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DafyddLarcombe

November 11, 2013 4:27 PM

WRC » Toyota announces TMG GT86 CS-R3 rally car


This is Great news, a car that can be driven in a spectacular fasion by drivers with Flair ! Toyota seem to be gingerly coming back to Rallying though, I would prefer if they came back with a Full WRC car in 2015 and created thier ladder after, better to know where your heading and have to figure out how you are going to get there than starting on the bottom step of a 1 step ladder that goes no where

DafyddLarcombe

November 07, 2013 3:45 PM
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WRC » M-Sport looks to future after Neuville exit


Well the fact that VW walked out of the talks says that there are real issues with the promotional side of the WRC RedBull who also sponsor VW hold the rights to promote the Sport and yet havnt done anything in the UK to promote the sport over here where Rallying is home to M-Sport and Prodrive Redbull being the Main Sponsor for the VW Team who have just won both the drivers and Manufacturers titles in the first year back in the Sport could cause problems with the relationship between VW and RedBull if it doesnt pull its socks up. Its sad after VW and Hyundai have spent Millions on creating a new Team and new cars to enter the sport. I would guess VW are very dissapointed with their sponsor, imagine whats going on behind the scenes with them both !

DafyddLarcombe

November 06, 2013 4:15 PM

WRC » M-Sport looks to future after Neuville exit


Yes certainly Ott Tanak could be a consideration for Malcolm, i think he showed more potential than Mads and Evgeny, although with Evgeny he has always had the speed but is prone to big crahes when let off the Leash He is under Malcolms control at the moment but the Russian also has the financial backing for now, I think the issue with Tanak is the lack of funding, he had the promise but you have to appreciate that Malcolm is running a Business first and a Team second. There are lots of talented drivers out there, Essapeka Lappi is a Star in the making but who knows if he will make it into the WRC, Hanninen didnt or hasnt so far. I think given the choices Malcolm could do worse than Mikko and Meeke (on a Leash) lol

DafyddLarcombe

November 06, 2013 4:06 PM

WRC » Hyundai confirms Neuville


There is always a risk in signing for a new Team where the car is yet to be proven, but Ogier had the confidence in VW and ironically declined an offer from M-Sport and has been rewarded with a car that wins out of the box However, Hi and dry is a very different animal to VW, I was a little surprised by the signing, if the car isnt competitive Thierry could soon come to regret his decision The Fiesta is good enough to win and M-Sport will carry on with its development so he had no worries there,he had a reasonable chance to fight for the Title in 2014 if he stayed on, but now he could indeed risk going backwards like when Mcrae left Ford to join Citroen in 2003

DafyddLarcombe

November 05, 2013 2:22 PM

WRC » M-Sport looks to future after Neuville exit


Well, this throws my theory right out of the window. As speculated last week Neuville is the key to all the drivers tranfer market. Maybe M-Sport should try and sign Mikko and Meeke so Malcolm can help Meeke, i really do think that guy has something special Dont forget Neuville crashed a lot at Citroen but had the speed before Malcom got hold of him and straightened him out. Malcolm has what it takes to bring drivers on, Drivers with promise go to M Sport and Malcolm moulds them into stars of the future, on the other Hand drivers go to Citroen and its sink or swim, quite the opposite. Maybe if M Sport sign Meeke and Mikko then that will force Citroen to sign Sordo and Cubica, not wishing to offend the two latter drivers but that would be by far the weakest drivers team in 2014 and could spell the end for Citroen, there is that much on the line with driver decisions.

DafyddLarcombe

November 05, 2013 1:59 PM

WRC » M-Sport looks to future after Neuville exit


For General : He could and he did win at Ford actually Malcolm obviously knows why Mikko has had a rough time at Citroen and he obviously knows and feels that Mikko can return to winning ways again with M Sport I will be honest with you general, I find it offensive that you refer to Hirvonnen as a waste, this guy has beaten Loeb fair and square on Rally Finland in the past, a Rally that takes something really special to win, Mikko has also won on Rally GB, both while at Ford Yes he hasnt had a good run at Citroen but i think he is M Sport bound again, and to be honest, Malcolm needs him back now Neuville has announced his departure. This is a really crucial time for Driver selection for both M Sport and Citroen

DafyddLarcombe

November 04, 2013 1:40 PM

WRC » Hyundai completes 15 days of testing with i20 WRC in October


I really hope Hyundai dont sign Neuville, I know they need him or they will not have the impact like VW have done But M-Sport need him more, especially if Hyundai are chasing both Neuville and Ostberg together, Its all right up in the Air right now, I have a feelng that maybe Ostberg will go to Citroen and Mikko will come back to M-Sport, Malcolm almost thinks of Mikko like a son.They were very close. M-Sport would be a Title contender with Neuville and Mikko. Maybe Citroen will go with Ostberg and Sordo Who knows who Hyundai will go with, I was thinking Ostberg and Solberg, but I think Ostberg is pushing for the Citroen seat, Maybe Meeke will sign with Hyundai, even Meeke and Solberg would be ok for the Maiden season. Its all possible

DafyddLarcombe

November 04, 2013 1:23 PM

WRC » Kubica undecided on future plans


Going back to the Kubica thing it is going to be really interesting to see how he goes on GB compared with Paddon in Spain. I realise Paddon didnt test on Gravel (The more important surface to test on) but i think the Gap between RRC to WRC is less than S2000 to WRC so he shouldnt find it too different S2000 to WRC is huge as the power is all different especially the deliery of power and therefor the grip and the driving technique is all totally different and new I am not sticking up for Paddon but Kubica should find it a lot easier to perform in a WRC car coming from an RRC Car and will probably have a Gravel test too, I still cant see him getting any higher than 6th or 7th though, unless the attrition rate is really high


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