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DafyddLarcombe

August 26, 2014 10:41 AM
Last Edited 16 days ago

WRC » Meeke blames 'optimistic' pace-note for crash


Cont : And once again, as predicted at the start of the season I say that Meeke has Blown Ostberg out of the water in the 2nd half of the season so far. This will only deflate Mads even more going forward as was the case with Neuville in M-Sport last year. Thierry started to out shine Mads regularly and suddenly became Malcolms new Blue eyed boy and Mads didn't handle that very well let that effect his Mental approach to his driving, this is something that a Top Rally driver can not allow to happen to himself, He felt that he had a second chance at Citroen, but now Meeke is to Citroen what Neuville was to Malcolm and once again Mads is feeling the Cold This is why I cant see Meeke being without a seat next year, if anything Citroen and M-Sport will be bidding for his services even though both Teams have a vastly shrunken Budget. Of course there are a few other drivers like Tanak and Tidemand who could fill the seats should there be any going.

DafyddLarcombe

August 26, 2014 10:55 AM

WRC » Latvala: We had victory within our grasp


This is a Real shame for Jari Matti, I am hoping that he snaps out of feeling bad though, as this is always his weakness. He has to shake it off and mentally be ready and be confident. It wont help if his Boss gives him a really hard time. The bottom line is he was 2 stages from the win and shouldn't of been looking for the odd second by pushing his luck on a corner like he described as doing reference his adjusted optimistic pace note. Instead he should of been thinking of lifting if the was any doubt. with 2 stages to go he wasn't chasing Victory, he should of been protecting Victory. I understand him not wanting to drive slow and lose the Rhythm, but the odd dodgy corner like the one where he went off was a no brianer. I am sure the Team will console him and gently tell him where he went wrong and his Mental coach will know how to handle him, but he needs to think differently when he is in that position in future.

DafyddLarcombe

August 26, 2014 10:27 AM
Last Edited 19 days ago

WRC » Meeke blames 'optimistic' pace-note for crash


As stated in earlier posts, there are not many drivers available for M-Sport or Citroen and by the end of the season Meeke will either be Re Signed in a hurry or Malcolm will swoop on him, but there is no way the only Guy chasing Latvala and Ogier and making them nervous is going to be with out a drive in 2015. It seems the kerb that Meeke mounted on the fast right before he went off caused a puncture and that's what he was referring to when he said we hit something, even Paul (co-driver) asked if everything was ok after that. He should of been suspicious of a puncture, but when your in the lead like that, the last thing you want to do is brake on a flat out section of road to see how the car responds. He said he had a vibration so im sure he knew that it was over anyway. Its a shame as I think he fully deserved a win after all his efforts to get the drive and prove to everyone how good he really is. Especially after his Monster Finland performance and again in Germany.

DafyddLarcombe

August 18, 2014 1:34 PM

WRC » Latvala out to challenge for win in Germany


Latvala has worked very hard over the last few seasons to better understand the skills required to compete on this surface for the Win. In saying that, I still do not expect him to take the Victory, but I would be very happy to see him win and further reduce the points gap to Ogier. I think there will be quite a few of drivers who right now feel that the victory could be theirs for the taking. Ogier, Meeke and Sordo to name but a few. Don't forget that while Meeke is very quick on Gravel, like Ogier and Neuville, he learned his trade on the Black stuff. 3 Years is not much of an issue if he does a Good Recce and also Citroen wont be relaxed about it, they will be very motivated for a Win, especially as Citroen have won this Rally for the last 12 years straight and wont want that record to be broken

DafyddLarcombe

August 19, 2014 4:43 PM
Last Edited 25 days ago

WRC » German mileage and momentum the goals for Evans


I think even matching last years result will be a fantastic achievement when you consider that there are 5 additional works cars in the mix compared to last year, and all of them have massive experience and speed Last year the two VW polos hit trouble and this year there is an additional Polo for Mikklesen too. If Evans can get 6th place among all the other Factory drivers he should consider that a really Top Result as he is the Rookie and is very much in the learning process compared to all the other Factory drivers. I would suggest 7th would be the mark, given the speed of the 2 other M-Sport entries, 2 Citroen entries, 3 VW entries and the 3 Hyundai entries. If they all stay out of trouble Evans would be 11th by Default, but Evans is getting more and more confident and his speed is growing with every Rally. He wont be the Rookie for very Long. I am extremely impressed so far.

DafyddLarcombe

August 18, 2014 1:48 PM

WRC » Meeke: Tarmac return ‘like riding a bike’


As mentioned in a post on Latvala, I think there will be quite a few of drivers who right now feel that the victory could be theirs for the taking. Ogier, Meeke and Sordo to name but a few. Don't forget that while Meeke is very quick on Gravel, like Ogier and Neuville, Meeke learned his trade on the Black stuff. 3 Years is not much of an issue if he does a Good Recce and also Citroen wont be relaxed about it, they will be very motivated for a Win, especially as Citroen have won this Rally for the last 12 years straight and wont want that record to be broken. I think its at least as possible as Latvala win. I hate to say this but my money would be on a certain Frenchman, but then again I am not a gambling man.


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