WRC » Norway - day 3: Loeb hangs on to win

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rich ard

February 15, 2009 1:30 PM

congratulations seb. great drive. also, i must say that despite my criticism of matthew wilson in the past, he has performed well at last, and has shown that a brit can at least drive in the snow! (maybe he should get a job with london transport!!!) but he is still far short of being a burns or mccrae.

cgibbers - Unregistered

February 15, 2009 1:35 PM

well done to seb,but i think the championship is over already for everybody else.seb and citreon will win all remaining rallys,how boring.watch and see!!!

Anestis Doudalis - Unregistered

February 15, 2009 2:12 PM

I am Ford fan and I want say for another time since New Zealand 2008 ''shame on both drivers''.Mikko lost time in the first day,because of the silly tactics and Jari was(as always)bad throughout the rally.Anyway,congratulations to Sebastian,because he is the best driver of all times and he proved that again.Even if it's too early to say anything about the championshp,I believe that if Sebastian wins in Cyprus,then Citroen will have 80 percent posssibility of taking the double.

RXRacer - Unregistered

February 15, 2009 3:18 PM

"well done to seb,but i think the championship is over already for everybody else......."

I have a feeling it's worse than that. Ice rallies are traditionally the domain of Scandinavians, and I think this loss may prove to be the point at which Mikko loses his battle to truly believe he is capable of beating Seb to the title.

For the sake of the competition I hope I'm wrong, or some of the other young drivers get on the pace.

rich ard

February 15, 2009 3:25 PM
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anestis, correct, if ford/miko had not played "silly ruggers" to try and gain an advantage, miko would not have lost around 12(?) secs and the result might just have been different. ford have been hoisted by their own petard. serves them right!

Kenny Ramsey - Unregistered

February 15, 2009 3:41 PM

Simply not good enough by the Ford team as a whole. They should have seen how little if any time Loeb was losing by going first and abandoned the tactics.

I do not consider Loeb to be the best driver of all time. This is unproveable, especially given the lack of competition he's had compare to other greats of the past. This drive puts him up further in my estimations though.

Loeb's dominance and almost certain success in every rally will put neutrals and new fans off WRC. The drivers title is over.

Time for a rethink Malcolm. This isn't good enough!

RXRacer - Unregistered

February 15, 2009 6:11 PM

Lack of competition?...In his 1st full year he lost the title by 1 point to Solberg and beat teammates Sainz and Mcrae, two of the greats. Then there's Gronholm, Makinen, Burns and a number of other very good drivers. Not to mention winning Monte Carlo on debut! (classified 2nd after a dumb penalty). He's seemed to have it a easier lately, but then he's no doubt gotten even better with experience.

I agree it's hard to judge the best in most sports, but after he's retired I think more and more people will look back at Loeb as the best ever.

Tim - Unregistered

February 15, 2009 7:49 PM

Loeb drove a fantastic rally, but do you expect anything else from the man? Hirvonen proved this weekend though, that he really can challenge Loeb. He might not have won, but that battle was fantastic, similar to the Gronholm-Loeb duels of a couple of years ago. There may not be the big names of 10 years ago but that rally should give Mikko the confidence to push Seb further to the limit. They really were a pair of class acts, in a different league to the rest of the field.

raiderC - Unregistered

February 16, 2009 1:42 AM

Like I've been saying, if Ford had to resort to silly tactics just to stay close to Loeb on a rally they've dominated in the past, then what chance does anyone have?
And to those saying there's weak competition, how would you know who could've been great when Loeb's shadow extends so far. Remember people were expecting great things from Sordo, and how many (tarmac) wins would he have now if not for his teammate always being faster.
I'm a Ford fan, but there's no denying Loeb's greatness, his successes at ROC should drive the point home.

Kenneth Ramsey

February 16, 2009 6:08 PM

Look the simple fact is Loeb hasn't had a consistent high quality field to prove himself against. He came along at the end of one of the greatest eras. One of the greats, yes but the greatest, not convinced.

As for saying Hirvonen done well to be so close, he should have had him. If they can't rely on events like this to beat Loeb then it's going to be a very dull year.

Also, I hope the previous post isn't referring to the Race of Champions (ROC)? How does that prove anything?

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