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Old 14 Dec 2018, 23:14 (Ref:3870370)   #196
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The pre-WRX generation is gone, now the current generation is leaving.

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Old 14 Dec 2018, 23:31 (Ref:3870376)   #197
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Well Well the final pieces of the FIAWorldRX Jigsaw has fallen apart, All 4 works backed teams leave for various reasons !!!!. Time now for caps on budgets, test days, and place weight penalties on event winners or boost adjustments like British touring cars, works well and keeps the field tight all season. Good luck to them all in there future Motorsport Adventures. PSRX Teams future WRC2 Polos Petter and Johan part works run !. Peugeot ! Ford !. EKS Dtm Manager, Bakkerud driver !.

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Old 15 Dec 2018, 10:24 (Ref:3870455)   #198
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Funny how people complained that the manufacturers were ruining the sport, now they’ve gone people say it’s dead. Make your mind up, people.


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Old 15 Dec 2018, 10:32 (Ref:3870456)   #199
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Are you missing something? That's the whole point! Because the manufacturers took over the sport, dictated why should have happened despite having zero interest in Rallycross before.

IMG was happy to serve the manufacturers and ex Rally and DTM drivers and now they all leave Rallycross as fast as they entered. Some because they want to electrify Rallycross too soon. The whole problem is that Rallycross shouldn't be the most advanced series in the world, it's not F1!

Even this wouldn't be a problem, but all the the WRX drivers are now turning their heads because they don't have factory support. It's a said development. Probably Hansen's are the only one from beginning to end...
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Old 15 Dec 2018, 13:15 (Ref:3870487)   #200
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Funny how people complained that the manufacturers were ruining the sport, now they’ve gone people say it’s dead. Make your mind up, people.
It's just the usual thing you see in a series when the manufacturers turn up - costs go up, the privateers are forced out, it turns into an arms race between the manufacturers, costs go up, the manufacturers leave because it's too expensive and the series is dead as the private entries have dried up. (Same thing with Group C sportscars, Super Touring etc. etc.)

Seems that series that prevent manufacturer entries are maybe a better idea? GT3 and TCR are decent examples (although of course there are some suspiciously 'works' teams in GT3 - but the cars are available as customer cars and BOP keeps them in check)
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Old 15 Dec 2018, 18:44 (Ref:3870545)   #201
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I think that the future of rallycross specs is in Argentina.
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Old 21 Dec 2018, 11:54 (Ref:3871792)   #202
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https://www.motorsport.com/world-rx/...-2019/4315823/

First confirmed driver. Scheider full season entry with Munnich running at select rounds.

Unconfirmed:
STARD almost certainly with Baumanis and hoping for a second driver.
ESmotorsport with a new Skoda, could be 1 or 2 cars.
Hansen Sr hoping to run the Peugeots independently.

Plus about 7 full time run cars (from about 4 teams) who could well stay. We might see 16 cars at some rounds next year.
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Old 21 Dec 2018, 12:14 (Ref:3871797)   #203
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First confirmed driver. Scheider full season entry with Munnich running at select rounds.

Unconfirmed:
STARD almost certainly with Baumanis and hoping for a second driver.
ESmotorsport with a new Skoda, could be 1 or 2 cars.
Hansen Sr hoping to run the Peugeots independently.

Plus about 7 full time run cars (from about 4 teams) who could well stay. We might see 16 cars at some rounds next year.
You can add at least two cars from GKC with Chicherit with Marklund/Doran and two cars from GRX with one being Grönholm.
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Old 2 Jan 2019, 09:49 (Ref:3873579)   #204
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STARD confirms Janis Baumanis as first driver in the 2019 World Championship:

http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/ar...is-baumanis-as

Interesting to see who the second car goes to (and I wonder if they are building one or two new cars?)

Given the above, I reckon we have enough names to start a list:

Munnich Motorsport - Timo Scheider - Seat Ibiza (World RX)
STARD - Janis Baumanis - Ford Fiesta (World RX)
STARD - ? - Ford Fiesta (World RX)
ES Motorsport - ? - Skoda Fabia (World RX)

Munnich Motorsport - Rene Munnich - Seat Ibiza (Select World RX)
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Old 2 Jan 2019, 10:26 (Ref:3873586)   #205
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Mads Ostberg tested the ES Fabia and was talking about possibly competing in WRX - it'll be interesting to see if that comes off.

