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Old 29 Jan 2017, 19:43 (Ref:3707544)   #256
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It does not like a proper VW factory car though, if it was Solberg would not be able to do all this, it would be their way or nothing.

That is how factory teams work I am afraid, and there are none really in WRX other than Ford. No way would a team choose the Focus in WRX, it was MSports decision and Ford's, a private team would not have done that.

This still looks like a dealer team with VW financial and spares support, not a factory team.

Though IMG will of course tell you otherwise.
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Old 29 Jan 2017, 20:25 (Ref:3707573)   #257
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I have said it in the past too, there isn't real manufactures except for Ford and Hoonigan.

I am a bit unsure of VW. They did develop the car and their people will be at events. More than €8 million going into this project is probably more than any other team will invest this season.

A guy who has worked with Solberg thought he wouldn't get to house the cars and that they would be kept at VW between events. According to him Solberg would probably start working on the cars himself, which VW would not allow since they have the knowhow.
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Old 30 Jan 2017, 09:07 (Ref:3707716)   #258
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That is how factory teams work I am afraid, and there are none really in WRX other than Ford. No way would a team choose the Focus in WRX, it was MSports decision and Ford's, a private team would not have done that.
Do you think it was M-Sport who chose the Focus over the Fiesta? I thought it was a marketing decision by Ford, surely M-Sport would have preferred to stick with the Fiesta as they have more experience with it.

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A guy who has worked with Solberg thought he wouldn't get to house the cars and that they would be kept at VW between events. According to him Solberg would probably start working on the cars himself, which VW would not allow since they have the knowhow.
That's surely going to be frustrating for Solberg? No tweaking of the car(s) between events and, I assume, only testing on allocated days?
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Old 30 Jan 2017, 09:27 (Ref:3707721)   #259
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As I said, that is why Msport had to use the Focus, they are getting some of the money from Ford, the rest from Block and his empire, so yes it would be Ford's decision, not Msports, but they will also be using it as a testbed for WRC, the new WRC car looks a little like the Focus.

As for Solberg, that is what it's like driving for a factory, he has been a privateer in rallycross and WRC for a long time, so has got out of the habit!
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Old 30 Jan 2017, 16:24 (Ref:3707822)   #260
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Just noticed that there are a few shots from the first Solberg test on the Planet Marcus page:

http://planetemarcus.com/solberg-en-...-worldrx-2017/



Looking at the image, the car looks identical to the 2016 Polo WRC at this point. No rear radiator setup in place yet either?
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Old 30 Jan 2017, 18:41 (Ref:3707863)   #261
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The current car being tested is visually just a mule - they're only testing what's under the bonnet right now and the a new bodykit will come in due time...
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Old 30 Jan 2017, 19:04 (Ref:3707873)   #262
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The current car being tested is visually just a mule - they're only testing what's under the bonnet right now and the a new bodykit will come in due time...


I hope not as the Polo WRC is a pretty car / body kit!
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Old 1 Feb 2017, 21:34 (Ref:3708487)   #263
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World Austria RX team claiming that Timur won't be with them next year. Fingers crossed he gets a good drive, he was very good last year I thought. Wonder who will take his place?
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Tbtstt, you can add another three cars cars to the list of ERX. Hedström Motorsport announced on facebook today that they will field three cars in ERX with the Polos for Hedström himself and Alexander Hvaal, and the Fiesta for Joachim Hvaal.

However, Alexander will do the first three rounds and consider to continue if things goes well.
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Old 3 Feb 2017, 12:53 (Ref:3709006)   #265
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Tbtstt, you can add another three cars cars to the list of ERX. Hedström Motorsport announced on facebook today that they will field three cars in ERX with the Polos for Hedström himself and Alexander Hvaal, and the Fiesta for Joachim Hvaal.

However, Alexander will do the first three rounds and consider to continue if things goes well.
Ah, so they have!

PSRX/VW Sweden - Volkswagen Polo - Petter Solberg (World RX)
PSRX/VW Sweden - Volkswagen Polo - Johan Kristoffersson (World RX)
EKS - Audi S1 - Mattias Ekstrom (World RX)
EKS - Audi S1 - ? (World RX)

RX Racing - Ford Fiesta - Ollie O'Donovan (Euro RX & Select World RX)
Albatec Racing - Peugeot 208 - Jere Kalliokoski (Euro RX)
Albatec Racing - Peugeot 208 - Tommy Rustad (Euro RX)
Marklund Motorsport - Volkswagen Polo - Magda Andersson (Euro RX)
Marklund Motorsport - Volkswagen Polo - Anton Marklund (Euro RX)
JC Raceteknik - Ford Fiesta - Thomas Bryntesson (Euro RX)
JC Raceteknik - Ford Fiesta - Ola Froshaug (Euro RX)
Hedström Motorsport - Volkswagen Polo - Peter Hedström (Euro RX)
Hedström Motorsport - Volkswagen Polo - Alexander Hvaal (Euro RX)
Hedström Motorsport - Ford Fiesta - Joachim Hvaal (Euro RX)


DA Racing - Peugeot 208 - ? (World RX?)
DA Racing - Peugeot 208 - ? (World RX?)
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Old 3 Feb 2017, 14:01 (Ref:3709034)   #266
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So currently World RX is looking very thin on the ground
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So currently World RX is looking very thin on the ground
There are teams though that haven't officially announced their plans but can pretty much be expected based on social media posts.

Hoonigan and WRX Austria are testing already and Peugeot-Hansen should be a given team in WRX. DA racing wrote on Twitter JB Dubourg would do the entire WRX season after he won Andros.

I doubt though that there will be more than last years 17 cars.
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17 cars

Wow, lets book the tickets for Lydden right now

What a waste of space
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Wow, lets book the tickets for Lydden right now

What a waste of space
There will be around 25 supercars at Lydden no doubt about that. The World RX guys and Keersmaecker, donnavan, Maybe Rooke and Liam, godfrey, Procter and some surprises.
Than around 15-20 TC and 10-15 RX2.
Not the best of the year but also not bad.

I'm not 100% pro IMG and i fear the future aswell but you can also be negative on everything.
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TThe World RX guys and Keersmaecker, donnavan, Maybe Rooke and Liam, godfrey, Procter and some surprises.
Depends who's got the right ECU - that's what stopped a lot of the 'locals' last year.

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Than around 15-20 TC and 10-15 RX2.
Still a bit thin on the ground and neither is as good as S1600.

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I'm not 100% pro IMG and i fear the future aswell but you can also be negative on everything.
I'm inclined to agree with chunder on this one.
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