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Old 4 Mar 2018, 11:44 (Ref:3805702)   #46
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IMG being American must be desperate to have WRX over there.

that is all this is about, they are the evil multinational takeover type deal.

Just hovering like vultures.

Good luck to them, their series dies for me years ago.
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Old 5 Mar 2018, 12:18 (Ref:3805909)   #47
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Oregon Trail Rally – 20-22 April
Olympus Rally – 19-20 May
Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally – 1-2 June
New England Forest Rally – 20-21 July
Ojibwe Forests Rally – 24-25 August
Idaho Rally – 14-15 September
Tour de Forest Rally – 6-7 October
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“I am doing Oregon Trail Rally at the end of April, but to be honest all the preparation has been on rallycross as that is the main focus for the year"
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In a press release a few weeks ago Vermont SportsCar (Subaru USA) announced that Sandell and Atko will be running some American Rally Association events in lieu of Travis Pastrana who has conflicts with Nitro Circus.

Be interesting to see if this was to honor contracts with knowledge that GRC was ending? Vermont spent a lot of money developing those GRC cars and now don't have any return for it. Plus American is split between two major series in a country that sadly can't support one national series.

So Vermont are running Subaru's in the series that they pretty much own and fund with little to no competition except when Barry McKenna appears in his R5. Entries in ARA are probably going to be less than 50% the entries in the competing Rally America series. No TV coverage whatsoever of either series and only Subaru's excellent 'Launch Control' series really covers anything......

Interesting few weeks ahead.
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Old 14 Mar 2018, 11:35 (Ref:3807930)   #49
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IMG just launched the ARX: Americas Rallycross Championship. Opening round will take place at Silverstone (as part of the World round), R2 at Canada, R3 and Circuit of the Americas (alongside the World Championship rounds). Location of the fourth and final round to be confirmed.

VW (Andretti) and Subaru confirmed to enter.

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Old 14 Mar 2018, 12:28 (Ref:3807943)   #50
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It's complicated... WRX, GRC, ARX
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Old 14 Mar 2018, 12:30 (Ref:3807944)   #51
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IMG just launched the ARX: Americas Rallycross Championship. Opening round will take place at Silverstone (as part of the World round), R2 at Canada, R3 and Circuit of the Americas (alongside the World Championship rounds). Location of the fourth and final round to be confirmed.

VW (Andretti) and Subaru confirmed to enter.
Beetle and Subaru are full WRX cars?

So Lite teams can move to IMG or stay with GRC but have to invest money to upgrade cars. I doubt GRC will win this.
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Beetle and Subaru are full WRX cars?

So Lite teams can move to IMG or stay with GRC but have to invest money to upgrade cars. I doubt GRC will win this.
Max Pucher seems pretty switched on so his involvement/investment in the GRC makes me think there is a bigger picture I'm not seeing. As things stand now though, I am struggling to see how the GRC is going to draw drivers in this year.
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I am struggling to see how the GRC is going to draw drivers in this year.
The silhouette GRC with no manufacturers will have ridebuyers only, I guess.
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Max Pucher seems pretty switched on so his involvement/investment in the GRC makes me think there is a bigger picture I'm not seeing. As things stand now though, I am struggling to see how the GRC is going to draw drivers in this year.
It will depend on if the GRC will actually be able to keep their TV deal with NBC or not (or if they get bumped to NBC Sports exclusively)

If they can (and I think RedBull has that locked in so I am not meaning to imply there is much doubt) then you might still see teams like Brian Herta, Colin Dyne, Steve Arpin and such staying and other drivers bring backing.

VW Andretti and Subaru were never going to stay with a one make series unless they were the one make so their departure with Honda (I think the Honda contract ran through last season anyway) isn't shocking.

The real question is what marketing/TV package will IMG put together for Americas Rally Cross and will that sustain any independent teams or attract any other manufacturers.

Subaru is a small enough manufacturer that the fan engagement and activation programs around their rally cross and stage rally programs in the US can easily justify their expense even if the audience is as small as it is.

I suspect that VW Andretti is making the switch as there is a contract in place forcing Andretti to keep running the Beetles forcing them to leave the GRC and do ARX regardless of the media package.

So that's 4 cars for ARX, unless Honda goes over, Hoonigan goes back to ARX, and Arpin goes to ARX (which unless there is a good media package isn't going to happen) that will be 4 cars for which will make for a very poor showing.

There wasn't enough manufacturer teams/entries in the GRC last year to guarantee a good field for ARX once GRC went to the one make model without some private super car teams and atleast Dyne's car is up for sale already...
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Even less reason to go anywhere near this. IMG owning more is never a god thing
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Max Pucher seems pretty switched on so his involvement/investment in the GRC makes me think there is a bigger picture I'm not seeing. As things stand now though, I am struggling to see how the GRC is going to draw drivers in this year.
Maybe I am wrong but have the impression the Platinum cars and GRC Euro is more a initiative of Pucher than GRC.
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IMG just launched the ARX: Americas Rallycross Championship. Opening round will take place at Silverstone (as part of the World round), R2 at Canada, R3 and Circuit of the Americas (alongside the World Championship rounds). Location of the fourth and final round to be confirmed.

VW (Andretti) and Subaru confirmed to enter.
Any news for Silverstone (or at all, maybe a website or even a facebook account)? While no timetable for the event yet you'd have expected an entry list and a proper launch. Waiting till Canada or dead in the water?
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Any news for Silverstone (or at all, maybe a website or even a facebook account)? While no timetable for the event yet you'd have expected an entry list and a proper launch. Waiting till Canada or dead in the water?
There is an official website and Facebook, but both seem pretty quiet at the moment.

Based on what has been said thus far I believe that there should be at least four cars at Silverstone (two Beetles and two Scoobs) and at least six cars at the remaining three rounds (as the two Focus RS RX join the series).
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Silverstone have released a timetable that gives American RX their own qualifying heats separate from World RX (in Q3 at least). If there's going to be less than 10 cars (I would expect) then you might as well put them in with WRX then give them their own Semis (if needed) and Final.

Also ARX have on their website Rd2 is at CotA in July but no exact date yet.
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