WRC » Ogier's glory, Loeb's joint championship lead


It is Portuguese perfection once again for Citroën Total World Rally Team star Sébastien Ogier, with a second successive triumph in the Algarve - as team-mate Sébastien Loeb joins Mikko Hirvonen atop the WRC title standings

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dellortodiagonale

March 28, 2011 12:50 AM

Granted that I'm not particularly involved in british controversies, just for once I would like to read one positive comment about Matt Wilson's race.
I think that somehow he deserves it, at least for bearing all his haters.
That said, if I had the position and the money to run my own team, I would probably try to keep a seat for my son.
Let's face it, motorsport has been mostly about affluence since decades, and Matt Wilson's sacking wouldn't change anything.
It's true that many good drivers don't have a car, but they too generally started their career thanks to a lot of personal money, and it's also true that many good potential drivers haven't even had a chance to begin due to lack of funds, and nobody makes a scandal out of it.
As wrong as it can be, talent is only a little part of racing.

GoFstr - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 9:10 AM

@dellortodiagonale - Good comment.

I have to give credit where credit is due. He did well this weekend.
I think the thing that frustrates most people is the lack of teams/drivers in the championship where pay driver can get in the top 10, and when there are a couple of retirement pay drivers can actually get good results not basic on their skill, but lack of talent in seats. That wasn't a poke a Wilson, that's a poke at WRC and FIA.
And the sad fact of it is there are 2 and a half teams, and basically only 1 team and 2 drivers that win ALL THE TIME!

slightlysideways

March 28, 2011 9:43 AM

That was an absolute masterclass in driving from Seb 2. It looks like Loeb is starting to worry a lot about him, which was shown with his outrage at Hirvonen. Ogier needs to be careful not to get carried away on tarmac events like he did last season.

John Kilbride - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 11:19 AM

@GoFstr
I agree totally with all what you say.
As I said last week, Matt is a good driver like a lot of those in WRC, He is still not in the league of Loeb,Ogier,Hirvonen etc. The fault with the WRC lies with the FIA,Manufacturers,WRC promoters.

richard

March 28, 2011 12:55 PM

ok, matt came fourth, but this was not on speed alone. he finished his usual 7-8 minutes behind the winner. for a works driver, this is really too far off pace.
but the excuses by hirvonen dont ring true. he got a puncture, with loeb behind him on the road. so he knew where loeb was, and should have expected him to catch up. if he changed the wheel, this could not have been done in 50 secs, leaving him ahead of loeb. if he was driving on a flat tyre, he would have known that he was holding up a car behind! had he not cost loeb 30+ secs, loeb would have been an easy winner!

i hate these team tactics!

slightlysideways

March 28, 2011 1:22 PM

@richard,
Why would any driver be concerned about who is behind him after repairing a puncture, especially when that person is from a rival team?
Hirvonen saw nobody coming, so got in to the car and gunned it to the finish line.
Are you saying he should have pulled over, turned off the engine to make sure Loeb wasn't behind him? That could potentially cost a driver a championship, so I can't see why they would want to do it.



richard

March 28, 2011 3:36 PM

slightly. the point is that hirvonen could NOT have come to a stop, unbuckled, jacked up the car and changed a wheel in less than one minute. so how can he claim that as the reason for falling back and slowing up loeb?

if he was driving on a flat tyre, then there are rules that require him not to block another car.

so, what are the TRUE facts??

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