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DafyddLarcombe

January 29, 2015 10:29 AM
Last Edited 93 days ago

WRC » WRC: Volkswagen podium lockout delights Capito


I totally agree Taz If VW dominate the WRC then it will be less exciting to watch and less of an advantage commercially. You can be too successful sometimes Capito should feel some guilt having bought up the Top drivers Yes the Polo is Great, but you would expect that with the kind of budget VW have to throw around. Hyundai have probably the 2nd biggest budget followed by Citroen and finally Ford who arguably don't have a budget as such, as Malcolm has to generate almost his entire budget himself. It would be great if Ford could get Latvala back to even out the victories, but obviously this will never happen for 3 reasons, Malcolm couldn't afford him now and VW will never let Latvala go, finally why would he leave such a bullet proof dream team like VW Motorsport

DafyddLarcombe

February 02, 2015 1:49 PM

WRC » Paddon to race under Hyundai Mobis banner


I would just like to go on record as saying that Hyundai will not regret taking on Kevin Abbring as Chief Test and Development driver for the Team. I think he will turn out to be a much stronger asset for the Team than Paddon. I know Paddon has worked very hard and once again found a lot of money for his seat with the 2nd string team - Hyundai Mobis, but I think Abbring has a certain Flair about him that Paddon just doesn't have I am very keen to see how Abbring performs. Meeke already proved that getting to know the car really well by becoming the donkey in the Team racking up Big mileage testing and developing the cars has extremely useful advantages. I would hope that Abbring will appear in the 2nd half of the season once he has had the chance to get well acquainted with the 2014 car and developed the new 2015 Car. He will be one to watch

DafyddLarcombe

January 29, 2015 10:59 AM
Last Edited 168 days ago

WRC » Ogier equals Colin McRae’s record of 25 wins


Colin had much tougher competition back then and was a spectacular Hammer down lets beat everyone stage after stage Driver, and if the car is still going by the end then we will win, but this only worked out for him on some 25 occasions and sadly he lost his 2nd and 3rd titles in 2001 and 2002 with this same approach when he crashed out both times on Rally GB in particular Colin had regular winners like Makkinen, Vatenen, Sainz, Kankkunenn, Auriol, Gronholm, Burns, Erickson, Duval, Delecour, Panizzi and Solberg to deal with. That was when the WRC was a very tough place to do business indeed and the cars wernt as easy to drive as now and you had to be a little bit special to win, no where near as easy as these days now that Loeb has finished and Ogier just has Latvala to worry about Sometimes you have to take into account all of the above before you compare 25 wins now to someone elses 25 wins then. 25 wins competing among the past great drivers all listed above was an amazing record

DafyddLarcombe

January 31, 2015 10:34 AM
Last Edited 174 days ago

WRC » Toyota announces WRC return


For Gilles74 -lol, yes the Ka was very low on power by Rally Car standards and a bit funny looking but when I was winning in that little thing in the Ka championship back in 1999 I was also beating some pretty powerful other cars like Group N Evo 5 and Evo 6 and Group N Subarus, obviously they wernt the leaders of the Group N category but none the less I think we managed some pretty impressive Overall results too with that little car, like 32nd overall on the Manx whilst winning the Ka Championship category at the same, it wasn't the most thrilling Rally car to drive uphill but I didn't brake much in it going down hill - lol In a similar way I think these latest smaller Nimble WRC cars must be just so much fun to drive, power to weight ratio and traction is obviously very good and now with 325BHP and being the lightest of any of the WRC cars to date they must just be so much fun to drive. Just a pitty they wernt so exciting to watch from the outside as the older generation cars were

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.

DafyddLarcombe

January 30, 2015 12:32 PM

WRC » Toyota announces WRC return


I think one of the biggest problems facing new teams like Toyota is driver choice. The WRC is currently suffering from a lack of front line drivers. Obviously Loeb wouldn't be interested but maybe someone like Petter Solberg could be signed up to develop the car and maybe do a few events later on All the while Toyota could be searching for a few young drivers to develop like VW did with Mikklesen who is now a strong podium contender and indeed a podium favourite on any surface. The WRC is now looking very strong for the future with potentially 5 strong teams all able to fight for the win. I think this will convince Citroen that the WRC is a very good place to do business and indeed could persuade Ford to make an Official return for 2016 or maybe 2017 in line with Toyota. The F.I.A just need to finally let the WRC grow and not hold it back or restrict its success

DafyddLarcombe

January 30, 2015 12:21 PM

WRC » Toyota announces WRC return


Im not sure but the picture of the car posted by crash.net looks more like a road car mocked up with decals and rally rims, but there is a decent picture of the actual car on WRC.com testing and the real car actually looks great Pictures aside though this is great news, I had a feeling last year that Toyota corp would soon announce a Return to the WRC at the top level when I was in Finland and saw Akido Toyoda being treated to ride on a live stage driven at Full speed by tommi Mack in a car he built for Toyota Corp Now all they have to do is maximise their media exposure return by making a deal with old sponsors Castol to dominate the new livery of the car as they did with both the Celica ST185 and ST205 models and of course the Corolla

DafyddLarcombe

January 31, 2015 10:42 AM

WRC » Toyota announces WRC return


For FVA47 : Actually Toyota did not end their WRC involvement with the illegal Turbo Saga. That was late in 1995 on Rally Catalunya. Toyota were instantly Banned that year but unofficially continued to field cars for Juha Kannkunnen and Armin Shwartz in 1996 but didn't officially compete again as the Factory Team until 1998 when they returned for 2 more seasons with the all new Castrol Toyota Corolla with drivers Carlos Sainz and Didier Auriol, oh and also Fast Freddy Loix who had a Marlboro sponsored Corolla

DafyddLarcombe

January 29, 2015 11:37 AM

WRC » Meeke takes tenth and Power Stage win


No I don't see that Taz, I think the cars are quite even, if anything Citroens drivers are possibly loosing a little time here and there at the higher speeds maybe. They just need to push a little harder on the quicker sections, this is where a small lift can cost whole seconds, all to often a driver and a team will look at stats and mostly at the car itself and where they can improve it compared to their rivals, but a great driver can always find a few seconds here and there, especially at the higher speeds it is exactly the same over at M-Sport. Sadly without Fords Bucks and indeed Factory Team status Malcolm cant compete with the likes of VW when negotiating for Top drivers regarding money and peace of mind, and the drivers are the ones who make the car win and shine again and again. VW just simply have the cream of the crop when it comes to drivers


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