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Old 16 Feb 2019, 21:24 (Ref:3884682)   #31
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Went to Vargåsen today. The WRC cars are so fast!

Been some good action overall during the day and the roads held up better than yesterday, besides from Hagfors. Tänak will probably run off with the win but the battle right behind for the podium is quite thrilling.

But my god, the amount of drunken and partying people is tragic for the rest. On one stage some drunk 18-year olds cut down a tree that fell on to the stage and almost hit a competitor. And at Vargåsen some people could barely stand on their legs, with a few very close to getting on to the stage in the middle of running.
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Old 18 Feb 2019, 21:09 (Ref:3885105)   #32
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Went to Vargåsen today. The WRC cars are so fast!

Been some good action overall during the day and the roads held up better than yesterday, besides from Hagfors. Tänak will probably run off with the win but the battle right behind for the podium is quite thrilling.

But my god, the amount of drunken and partying people is tragic for the rest. On one stage some drunk 18-year olds cut down a tree that fell on to the stage and almost hit a competitor. And at Vargåsen some people could barely stand on their legs, with a few very close to getting on to the stage in the middle of running.
Yikes! Sweden is on my list of rallies but that kind of excessive consumption puts me off. I suppose people in that kinda state are mostly harmless..mostly. Kinda reminds me of when I went to Finland all those years. Lots of folks in the forest in a daze very early in the morning but they mostly kept themselves to themselves.

Anyway, Tanak had speed to throw away last weekend. He and Toyota are going to clean up this year if Ott keeps it on the road while setting alien stage times - and the car holds together. It seemed a little fragile last year. Impressive pace from Teemu on day 1 too. The Ford still has some pace in it even if it's early in the season.
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Old 19 Feb 2019, 10:13 (Ref:3885174)   #33
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Impressive from Tanak all weekend (again) - as you say if the Toyota is less fragile than last year then Tanak has to be the clear favourite for the title. It seemed this weekend that everyone else was making mistakes whilst Tanak was error free and fast. What it did seem to show though is that the different cars all seem close in pace again this year which has to be good.

Hyundai have also elected to replace Mikklesen with Sordo for Corsica - meaning that the lineup will be Neuville, Sordo and Loeb - getting the tarmac specialists in seems like a good idea. I assume they'll take the same approach at other tarmac events later in the season too.
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Old 22 Feb 2019, 11:55 (Ref:3885933)   #34
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It will be interesting to see how Tanak will manage the first day of cleaning in Mexico compared to the two closest rival.

I'm also curious to see if he will reach the whining level of Seb
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Old 4 Mar 2019, 23:24 (Ref:3888302)   #35
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Some interest in the Belgian Rally Championship?
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Old 5 Mar 2019, 08:30 (Ref:3888351)   #36
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5 Spike showed a preview to Mexico, so does that mean we will see coverage back on C5?
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Old 5 Mar 2019, 09:18 (Ref:3888358)   #37
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Some interest in the Belgian Rally Championship?
I have seen some great clips from Belgium over the years (the RallyMedia You Tube channel has loads of great videos), but never found a reliable source for coverage!

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5 Spike showed a preview to Mexico, so does that mean we will see coverage back on C5?
Hopefully, as it's nice to have the hour long round up. The Red Bull TV coverage has been pretty good this year though, so I will be watching that whenever I can.
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Old 5 Mar 2019, 09:25 (Ref:3888362)   #38
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All valid points Greensmith ticked all the boxes - win, learn, don't bin it. Of the R5 cars the Fabia seems to have an edge over the Fiesta and Citroen (but not much). The R5 class as a whole (not just at WRC level) seems to be quite well balanced.
Yes its great and I think its one of the strongest local championships in Europe. Every year I go to several BRC rally and its great. About coverage its quite difficult. Some Belgian local tv is doing some coverage after the event but you are still dependent on the livetiming.
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Old 5 Mar 2019, 11:04 (Ref:3888376)   #39
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tb there are counrtless good sites for Belgian, devillers being one, but watch a few and the links come in n the right.

Joost doesnt do as much as he did, went off chasing WRC rounds and doesnt post as much as he did.

Very keen to do Ypres this year actually, just a dayy trip, depends on the Brexit nonsense
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Gentlemen, where are you all? Not a single comment about a dramatic Corsica last weekend? I better not say anything just yet in case folks are still waiting to watch it.
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I saw it. Gutted for Evans, just that hole in the road prevented him from winning. At least the title race is still close
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Gentlemen, where are you all? Not a single comment about a dramatic Corsica last weekend? I better not say anything just yet in case folks are still waiting to watch it.
I've not seen it all yet - I've watched some of it. Meeke still looks to be overdriving - picking up damage again that ruins his rally. Have to admit I was surprised by the pace of the Fiesta - I thought that'd be bottom of the pile but if anything the Citroen looked to be struggling on the tarmac with even Ogier not able to wring any more pace out of it - both him and Lappi seemed to think they were getting the most out of the car but the times just weren't there. Loeb joined Meeke in damaging the car early so didn't really figure in the fight after that.

There seemed to be a lot of punctures - people taking risks with big cuts on corners? Or are those tyres just a bit weak on the sidewalls?
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Have to be honest, most rallying footage has been North Wales and North West stages, both looked amazing!!!
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Old 4 Apr 2019, 09:56 (Ref:3895204)   #44
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Gentlemen, where are you all? Not a single comment about a dramatic Corsica last weekend? I better not say anything just yet in case folks are still waiting to watch it.
Caught up with it yesterday, the disappointment on Elfyn Evans face For whatever reason he didn't deserve that result.
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...Meeke still looks to be overdriving...surprised by the pace of the Fiesta...Citroen looked to be struggling on the tarmac...
I'm not sure Meeke is overdriving. It looks to me like he's made a concerted effort to reign it in a bit. Just a little unlucky I thought. Still the speed is there so it will come, he's been blisteringly fast on at least two power stages this year. Yes, I know, that alone won't win a rally let alone a championship but better being fast and turning it down a notch than being slow no matter what you try.

Latvala was nowhere, I know he wears his heart on his sleeve but I'm always surprised when he admits his head is gone. Ok, he doesn't use those exact words but he practically infers it by talking about the feeling not being there etc. He's honest, there's no BS with him but I can't help feeling he'll be forced into retirement next season. If Toyota were to go down to two cars, I suspect he might be one shown the door.

Perhaps Lappi might come back because he looks so so unhappy in that Citroen. Jeez! He's miserable at stage end. Looks completely at sea and he doesn't know why. Contrast with Breen's emotions when he was in the hot seat.

Evans and the Fiesta were a real surprise as you say. Teemu backed it up too and was probably being cautious to finish after the start to the season he has had.
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