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DafyddLarcombe

January 26, 2015 10:10 AM

WRC » Ogier wins Rallye Monte Carlo again


I don't know what it is with Kubica and Monte but he Stunned everyone including himself on the opening stages of the Monte last year too, but sadly he didn't repeat that pace again in the season anywhere After watching him closely on the weekend I quickly noticed that he has a gravel style of driving on the Monte, he is much smoother and lets the car move around a lot more, drifting it into and out of the corners much more than other drivers keeping the momentum going I think this can be connected to his stunning times. I would like to see this guy do really well but I don't know with his hand if he will be able to get on to Podium anywhere in the season, but if he does manage to achieve a podium then I think it will almost certainly be on the loose

DafyddLarcombe

January 29, 2015 10:29 AM
Last Edited 128 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

January 28, 2015 12:21 PM
Last Edited 209 days ago

WRC » Wilson: M-Sport has huge potential


Yes I mostly agree with Slightly sideways and I am sure that Malcolm and Yves Matton would love to be in a strong position like VW, but they are not. I don't think that Citroen will pull out of the WRC though, as WTCC isn't exactly F1. I think they realise that WRC is where they want to be and Loeb will probably leave WTCC soon anyway and then that programme will lose its appeal just like when Loeb left the WRC Malcolm is doing the best he can with the hand that he has been dealt, he knows Evans and Tanak will be lucky to get a podium this year much less a win, but I think he is thinking lets develop 2 promising young drivers and make as much money possible with the rest of the business so we can financially support the main programme as that's his shop window. Its a very different business to that of VW and Hyundai. Citroen and Ford are getting similar in how they have to work, only Malcolm is the Champ and has delivered over 100 R5 cars and is a true survivor and fighter

DafyddLarcombe

January 26, 2015 10:28 AM

WRC » Latvala: Second more than I expected


cont : .......so the question is Who an take the most wins, and who can be the strongest when the other one wins taking nothing less than 2nd place and maybe taking maximimum Power points. This could be where the Championship is won or lost, on the Power Stages. I think Jari Matti could win in Sweden for sure, but looking at the calendar there is not one Rally that He couldn't possibly win, ok, Maybe Ogier would throw everything at his home Rally if the organisers can find a wealthy Town to host the Rally, as there is no money for Rally France as of right now. Obviously Latvala wont win everything, but there is no reason why he couldn't beat Ogier on any of the Rallies remaining, even Germany and Spain

DafyddLarcombe

January 26, 2015 3:30 PM

WRC » Evans: Potential was there to do more


Lol ! he did a bit more than clip a wall, I think the wall was almost as stunned as he was, but joking aside he did well to avoid a more damging outcome and he did better than others to get he car through the next stage and ack to service. This event last year marked his debut Full season in a WRC Car. it is obvious that a driver this full of potential will be aware of all of the requirements. He has all the potential to become a star in the sport. Already he is eyeing what could of been against such drivers as Sordo, Neuville, Tanak, Mikklessen, Meeke, Ostberg and even Loeb I think we will see him working on his speed this year and start to challenge the Top drivers on stages as he grows his confidence and self belief. I think he is progressing really well for a young driver in only his 2nd season driving a WR Car. I am keen to see him develop

DafyddLarcombe

January 26, 2015 3:44 PM

WRC » Tanak sorry for Monte mistake


Will this guy become another Jari Matti Latvala in the making ?? Will this guy go through his share of Body shells just like Jari Matti did ?? Will Malcolm take this guy and turn him into a Future World Champion ?? Will he get there quicker than Jari Matti ?? Will he still be in a Ford when he does take his first Title ?? Will he take a few years to become a winning force in the sport ?? Will he be already knocking on the door by the end of the season ?? Will he win his first WRC event this season or next ?? Will he ever win a WRC event ?? Will he just click in the next season or two and become the next Ogier ?? They say that its the quiet ones that you have to watch !!

DafyddLarcombe

January 26, 2015 11:14 AM

WRC » Loeb: No plans to do more WRC events


Oh well, Im a bit sad that he wont be back I think he aquitted himself really well, he was fighting with Ogier and all his experience and Mastery of the Monte shone through and helped him make up for being away for so long. 30 seconds faster than Ogier on the opening stage was a Great start for him. A real shame about his stage 8 mishap but with his road position he was fighting a losing battle sadly Nothing lasts for ever though, at least he gave Ogier a good fight on his final appearance. I think his comments before the Rally about having nothing to do in the winter were designed to unsettle Ogier. He was obviously trying to get inside Ogiers head and make a statement that he was just out for some fun and that he could beat Ogier without taking him serious, maybe it worked on the first stage - lol

DafyddLarcombe

January 26, 2015 12:35 PM

WRC » Meeke takes tenth and Power Stage win


I think this weekend gave Meeke a lot of confidence. To drive the same car as Loeb and compete against him and feel the energy flood back into the Citroen Team again. Meeke is however a potential future World Champion himself, however he would be a solid Champion in the making had he been at this stage in his career back in 2010 when he was 30 rather than 35. Gronholm was a late Bloomer, and Loeb is now 40 and obviously still has what it takes to compete for the win. Maybe Meeke can also be that late bloomer but next year would need to be the year that he starts winning regularly. To do this Citroen needs to really challenge the Polo with its DS3 if it wants to give its drivers the best Car to launch an assault I think Meeke has the necessary steely determination to be Champion and could may go on to do it if he keeps getting better and better. He has momentum on his side, even if he doesn't have age on his side

DafyddLarcombe

January 26, 2015 10:21 AM

WRC » Latvala: Second more than I expected


it would be pretty amazing if the likable Finn were to beat Ogier in a Title figh this seasont. Is it me or is Ogier getting more relaxed about everything. He was quite cocky and Arogant a few seasons ago but now he seems like nothing fazes him and he is always trying to be funny at the stage ends. Maybe he is finally developing a sense of humour Maybe he has someone advising him on how to be more likable. Anyway, back to the driving, yes I think Latvala most certainly has the ability to wrestle the Title away from Ogier providing he remains confident about his own ability to do so. I think if he can beat Ogier in a straight fight in Sweden this could provide the platform for which Latvala launches his WRC Title Assault for this season and once in front he could find all the confidence he needs to keep on winning Latvala is so strong now that he could even fight for the Victory (as he puts it) on Tarmac, certainly achieving 2nd place should Ogier take the win, so the question is who


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