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August 01, 2014 9:54 PM

WRC » Latvala more than doubles Rally Finland lead

also one final comment ! Tommi Makkinen drove Toyotas president Akido Toyoda through SS7 this morning, a stage that i happened to be present on and watching. I didnt expect this and was amazed at both the sound this car made and the speed in which it carried. I had to find out who was driving this car at this kind of speed (WRC car Pace) and how this was possible for a Car that clearly wasnt even a WRC Car, but Tommi knew how to make it Fly a few calls later and I found out that it was driven by none other than Tommi Makkinen and i didnt need to wonder any more. What was amazing though is that it would seem that Tommi drove the stage without notes but his commitment was 100% in all fairness to him. I wonder if Tommi will create his won M-Sport scenario with Toyota, Building and running their WRC programme, now that would be Good for WRC !


August 01, 2014 9:27 PM

WRC » Latvala more than doubles Rally Finland lead

Well all i can say is WOW ! Jari Matti has been really pushing hard today, in Fairness i was very pleasantly suprised at Meeke as he looked like he was fastest on more than 1 stage today Jari Matti set a hatrick of fastest times in the afternoon when the satges favoured the guys running 1st on the road so i dont quite agree with Ogirs comments about the sweeping, the only thing thats getting swept is Ogier into the weeds ! In all fairness the pace at the front is electric and has been all Rally, but just watching one small section of maybe 500 metres and you can see small differnces with every driver so its easy to see who is gaining where, but the commitment is HUGE !!


August 01, 2014 9:34 PM

WRC » Latvala more than doubles Rally Finland lead

I think Latvala should manage to win here, the last time i was in Finland it was Mikko who won and Jari Matti was 2nd (2009) It is good to see Elfyn having a good go out there on the stages too, he was getting really stuck in today in all fairness, I would imagine that already he has learned so much from Today and yesterday, I hope to see him go even faster tomorrow. His times were very encouraging today I have taken some video footage that I hope will help him when i see him in service tomorrow, something that the Top 5 drivers all did the same on a certain section but Elfyn did different, i cant say what it is but i am sure he will like to get the drop on the situation tomorrow, its all about finding out what works and what doesnt, or what doesnt work as well is a better way of putting it


June 28, 2014 1:41 PM

WRC » Mikkelsen fined, admits 'inappropriate behaviour'

Actually he could contest it, cutting is a major part of a Rally and in the Recce the stewards should have but orange Lattice fencing there to preventing crews to think it could be cut on the Rally, This is just poor standards and preparation from the Stewards. If you allow a driver to cut he will. SIMPLE AS THAT ! Colin McRae did the exact same on Rally GB Years ago at the end of the Margam Park Stage, I have also done the same on stages on the RAC at Blenheim Palace and on other International Rallies in places like France. Its ok if the organisers don't want you to cut but they need to put measures in place like on some Tarmac WRC Events I wouldn't be happy to pay that fine but maybe there is something in the Regulations for 2014 that limits how much you can cut a corner


July 04, 2014 1:24 PM

WRC » Capito: Mikkelsen ready to win

Well, first of all what we need is to do is get out of this Global difficulty, so money is more available for the Sport, There are Talented young drivers around but money is short right now. I commend both Hyundai and VW for having more than 2 drivers, Even though Malcolm is mostly having to fund his own programme he is doing the right thing with young Elfyn, a development driver is always a good thing It has worked for VW and they are now seeing the fruits of their Labour. Richard Burns was a 3rd or Development driver for Subaru when Colin and Carlos were Lead Drivers and look how that turned out. I think Citroen have had their wings clipped in recent seasons But Malcolm is the one who seems to be having the toughest time of it. I know everyone misses the days when a WRC event had 30 plus stages and ran well into the Night with Rally cars that Pop and Bang with flames as long as a samuri sword out the back that are spectacular, but the speed of the modern WRC Cars is still there, I


July 01, 2014 2:33 PM
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WRC » Recce cock-up costs Hirvonen

That's a bit of a worry for Mikko He made an error with his notes in Argentina too (The Crash) This is Bad timing as the next Rally is Finland ! If he gets 4th or 5th in Finland it will destroy his self belief I hope that he sees Finland as a chance to get back ontop Maybe if Ogier wins in Finland Maybe Mikko can have a Massive fight with Latvala and at least get onto the Podium, but I think Mikklesen and Ostberg will have something to say about that too


June 11, 2014 12:55 PM

WRC » VW commits to WRC until 2019

Its a strange one ! Ford were always the one Manufacturer you knew was in Rallying for the Long Haul, then in the last few seasons they began dithering about their participation, it is understandable that Manufacturers like Toyota Peugeot Mitsubishi and Subaru have all tucked and Run in the past but now we finally have new Teams coming through like VW and Hyundai so they obviously want a peace of the action, they are having to Invest Huge Resources to create new Teams from Nothing, Ford have everything they need including a Base, all the Equiptment, all the cars, all the knowledge nd drivers and staff, it would be so easy to Return, I don't know why they don't when other Teams are jumping through Hoops to Join the WRC. Maybe its just that the Money comes from The U.S. and over there they prefer only left hand bends, Boring !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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