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August 15, 2014 12:52 PM
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WRC » Bouffier relishing Hyundai WRC debut

Expect this Guy to be up there somewhere near the front and fighting. He could get 4th by the end of the event if he stays out of trouble, but he will have plenty of competition for that position from the Top 2 finishers from last years event who remarkably are also his team mates at Hyundai this time round. Sordo and Neuville will both be aiming to be the Top Hyundai driver and all 3 of them will be trying to avoid being the worst performing driver in the Team, then you have the 2 VW Main stream drivers who are going to be expecting to win, Meeke and Mads wont want to be any lower than the Top 3 on pace and then finally Mikko could turn up and in the past he has shown podium pace here. Its going to be very hard fought and someone ill have to finish 8th and the such. I think this will be an Ogier Rally though. Especially after being beaten last time out by his faster Team mate who was seemingly unbeatable on home soil


August 15, 2014 12:48 PM

WRC » Ostberg looks to end drought, maintain Citroen run in Germany

As I said at the start of the season I fully expect Kris to be out performing Mads by the second half of the season. I really cant see Mads winning in Germany and while it would be Fantastic to see Kris take his first win next weekend I don't think it is likely given how determined VW are to in at home. Lets be honest the only reason that Citroen have an unbeaten record here that dates all the way back to 2001 is mostly down to one person who dominated even more on the black stuff than he did on the dirt. Given the determination of their rivals I would suggest that a single podium would be a great Result for Citroen and it would be wise of them not to over promise on their expectation or they will have yet more uncomfortable explaining to do to H.Q on Monday


August 07, 2014 12:30 PM

WRC » Hirvonen: I was aiming to fight for a podium

If young Elfyn keeps progressing like he has been, he could find himself posting times faster than poor Mikko by the end of the season. But I would love to see Mikko Re discover his old speed again I think the issue could be his frame of mind, possibly a lack of self belief that he can still set fastest times and win Rallies again. Either way I hope he doesn't continue to decline, I would much rather see him find his form and stick around in the WRC for a few more seasons yet I also feel bad for Malcolm as he is obviously finding it harder to attract a Big Sponsor with the Results that the Team have being getting lately, this allied to the fact that there is not exactly a line of talented Top Flight WRC Drivers looking to sign with M Sport for next year. Malcolm must be feeling pretty boxed into a corner wondering where the light is at the end of the tunnel right about now


August 11, 2014 2:52 PM

WRC » Latvala wins Lahti Historic Rally again

I would imagine that it is quite hard to step into what can only be described as a time machine and do the kind of speeds that Jari Matti was clearly doing flat in Top Gear on those fast Lahti stages everything would be lights years difference, Engine, brakes, gear changes, suspension, Turbo Lag, the whole thing. Cleary he was enjoying himself though, its a shame that Mikko wasn't doing the Rally officially, it would of been good to compare their times, Jari Matti said back in 2012 that he was doing times in his fathers Escort BDG on sections of stage that Rally Finland had used that were similar to the WRC Car where the stages were fast and weaving rather than slow and technical. I would just be interested to see if Mikko could pedal his Escort as fast as Latvala had done and how that compared to Latvalas Audi Quattro


August 08, 2014 1:10 PM

WRC » Meeke: Finland podium more special

I cant see Citroen holding his results over his head to be honest. He still got the drive last year after crashing twice in two straight Rallies This season he has done way better than that and should now show some really solid results But lets be honest here, what other Good options do Citroen or any other team have for that matter ? Very Few ! I would say that the VW Drivers are all staying where they are, so Citroen have the next best Line up. I think Neville would be the only driver of interest and even he has signed a two or three year deal providing he is happy to continue after the 1st season so I think he is unlikely to become available Then you have to wonder if there will be a seat going at M-Sport So there are more Seats than drivers. Meeke is very Valuable indeed !


August 05, 2014 12:47 PM

WRC » Meeke: Finland podium more special

As I mentioned in another post I am extremely pleased for Kris, he showed Good speed and control right from Stage 1. OK, Himos nearly caught him out but there is a chance to get caught out almost every bend in Finland. He was very committed and was looking like a Supreme Rally winner every time I saw him going through a stage Its Unusual that a driver wins Finland before winning any other WRC Rally, Loeb took years to master Finland. But we could easily of had a UK Winner last weekend if Jari Matti had suffered worse with his brakes and Ogier had got a puncture or something Maybe Kris can win on Rally GB. I think he has every Chance, and I am sure that both himself and the Team will target and prepare for a GB Win.


August 08, 2014 1:29 PM

WRC » Meeke: Finland podium more special

There are really only two other drivers who can challenge the Top VW drivers on Pace alone and that is Neuville and his team mate Ostberg The only way Kris could lose his seat at Citroen is firstly if he has a Really bad 2nd half to the season and even then Neuville would need to come knocking looking to take his seat with Citroen for 2015 and beyond, and I don't think that is likely given that he is very much the number 1 driver at Hyundai and is reputed to be getting a very handsome pay packet for his position with them Also Hyundai is a new Team with a Long Term programme and like with Ford, Citroen are starting to sway in the wind so could pull the plug on their WRC programme at any time I think Kris is very much in a strong and secure place with Citroen for now


August 06, 2014 12:16 PM

WRC » Ogier 'happy' with second in Finland

Just a quick point. If Ogier were to go off in Germany and damage the cage and Latvala won both the Rally and the Power stage the Gap for the Title would then only be 16 points. That's how easy it can all come un done. But I am not dreaming about Jari Matti winning the 2014 WRC We have Germany, France and Spain all on Asphalt. Surely with out Ogier winning another WRC event he will easily be Champion once again

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