WRC » Al-Attiyah secures Citroen drive


Nasser Al-Attiyah to drive a third factory Citroen DS3 WRC in 2012

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Aye - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 2:40 PM

I see what you mean about the SWRC being second class to the main WRC. But then again, it's the WRC, and you can't get much better than that. But Breen was already being watched by M-Sport. He won the FSTI in 2009, tested a Ford Focus RS WRC with Mikko Hirvonen, worked for M-Sport for a year, made waves in the S2000 Fiesta last year and is the inaugural WRC Academy Champion. So he's had good exposure so far. I think he should do the full SWRC, taking in the occasional IRC event. He'll obviously be doing The Circuit Of Ireland. He might chance Zlin again, and mayeb even Ypres.

As for Hanninen. I'd say the only reason he's concentrating on the IRC and the ERC next year is because he has already won the SWRC Title, so there's no point in going back to defend it. In saying that though, I can't understand why VW don't enter him for more WRC events. He'll surely need the experience for when he gets the second VW seat. But maybe they'll say more as the season gets closer.

Anyone hear anyone

Aye - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 2:42 PM

Anyone hear about Neuville? Apparently he's on for a 10 round campaign next year in the DS3. Same as Novikov. They'd make a good Citroen B Team.

Aye - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 2:42 PM

Anyone hear about Neuville? Apparently he's on for a 10 round campaign next year in the DS3. Same as Novikov. They'd make a good Citroen B Team.

John Kilbride - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 3:36 PM

@Aye
What you said about Breen sounded good.
But regarding Hanninen, was it my imagination or did he get very little mention for winning the SWRC in comparison to Mikkelsen winning the IRC.
I prefer in a way if a driver is out there winning rallies/championships outright as opposed to winning classes. Also as there are few seats available at moment in wrc, I think IRC would do breen no harm at all. Even if Breen does ok in SWRC, the way things are gone, who is going to get drive with say ford taking into account either Solberg/Latvala retire within next year or so. Another man I am worried about at moment is Kris Meeke, ok while he finished good on Wales rally, his times in comparison to Loeb,Ogier , Latvala etc are not consistent enough.
I just hope Mini are not using him to test car in preparation for dropping someone in his place. Hope I am proven wrong over next 3 to 4 months.

Aye - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 5:44 PM

Actually now that you said it, Hanninen didn't get too much press for winning the title. But that's all down to the promotion. It's terrible. I hope North One Sport get the boot and the FIA bring in Eurosport or Red Bull, like they were talking about. Even in the main WRC field, the privateers barely get a mention. So in that regard, the IRC is better. In saying THAT though, Eurosport don't keep up with the IRC coverage online. So rally coverage isn't that good in general.

Doesn't Meeke have a 2 year contract? I'm nearly sure he's signed until the end of 2012. But Prodrive consider Meeke as British so they'll not let him go anytime soon.

Aye - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 5:44 PM

Actually now that you said it, Hanninen didn't get too much press for winning the title. But that's all down to the promotion. It's terrible. I hope North One Sport get the boot and the FIA bring in Eurosport or Red Bull, like they were talking about. Even in the main WRC field, the privateers barely get a mention. So in that regard, the IRC is better. In saying THAT though, Eurosport don't keep up with the IRC coverage online. So rally coverage isn't that good in general.

Doesn't Meeke have a 2 year contract? I'm nearly sure he's signed until the end of 2012. But Prodrive consider Meeke as British so they'll not let him go anytime soon.

Joe Bloggs - Unregistered

December 18, 2011 7:27 AM

Hanninen is returning to IRC because Skoda wants him to, he is lucky to have manufacturer backing, probably within top 3 for the VW no 2 seat with Ogier.

Breen has only been rallying 2 years - all with private funding - and has managed to get himself a SWRC Campaign without factory support. The Academy cars were all same spec and he won Star Driver etc but it came from funding and a PR machine he generated and managed himself.

IRC is a great series but Kris Meeke is I think the only driver to gain a fulltine WRC seat so surely it's better to do SWRC and share stages, service parks, etc with the big boys, and hopefully be in their plans for Junior Teams etc. Finally what all the young guys have to learn is to finish 90-95% of rallies they enter, look at Loeb, Schumacher, Rossi, all multiple champions, consistency is the key to success

Aye - Unregistered

December 19, 2011 11:08 PM

I've just seen that some of my comments have been repeated on here...whoops! Sorry about that!

It's been confirmed that Thierry Neuville will drive a DS3 WRC on at least 9 rounds next year. And that Hayden Paddon will be doing the SWRC in a Fabia S2000. Obviously Ogier's participation hasn't put anyone off!

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