WRC »

Brookes urges Mikko to go for it.

by Rob Wilkins


Russell Brookes believes that BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Mikko Hirvonen can win the drivers' title this season - and that the Finn just needs to go for it, beginning this weekend on the Rally Catalunya.

Hirvonen currently trails Sebastien Loeb by eight points and while the odds seem to be stacked in the favour of the four-time world champion, Brookes reckons that with four events left it is still open.

Indeed speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio at the recent Castle Combe Rallyday, the two-time British Rally champion added that in his view Hirvonen and Loeb still have a pretty equal chance of coming out top in this year's World Rally Championship.

"Go for it – it is the only thing to do. There is no way you will win a championship like that by pussyfooting around and I am sure he will be trying as hard as he can," Brookes replied when asked if he had any advice for Mikko ahead of the back-to-back asphalt events in Spain and France.

"It is still open - although assuming everybody finishes each event without too much trouble eight points can seem a long way. But you don't run through every event without a problem and it just depends on the way the dice falls now. I think he is in there with an equal chance of winning the title."

As for what he thinks of the sport now compared to his day, Brookes conceded it doesn't seem to have quite the same pull.

"I think it use to be better than it is now, but then I am an old guy and I would say that," he continued. "But I have to take my hat off to some of these modern drivers. In my day when we did the World Rally Championship we use to get almost unlimited periods of practice.

"I remember going to Corsica and we spent six weeks practising for the event. Nowadays they are allowed over the special stages just three times at slow speeds - once to make the notes and twice to check them - and then boy do they go flat out on those pace notes. They are really skilled at it."

So what would he like to see done to the WRC in the future?

"I'd like to see it become a bit more adventurous. The rallies could do with being a bit longer and there is an over emphasise on these single service points to the detriment of the sport. Also I'd like to see more night stages included. I believe people miss those and spectators miss the excitement of them. If you had a bit more variety and added a bit more endurance into the events they would be very, very good indeed," he summed-up.


TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW IN FULL WITH RUSSELL BROOKES: CLICK HERE


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Ford Focus RS WRC 07
Russell Brookes. Rallyday 2008. Castle Combe. September 20. [PIC CREDIT: Andy Crayford - BangerPhotos.com]
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Monza, [Credit: Hyundai Motorsport]
Podium 1st Australian - Molly Taylor (AUS) Bill Hayes (AUS) Subaru Impreza WRX Sti
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.