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DafyddLarcombe

February 19, 2015 10:19 AM

WRC » Abbring exceeds expectations on WRC car debut


Well, as I said before this guy is a very talented youngster and I am only surprised that it has taken this long for a Manufacturer to pick him up and stick him behind the wheel of a WR Car I think he did really well for a Debut WRC drive on such a difficult and specialised WRC event like Sweden. He didn't bin it and he set some reasonable times beating Henning Solberg on several stages and Henning has more experience than most in Sweden He would of been the perfect young driver for Toyota to use to develop the new Toyota WRC and at the same time develop him as a driver for a Full WRC programme starting in 2017. I hope this guy raises a few eye brows as the season rolls on

DafyddLarcombe

February 16, 2015 1:35 PM
Last Edited 69 days ago

WRC » Latvala defiant, makes set-up breakthrough


Well, all is not lost it would seem..... While Latvala will nail it on every Rally from here on in, maybe Ogier will tend to play a little safe now he once again has a comfortable cushion and perhaps not risk everything trying to stop Latvala from winning Latvala seems to be both Confident with his new discovery and determined that he can win Rallies and maybe catch up with Ogier. At the end of the day it only requires one slip from Ogier and the Game is back on again. It would be nice to watch Latvala do all the winning for a change, love the Jackets btw, gotta get me one of those

DafyddLarcombe

February 12, 2015 12:53 PM

WRC » WRC photographer injured in Rally Sweden shakedown accident


And also the Orgainisers should clamp down on the free movement of the the Media during the events. like I mentioned above, a life is a life at the end of the day, and carrying a fancy Canon Camera will not protect you from a fast approaching Rally car at 110mph if its driver has lost control and it goes on to wipe out anything or anyone in its path. I have seen on numerous WRC events organisers being over the top tough on sensible spectators stood in good safe places, yet the media ambles by and are in no rush to move when a Rally car approaches, yet the organisers do nothing This needs to clearly change. Media should not ever be allowed to stand in places that are obviously dangerous. They should be allowed to stand inside a slow speed corner for example, but you see them in paces you know are dangerous should something go wrong

DafyddLarcombe

February 12, 2015 12:39 PM
Last Edited 72 days ago

WRC » WRC photographer injured in Rally Sweden shakedown accident


Obviously I hope the Photographer is fine and isn't too badly hurt, but as a retired Rally driver I have often wondered when the F.I.A and the organisers of Events will tighten up on the free movement of the Media. Yes they need great access to cover the action, but all too often they are allowed to stand in seriously dangerous places on the events. A life is a life at the end of the day. Again, as a retired Rally driver I see organisers allowing spectators to stand in areas where a Rally car could easily wipe out a few dozen spectators if something went wrong at high speed, also I have seen areas where the spectators wouldn't be in any great danger, yet the organisers ask them to move back or worse, to move on. Im not saying we should ever again allow famous scenes like Portugal in the mid 80s but spectators should be allowed to stand closer to the action in areas that are hard for a Rally car to end up. to be continued...

DafyddLarcombe

February 10, 2015 4:07 PM

WRC » Ogier 'full of optimism' for Sweden


LOL ! Cassyo, I admire your enthusiasm but maybe some of us are just busy with work to post all the time day in day out But I would imagine that Ogier, Latvala, Mikklesen and Ostberg will all be in with in a shout of a win there, but don't forget Tanak. He is an outside bet but was very fast last year in an old Private WRC Car I would think that Meeke could get a Podium by the end of the Event but he doesn't have much experience of Sweden. Evans should get a top 5 or Top 6 result, maybe higher depending on how the other drivers luck goes and the results are just less predictable as you go further back down the field but im really looking forward to this awesome event

DafyddLarcombe

February 03, 2015 12:15 PM

WRC » Toyota announces WRC return


Anyway, heres a new angle, maybe the main reason that Toyota chose to return to the WRC in 2017 as opposed to 2016 is probably that Toyota will now have the chance to negotiate with just about every current WRC star driver that is either contracted until the end of 2016 or more importantly to the end of 2017 This means that drivers like Ogier / Latvala / Mikklessen / Neuville / Tanak / Evans etc will be able to eye a possible Lucrative Deal with Toyota for 2017, as like Hyundai and VW the new Team will place a Huge Importance on signing a Big Name to Lead the Team and take them to wins as soon as possible This is why it is so important for current WRC Heavyweight Factory Teams like Hyundai and VW to have a 2nd driver development Team where they can draft the drivers into the main Team should they have an injury or a driver who signs for a Rival Team or simply retires from the WRC

DafyddLarcombe

February 05, 2015 10:08 AM

WRC » Toyota announces WRC return


Aah yes, the Famous helmet through the rear window scene in Margham park in 1998. Makkinen was at Cardiff Airport sitting in the departure lounge with his head in his hands thinking that he had lost the World Championship when on the last stage just 300 metres from making it a World Championship Hatrick Carlos Sainz pulled his Corolla over which was literally on fire and got out to investigate what had caused him stop. Luis Moya quickly realising that the Title was over stood at the back of the Corolla, took his helmet off and literally threw it through the back window in disgust. Not the best of adverts for Toyota when half the world was watching it as it all unfolded for the unfortunate Spanish pair. Makkinen quickly received the best phone call of his life from his brother who confirmed that it was actually Tommi who had completed a hatrick World Championships back to back. He also went on to win the Title one more time the following year before his luck ran out

DafyddLarcombe

February 03, 2015 9:58 AM

WRC » Toyota announces WRC return


Personally I miss the TTE Identity, it would be Nostalgic if Toyota once again called the Team TTE for old time sake, but I cant see Japan choosing to do that as Toyota Corp are a Global concern and TTE suggests it is just a European Team. TTE is steeped in Rallying history though, and im not sure that Japan choosing to call this a fresh start rather than a return is the way to go. Even with the Ban it would still be a great Honour to the late Ove Andersson if they were to once again call the Team TTE, albeit owned by Toyota Motor Corporation Technically it is still the same Team that is still based in Cologne. But I think the board still has a few lingering issues with the stigma of the Ban from 1995 and calling it a completely new Team would be a way of distancing themselves from the old Team that were Banned back in 95.


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