WRC » Rally Sweden WRC: Result [UPDATED]

Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala wins Rally Sweden, 16.6 seconds up on his former team-mate and Citroen rival Mikko Hirvonen; Mads Ostberg completes the podium ahead of Petter Solberg and Evgeny Novikov; Sebastien Loeb has to settle for sixth after his off in SS7 on day one...

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Observer - Unregistered

February 12, 2012 3:11 PM

Good to see Latvala win the rally and three of the top four be fords for a change. Does anyone remember when was the last time the first Frenchman finished only sixth? Too bad for Petter, not being able to get a podium but great to have Ostberg take it. It's been going on for a while, but I still don't like the powerstage concept. It makes no sense that you can get championship points by finishing in the top three of one short stage. How is that rallying? Maybe if it was for the most stage wins in a rally, but this way, no. Worked especially bad here since drivers who weren't fighting for overall positions could conserve their tires for the last stage and earn points. Imho a concept like that has no business being in a rally.

Kiko - Unregistered

February 12, 2012 5:14 PM

The powerstage is the cheapest way to show Live coverage of a "rally stage" and the fans love to see live coverage.

I miss the days when BBC2 Grandstand or Channel 4 used to show live footage from Rally GB.

With the state rallying finds itself in now, the budget just isn't there to provide 40 camera's to cover a 25 mile stage, so we are left with mickey mouse 3 mile Powerstages.

Maybe one day we can hope to see a return to the glory days?

Wim Kwanten - Unregistered

February 12, 2012 7:07 PM

Observer: In the Wales Rally GB 2011, the first French driver was only on the 11th place and this even due to Rally 2. Without that stupid Rally 2 thing, there wasn't even a French driver finishing that event.

Observer - Unregistered

February 12, 2012 7:21 PM

Powerstages might be a cheap way to provide live coverage, which I also love to see, but giving points for them just doesn't seem right. Ofcourse the points are a motivation for the drivers to push on that televised stage instead of cruising to the finish, but it's not in the nature of rallying. Rallying is about the best performance over a weekend, a balance of speed and consistency, not about short time trials like the powerstage. Maybe it's just me, but I follow rallying because of those great overall performances not because of one televised live "stage". Maybe it is worth having them if they gets more people interested in rallying.

stefanvv - Unregistered

February 12, 2012 8:01 PM

Probably Power stage is the best way in the current Rallying situation for TV coverage and engoying spectators in one "flat out" stage. The problem really is that the most advantage of it can make some Rally 2 drivers (or drivers little behind). The leader for example wouldn't risk it all for just few points more and is right to do so - it's kind of lost of charm of this stage really.

John Kilbride - Unregistered

February 12, 2012 10:11 PM

powerstages,rally2,suuperspecials should never have been allowed in rallying. What is the point in having 2 cars going around together on a man made track.
There is enough of that crap in grand prix, rallycross etc. The essence of rallying is out on the normal tarmac,gravel or forestry stages which make up most of the mileage in any rally. And to think that people actually pay in to watch that or even praise it on live tv. The narrow tarmac roads of Ireland plus the forests in wales are natural environments for rally cars.

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