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Old 1 Nov 2016, 20:09 (Ref:3684617)   #31
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Anyone heard rumours for next year?
dont even mention anything electric
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Old 1 Nov 2016, 21:51 (Ref:3684634)   #32
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Anyone heard rumours for next year?
dont even mention anything electric
Unfortunately not anything super interesting.

Ekström wants a three-year plan to keep competing, he don't want to do another season just for defending the title.

Hedström has two Polo's now from Marklund so it is absolutely something going on there. Maybe a whole WRX season? At least for 2018 according to his plans.

Volkswagen RX Sweden seems to be a bit unclear. Last year Kristoffersson Motorsport almost quit after the season but then Marklund came in with some money, uniting the teams.

Bryntesson is working on getting a drive in Supercar, no more details though.

Sebastian Eriksson is more interested in GRC than WRX, but he wants to do some round in WRX too see where he and the car stands compared to WRX. He believes though that it is just as competitive in GRC between the top drivers as it is in WRX.
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Old 2 Nov 2016, 21:08 (Ref:3684862)   #33
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Interesting that Ekstrom built 4 cars and didn't have a commitment moving forward
Can only imagine that he had financial input from Audi to build the second pair for promotional activity etc

Anyone know where solberg is heading? Must be a major manufacturer interested by now
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Old 2 Nov 2016, 21:38 (Ref:3684872)   #34
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Interesting that Ekstrom built 4 cars and didn't have a commitment moving forward
Can only imagine that he had financial input from Audi to build the second pair for promotional activity etc

Anyone know where solberg is heading? Must be a major manufacturer interested by now
Ekström had commitment for two years 2014 and 2015. At the end of 2015 it was either shutting the program down or go for it even harder in 2016. So this year was kinda of a one-season thing.

The Audi's are based on the S2000 Skoda Fabia, so not entirely built from scratch. He must have built two more for this season though since EKS did not have another car when Marklund crashed in Höljes last year.

As for Solberg, very quiet ...
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Old 2 Nov 2016, 21:52 (Ref:3684875)   #35
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I don't mind admitting that I'm a bit nervous about next year. The chatter this time of year was so much more positive and this year may have been the best year in terms of variety quality and quantity. Next year feels like it is tamping up for disappointment. I hope I'm wrong.
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Old 9 Nov 2016, 13:40 (Ref:3686749)   #36
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Maybe something exciting for next season

https://www.facebook.com/OlsbergsMse...type=3&theater
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Old 9 Nov 2016, 17:11 (Ref:3686794)   #37
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Looks shocking (pun intended)
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Old 10 Nov 2016, 09:57 (Ref:3686936)   #38
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Press release from Albatec Racing confirms Finnish driver Jere Kalliokoski for a full European campaign next year:

http://emailmarketing.createsend.co....40EF23F30FEDED

As that is the first press release I have seen concerning driver line up for 2017, I'm starting the list!

Albatec Racing - Peugeot 208 - Jere Kalliokoski (Euro RX)
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Old 12 Nov 2016, 10:06 (Ref:3687387)   #39
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WRX Austria seems to be building new cars for next year.

https://www.facebook.com/worldrxteam...type=3&theater

Paulius Pleskovas is planning to do the ERX with a brand new Ford Fiesta.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...59473387494448
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Heard today that Robin Larsson probably won't do WRX next season because of rising costs and not being able to fully match the manufactures. For example, they have only done one test this season while Loeb and Hansen regularly tests with Peugeot Sport down in France.
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Old 15 Nov 2016, 11:34 (Ref:3688226)   #41
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Heard today that Robin Larsson probably won't do WRX next season because of rising costs and not being able to fully match the manufactures. For example, they have only done one test this season while Loeb and Hansen regularly tests with Peugeot Sport down in France.
Thats a shame about Larsson he would do well in a funded car. he's nowhere to go either, cant see the ERC being attractive unless it raises its profile
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Heard today that Robin Larsson probably won't do WRX next season because of rising costs and not being able to fully match the manufactures.
Well that didn't take long did it? The inevitable rise in costs and the thinning of the grid has begun.
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Larsson has been achieving miracles, the team have a clever car and must be spending a fortune to compete at the same level.

Things will carry on for a time until ERC teams realise they are being fleeced, surely before long the few rounds they get will not be seen as enough and they will want 10 rounds or 12.

Right now they are nothing but a side show to make the entry look good, and surely, that eventually has to grate on sponsors, and teams.

They get a bit of coverage, but mainly on social media. Maybe that's enough, I don't know. If so it shows a total lack of ambition.

All you can hope is that someone can tempt them back into an ERC type series away from IMG, but I imagine that is going to contractually impossible and very very costly to the person trying it.

I hate to say I told you so, but the days of private driver and teams are long gone, the mainstay of rallycross for the last 40 years has been driven away by greed.

Progress some will say.
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Anyone know where solberg is heading? Must be a major manufacturer interested by now
Solberg has already talked about returning in 2017, hasn't he? There was a Mercedes rumour on ERC24 a few months ago, could that possibly be connected to Petter?

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Heard today that Robin Larsson probably won't do WRX next season because of rising costs and not being able to fully match the manufactures. For example, they have only done one test this season while Loeb and Hansen regularly tests with Peugeot Sport down in France.
That's a real shame, I hope that Larsson will do at least the European Championship and not disappear from rallycross altogether.

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Solberg has already talked about returning in 2017, hasn't he? There was a Mercedes rumour on ERC24 a few months ago, could that possibly be connected to Petter?


That's a real shame, I hope that Larsson will do at least the European Championship and not disappear from rallycross altogether.
Larsson's would be lost without rallycross theyve been around it for the best part of 20 years

Irony..... they were one of the best funded teams in mid 2000's when Lars was racing
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