Rallying budgets are pretty small. The added cost probably won't translate to a ROI in the manufacturer's minds.
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I get the push for more hybrid/electric, but the constructors don't want it, don't force it on what seems a much smaller series (compared to F1, FE, WEC, etc)
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