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DafyddLarcombe

October 31, 2014 4:14 PM

WRC » Hirvonen back on podium with third in Spain


I thought that Mikko drove hard and fast in Spain. He seemed right on it every time I saw him, he seemed totally committed and one of the few drivers to leave his braking a bit late on the tarmac sections of the gravel stages on day 1 Though he has never won on Tarmac - when he left Ford Citroen bound he was getting close but sadly his form suddenly went a bit cold. In Spain he seemed to be right back there once again, so lets hope he can carry that form to GB and get another Podium there too Of course I would love to see Elfyn and Meeke fighting for the win on GB but maybe that's another year away for Elfyn, Maybe Meeke could sneak a maiden win there though and possibly a podium for Elfyn. but I am sure Latvala will want to win and probably will win

DafyddLarcombe

October 31, 2014 2:09 PM
Last Edited 47 days ago

WRC » VIDEO: VW, Ogier celebrate another WRC title win


Sorry Guys I was sleeping at the wheel for a few days there... Yes I was indeed away with WRC Rally Spain but as usual I was disappointed in the Spanish organisers and the Event, I also I noticed the Airport staff were very Rood to the passengers passing through customs on the way home, this just cemented a rather disappointing time away The Roads are fantastic but the 1st day was crap, on a WRC Event you want to see the best drivers in the world driving the best cars right on the very edge, but instead all you had was drivers breaking very early on the tarmac sections, and there seemed to be lots of those. There are many good gravel stages in the area so I have no idea why the organisers would use such sub standard stages on Day 1. Gravel should be gravel and Tarmac should be just that. Days 2 and 3 were Good but again, no spectator signs for them to follow, poor facilities, no food or refreshments available at spectator areas. Quite poor for a World Championship event I think

DafyddLarcombe

October 31, 2014 2:23 PM

WRC » Ogier: Fantastic feeling to be champion again


Yeah I totally agree Taz I am sure that Meeke has a fresh offer to stay with Citroen and Malcolm has already suggested that he would be interested in doing some kind of deal with Matton for im guessing Meeke if not Mads. Personally I cant see Mads moving back to M-Sport but then again I cant see Citroen giving up Meeke, he really has been superb this season in what is his 1st Full Season in the WRC top tier After his surprise podium in Spain Mikko could yet decide to stay on in the WRC for at least another season but I am sure that will all depend on how well he does on GB next month, the question is will he remain at M-Sport or could he become the as yet secret Hyundai number 2 driver, I have a feeling this could be on the cards If Mikko leaves M-Sport you could see Elfyn becoming their Lead driver and maybe Tanak or Tidemand becoming the Rookie drivers as obviously M-Sport are on a tight Budget and ideally would need a driver to bring money rather than get paid money

DafyddLarcombe

October 06, 2014 1:15 PM

WRC » Wilson: Evans absolutely sensational in France


I have to say, I am a little surprised at how quick Elfyn has progressed in the second half of the year. Lets not forget that this is still his first Full Season in a WRC Car and last year he was mostly driving the R5 Car To be putting in times that would put him in a podium place without mass attrition is nothing short of staggering. I guess for me its like a dream to see a fellow Welshman doing so well in the WRC. This is really a first for Wales that we have had a driver so far up the leaderboard again and again I really wanted to see him do well this year, but I didn't dream of him doing this well. I can easily see this young Talented Guy winning a Rally in the next 12 months at this rate. He is super cool and mature and I think he has speed in reserve that he rightly doesn't want to release until he feels comfortable doing so. I think I am almost as surprised as Mikko probably is. Well Done Elfyn, Amazing Progress.

DafyddLarcombe

October 10, 2014 1:51 PM

WRC » Ogier: I will take title in Spain


One thing is for sure, If Ogier once again stumbles in Spain as he heaps the pressure on himself, it will only play straight into Latvalas hands. Rally GB has not exactly been a Great hunting ground for Ogier in the past and that's why he should play it safe in Spain, so he doesn't have to win on Rally GB This is how easy Latvala could become Champion : If Latvala were to score another victory in Spain and Ogier does in fact go off and score nothing then Latvala could be as much as 1 point in front in the Championship fight (depending on the outcome of Power stage) If Ogier goes into Rally GB 1 point behind Latvala then I would put money on Latvala emerging as World Rally Champion. All Latvala has to do is find some cheek to tell Ogier he is going to beat him in Spain and I think he could indeed pressure Ogier into fighting for the win which will increase the chances of Ogier going off

DafyddLarcombe

October 10, 2014 1:33 PM
Last Edited 62 days ago

WRC » Ogier: I will take title in Spain


Its not Rocket Science, Latvala is only too Aware that Ogiers Arrogance left him with Egg on his face after saying much the same before Rally De France and then coming home with just 3 points. Now Ogier has seemingly put his Title on the Line in order to somehow show the Sport who is Really the Boss by attempting to Beat Latvala in Spain Now he has to Win the Title by probably winning in Spain or risk looking like a Driver who is willing to cut off his nose to spite his face. The way Latvala has been driving in Recent Rallies I would not like the odds of reaching the finish before him. Latvala clearly has nothing to lose now which makes him Extremely Dangerous as a Rival The fact that Latvala could himself go off trying to stay in front of Ogier will not be a major issue if it happens and in fact he will of discussed this possibility in his Pre event strategy. I think Capito would almost expect Latvala to fight that hard that he could go off where as Ogier will simply look stupid

DafyddLarcombe

October 06, 2014 1:33 PM
Last Edited 63 days ago

WRC » Sordo 'sorry' for Kubica


I don't wish to be so openly critical of Kubica, but as I stated last year, I just don't see the true potential in this guy. Everytime he pushes he just goes off. He made several mistakes along the way in France and clearly isn't quite on the right track Lots of drivers have shown promise but have the same issue of going off when they really push, Tanak and Novikov are two recent drivers that suffer a similar fete, Tanak may yet still come through given the right coaching Kubica could also finally pull through, but this could be after a few more million in repair bills. I think we have a Real Diamond in the rough in the form of Elfyn Evans though and Meeke for that matter. I think both of these drivers are going to get there much quicker and cheaper - lol Great to see the Union Jack on both cars that are doing so well

DafyddLarcombe

October 07, 2014 12:28 PM

WRC » 'Exemplary performance' puts Meeke on podium again


yeah, Elfyn and Kris are two really nice guys who have been thrown a life line this season by their respective teams. Both are really Humble guys and both are extremely talented drivers and are more than repaying the trust shown in them by their Team Bosses I think we will have two future stars here who will soon be in a position to win Rallies in the coming seasons, like Burns and McRae did back in the day. It was Obvious to me that Meeke already had the Raw speed yet perhaps lacked the mileage and therefore the consistency to get regular immediate podiums and maybe fight for wins, but here he is doing just that Also it was so good to see Malcolm giving Elfyn a huge break by not only giving him a run with a Full Programme in a WRC Fiesta, but making him a works Driver complete with the all important testing and Full Support allowing him to be exposed to all of the impressive facilities that M-Sport has to offer. Now he is already showing great speed and also Maturity and consistency


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