Also is there any news about the EKS cars? What's going to happen with those? Given that Audi have pulled the plug and the cars have a limited life (given the impending arrival of electric) then I'd have thought Ekstrom would be keen to offload the cars. I'd expect Hansen to run a couple of Peugeots so presumably there's a couple of those available as well if anyone wants them?
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Old 2 Jan 2019, 11:29 (Ref:3873595)   #206
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STARD confirms Janis Baumanis as first driver in the 2019 World Championship:

http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/ar...is-baumanis-as

Interesting to see who the second car goes to (and I wonder if they are building one or two new cars?)

Given the above, I reckon we have enough names to start a list:

Munnich Motorsport - Timo Scheider - Seat Ibiza (World RX)
STARD - Janis Baumanis - Ford Fiesta (World RX)
STARD - ? - Ford Fiesta (World RX)
ES Motorsport - ? - Skoda Fabia (World RX)

Munnich Motorsport - Rene Munnich - Seat Ibiza (Select World RX)
Plus
Xite Racing - Oliver Bennet - BMW Mini Cooper (World RX)
Xite Racing - ? - Ford Fiesta (Euro RX)
And if they decide to make a new car again
Xite Racing - ? - ? (World RX)

They're also looking to link up with an existing team, SLR with Demoustier would be a good fit as they each ran 1 car last year.

Ostberg is looking to run in WRC-2 with only part time WRX running.
EKS built 8 cars over 5 years and will sell them. Ekstrom said they would help the new owners of the cars but that EKS would not run at all in 2019 and he will not do a full WRX season ever again.
If Hansen can get a budget they will run 2 cars for the Hansens.
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Old 2 Jan 2019, 12:41 (Ref:3873602)   #207
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Xite Racing - Oliver Bennet - BMW Mini Cooper (World RX)
Xite Racing - ? - Ford Fiesta (Euro RX)
And if they decide to make a new car again
Xite Racing - ? - ? (World RX)

They're also looking to link up with an existing team, SLR with Demoustier would be a good fit as they each ran 1 car last year.

Ostberg is looking to run in WRC-2 with only part time WRX running.
EKS built 8 cars over 5 years and will sell them. Ekstrom said they would help the new owners of the cars but that EKS would not run at all in 2019 and he will not do a full WRX season ever again.
If Hansen can get a budget they will run 2 cars for the Hansens.
Yeah, Bennett looks set to do something, but I left him off the list as I am not sure whether he is committing to Worlds or Euros!

EKS was eight cars then? I read a comment that there were 5 "original" cars and we saw three on the 2018 spec cars, but I wasn't sure if car number 3 was a new build or a modified original spec car: guess it was a new build?

Two of those five have gone to Cometoyou, haven't they? Ekstrom said he would retain the Championship winning car, so that potentially leaves two original cars and three 2018 spec cars up for grabs?

As much as I hate to see racing cars sitting gathering dust, I wonder if it would be better if the 2018 Audi and Peugeot cars are not sold to privateers: I think it will be a much closer season without those cars.
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Old 14 Jan 2019, 17:13 (Ref:3876121)   #208
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Pailler Competition have acquired one of the Peugeot Sport 208's:

Pailler Competition Official Facebook Page

How many cars did Peugeot Sport build? I am assuming four in total?
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In 2017, the cars were built by Peugeot and before that season I don't know. Kevin was in a 2016-spec car the entire season, unless he didn't get a new one after his crash on Mettet. At least two cars.

They had new cars for Timmy and Loeb when the 2018 season started and Kevin was then in an upgraded 2017 car. For Höljes, Timmy and Loeb got two new cars and Kevin switched to the car Loeb had used before Höljes. That is four cars, making it six in total. This is where I completely lose track of their cars from 2017 and onwards.

PSRX VW for example had a car just for testing, having three in total each season. I don't know if Peugeot built cars just for testing or if they used upgraded, older cars.

When Peugeot Sport streamed the reasons for their withdrawal on Facebook, they had at least two cars in the workshop while one car was testing in Montalegre. This was also after the teams had shipped their cars to South Africa.
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Old 17 Jan 2019, 13:33 (Ref:3876713)   #210
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Swedish team JC Raceteknik, who has ran cars for Bryntesson and Frøshaug in ERX among other things, has bought two Audis from EKS. Ekström's championship winning car from 2016 is one of them.

https://www.vf.se/2019/01/17/kilstea...dsmastarbilen/
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