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DafyddLarcombe

November 21, 2014 2:53 PM
Last Edited 1 day 12 hours ago

WRC » Ott Tanak secures M-Sport Ford WRC drive


I cant help feeling that even though Tanak has not really driven a WRC Car for the last two years (apart from this seasons Sweeden, Portugal and more recently Rally GB) and thus being a little Rusty, He will fare better than Paddon perhaps would or indeed will. Both Paddon and Sordo bring substancial funding with them, yet Hyundai chose Sordo over Paddon for the official 2nd seat at Hyundai. I think Malcolm also had doubts about Paddon being able to make the grade and ended up chosing Tanak. Paddon could still feature as a private entry for either M-Sport or Hyundai N We know that Tanak has the speed though, and like a few others in the WRC he just needs to temper his speed and gain some consistency. Latvala and more recently Meeke have both seemingly managed this and are much more competitive and confident drivers now they have turned that corner

DafyddLarcombe

November 21, 2014 10:54 AM

WRC » Elfyn Evans retains M-Sport Ford seat


I had no doubt in my mind about Elfyn being signed for another season with M-Sport. He has shown Fantastic progress this year and I am sure that just like Meeke we will see him starting to push harder on Rallies next year that he has experience of from previous visits. I would expect at least a few podiums throughout next season not just for Elfyn but also maybe Tanak too. It is good that Elfyn has a Team mate his age and someone that he gets on with really well. I think the two crews will get on great and grow together and share and compare information that they learn in testing. This will help the team get the best results and move the car forward in terms of how competitive the car is against the competition

DafyddLarcombe

November 21, 2014 10:46 AM

WRC » Ott Tanak secures M-Sport Ford WRC drive


Well this is good for M-Sport, now maybe the focus can be more on finding a strong Primary Sponsor for 2015 which would give M-Sport a shot in the arm and enable the Team to strengthen their attack on next year Tanak has not really performed to his potential this year, but hopefully Malcolm can bring out the best in him in 2015. Malcolm has a knack doing that with young drivers who show potential It seems fairly obvious that Citroen will soon confirm Mads for next year as he was one of the potential replacements being considered at M-Sport for Mikko but that is surely not going to happen now I would love to see M-Sport fight for regular podiums next season with both its drivers, I think next year will be a lot more interesting than this year

DafyddLarcombe

November 17, 2014 4:18 PM
Last Edited 2 days ago

WRC » Hirvonen bows out with second in Wales


Yeah for sure Mikko will be really missed 3rd in Spain and 2nd on GB says that he was happy on the last 2 events Maybe he has been struggling with his decision all season and he made his mind up more recently and this is why he has had 2 Cracking consecutive results, this is the Mikko we knew was always in there somewhere At least he retires knowing he still had the old speed. He has had a Brilliant Career, one of few guys able to fight with and Beat Loeb at Full Chat 14 WRC wins is a very good CV when you consider Loeb was winning WORLD TITLES back to back with every win that Mikko achieved, poor Sordo wasn't so Lucky Oh well, at least he can sit his Grand kids on his knee one day and proudly tell them that if it wasn't for a certain Ford Focus Bonnet coming up on the last day of Rally GB in 2009 he would be a World Rally Champion Grandad who beat the Worlds best ever Rally Driver who was in his prime at the time

DafyddLarcombe

November 18, 2014 1:31 PM
Last Edited 2 days ago

WRC » Meeke signs new Citroen deal for WRC 2015


I am a Big fan of Jari Matti but if there is one driver I would like to see win a Rally from start to finish it would be Kris. I was pretty confident that his 1st season would be pretty much as it was. So I am very pleased for him and Paul If I am honest I probably was hoping that he would be a little closer to the battle for the lead on the weekend, but at the end of the day I am sure that Matton gave him a target to achieve before confirming his contract was renewed for next season A Podium was surely going to be suffice in order to bolster Citroens 2nd place in the Title chase and Kris being a clever cookie probably didn't want to risk pushing for anything higher than 3rd and possibly costing his employers 2nd place in the Manufacturers Race So a clever drive on the weekend, ok a small error towards the end of the Rally on a tricky and greasy left hand corner that almost cost him a result but a few points at the end was enough and he now has a nice shiny new contract for 2015

DafyddLarcombe

November 17, 2014 4:01 PM

WRC » Kubica: 50-50 if I stay in WRC


I think he will have this problem in any motorsport They say he cant do F1 with his disability but it seems that he also has issues with WRC, it would seem that his has difficulty especially on hairpins or any situation that requires a quick action from the driver He has shown great speed at times, this was more noticeable on Monte where slow correction of the car is better than sudden sharp movements, this would explain his speed there compared with other Rallies Maybe he will get similar dispensation in other forms of motorsport, either way he seems to be limited and restricted in The WRC. Maybe Malcolm can see how he would progress if it wasn't for his disability and maybe this is why I just don't see why Malcolm predicts such great things from him. Maybe we don't realise how much of a restriction he has and that is fantastic in itself considering he is almost driving one handed in Rallies

DafyddLarcombe

November 17, 2014 4:07 PM

WRC » Tanak hoping Welsh result 'good for future'


I wasn't so sure this was a contract clinching Result, maybe a podium would of been impressive, but seventh after Latvala dropped behind him was not so impressive He could come Good, but then again there are not exactly lots of Good drivers out there who are looking for a seat If I had to chose I would be a tad more inclined to give Tanak a contract that say Paddon I don't think Meeke and Ostberg will be available for much longer and then you have Tidemand or maybe Lappi or someone like this Stephane Leferbve could soon be contracted to drive and test for Citroen long term with a view to a future contract so drivers are seemingly on Teams Radars a lot sooner than the old days. The Ladder of Opportunity is certainly finding the Up and coming drivers of tomorrow

DafyddLarcombe

November 17, 2014 4:22 PM

WRC » Wilson: Hirvonen and Lehtinen will be dearly missed


Yeah for sure Mikko will be really missed 3rd in Spain and 2nd on GB says that he was happy on the last 2 events Maybe he has been struggling with his decision all season and he made his mind up more recently and this is why he has had 2 Cracking consecutive results, this is the Mikko we knew was always in there somewhere At least he retires knowing he still had the old speed. He has had a Brilliant Career, one of few guys able to fight with and Beat Loeb at Full Chat 14 WRC wins is a very good CV when you consider Loeb was winning WORLD TITLES back to back with every win that Mikko achieved, poor Sordo wasn't so Lucky Oh well, at least he can sit his Grand kids on his knee one day and proudly tell them that if it wasn't for a certain Ford Focus Bonnet coming up on the last day of Rally GB in 2009 he would be a World Rally Champion Grandad who beat the Worlds best ever Rally Driver who was in his prime at the time


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