WRC » Richards: No warning on Subaru pull-out.


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Sasha - Unregistered

December 17, 2008 2:11 PM

Reading the recent Honda direction economical press releases and how much sales are declining at the moment for all manufacturers, Ford, Toyota and any other manufacturer can tell how they committed they are as much as they want... But I do not believe any of it. More to follow...

stoner - Unregistered

December 17, 2008 2:16 PM

For sure Loeb was the worst driver this year
1. Crashing on the stage 4 in sweden
2. Using tactics in New zealand (starter motor) on the 1st leg to let hirvonen go
1st and stopping the following day
3. Using tactics of selfishness in Mexico and GB to let Latvala 1st on road while
he had possibility to start 1st

4. And like in 2005 he chased out big manufacturers by winning every time.
In 2005: Peugeot, Skoda, Mitsubishi, Privateers:
In 2008: Subaru, Suzuki, privateers and may be another one.

I include privateers because sponsors are not happy when you finish 10min to the winner (Loeb).

I wish he''d decided to go away of WRC.

stoner - Unregistered

December 17, 2008 2:18 PM

SUBARU IS VICTIM OF LOEB

For sure Loeb was the worst driver this year
1. Crashing on the stage 4 in sweden
2. Using tactics in New zealand (starter motor) on the 1st leg to let hirvonen go
1st and stopping the following day
3. Using tactics of selfishness in Mexico and GB to let Latvala 1st on road while
he had possibility to start 1st

4. And like in 2005 he chased out big manufacturers by winning every time.
In 2005: Peugeot, Skoda, Mitsubishi, Privateers:
In 2008: Subaru, Suzuki, privateers and may be another one.

I include privateers because sponsors are not happy when you finish 10min to the winner (Loeb).

I wish he''d decided to go away of WRC.

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

December 17, 2008 2:38 PM

I think what was worse than Subaru giving no advance warning to Prodrive management - is that Prodrive havn't even had any conversation with the drivers, Subaru had made a firm and final decision Saturday night (13th) and it was left to Subaru Japan to fly to the South of France on Monday to give the bad news to Petter and Chris directly. i think that was really distastful of Prodrive and shocked me.

fast jack

December 17, 2008 2:56 PM

loeb won the world championship again yet stoner thinks he is the worse driver...yeah right....
never mind who was not telling who what ! the fact remains that subaru have left the wrc.fact.i'm really gutted as i got an sti...and i just got a official jacket for my grandaughter in cardiff,come to think of it i just watched wales rally gb and that might be the last chance of seeing it in its present form....if there are only 2 manufacturers left in wrc then its a duel not a championship....cant wait to see what happens next :-o

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

December 17, 2008 3:30 PM

For Sandro Fiorini :

The S2000 rules in 2009 will be the same as is current S2000 - Run in the Group N category alongside Group N cars. (or behind as the results have shown so far)

The replacement WRC cars will be different in 2010/2011, in that they will be loosly based on the current rules with certain mods. There is no where near enough time to design and build a new S2000 car in the short space of time before Ireland starts.

By the time the 2010/2011 spec is finalised a lot could of changed too.

With Ford and Citroen still confirmed for 2009 with current spec WRC cars you cant contemplate bringing S2000 cars forward to replace them.

benno - Unregistered

December 17, 2008 8:52 PM

i think, like honda in F1, they saw their chances of winning in 2009 as minimal. the 2008 car wasn´t the world beater it was hyped to be so why go and blow tens of millions just to make up the numbers. sure there´s a credit crisis, but if they were reigning ´08 world champions, you could be 100% sure they´d still be in WRC.

jeffDOZ - Unregistered

December 17, 2008 9:05 PM

Subaru have turned their back on their fans and the very base of how they built their brand since 1989. Now they totally their fans. The funding for the WRC venture comes from their WRX/Sti sales, which will continue, Im sure. If they wanted to really slow down showroom traffic they just put the handbrake on themself. Loyalty is a two way street and Subaru just put a wall up at the turnaround point and gave us all the finger.

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