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Old 18 Oct 2017, 07:55 (Ref:3774805)   #1
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2018 World Rally Championship

Thought I'd start a new thread for any news regarding the 2018 World Rally Championship to keep news separate from the 2017 stuff.

In driver news Ott Tanak has signed for Toyota:

http://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/news/octob...0--12-12-.html

I thought he'd stick with M-Sport as he's been going well in the Ford. It leaves M-Sport with a real problem too - if they don't keep Ogier then they're going to be short of a lead driver. Presumably Suninen can step up to replace Tanak but they'll need an experienced driver too.

Tanaks move also means Haninen is out at Toyota - no real surprise as he's been some way off Latvala all year.
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Old 18 Oct 2017, 12:17 (Ref:3774838)   #2
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Latvala-Tanak Toyota team would be a good lineup and hopefully they can be up there consistently in 2018
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Old 18 Oct 2017, 20:00 (Ref:3774923)   #3
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Latvala-Tanak Toyota team would be a good lineup and hopefully they can be up there consistently in 2018
The Toyota lineup looks good doesn't it? With Lappi in the 3rd car that's a very strong lineup.
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Old 18 Oct 2017, 20:33 (Ref:3774927)   #4
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Isn't four cars a possibility? Hyundai for example are considering it and there has been talks among the teams with FIA to maybe have four-car teams. Tidemand for example is hoping that this will happen.
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 02:00 (Ref:3783927)   #5
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Ogier and Evans sign for M-sport for 2018
https://www.motorsport.com/wrc/news/...d-2018-983975/

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Old 29 Nov 2017, 03:27 (Ref:3783934)   #6
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Ogier and Evans sign for M-sport for 2018
https://www.motorsport.com/wrc/news/...d-2018-983975/

Rumours was he/MSport were waiting on Ford to kick the sponsorship tin a bit harder. Any news if this happened?
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 03:50 (Ref:3783939)   #7
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Loeb is back!
Part time drive at Citroen, maybe at Mexico
https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...in-with-mexico
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 07:07 (Ref:3783958)   #8
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Ogier and Evans sign for M-sport for 2018
https://www.motorsport.com/wrc/news/...d-2018-983975/

Good news - that was always the most likely lineup once Tanak left, if Ogier hadn't signed M-Sport would have been in trouble - there aren't many other options available (and certainly none currently as good as Ogier).

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Part time drive at Citroen, maybe at Mexico
https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...in-with-mexico
Whilst that's big news it really doesn't say much for Citroens confidence in their current drivers does it?
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Good news - that was always the most likely lineup once Tanak left, if Ogier hadn't signed M-Sport would have been in trouble - there aren't many other options available (and certainly none currently as good as Ogier).
Yeah, still think its a real shame that we won't see Tanak in the Fiesta next year, but Evans has done well this year and I hope he can deliver again in 2018.

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Whilst that's big news it really doesn't say much for Citroens confidence in their current drivers does it?
Citroen have always been ignorant of the opinion of any non-Gallic driver. I could maybe understand that attitude when they were on top of the sport, but after this year you'd like to think there would be a change in attitude.
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It's a no brainer for Ogier to stay, he's still got it and it will mean more if someone beats him to the title. Glad Evans is alongside him too. I'm not sure if even Loeb could have done much with that Citroen though
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Rumours was he/M-Sport were waiting on Ford to kick the sponsorship tin a bit harder. Any news if this happened?
Still nothing official from Ford; though on Colin Clark's podcast he seems certain they're back. Maybe they're just increasing technical, and financial support - but still not enough for it to be 'official'. Which I think personally is disappointing.



As was mentioned on the Absolute Rally podcast a few weeks ago, if the double WRC Champions can’t attract official backing and/or a major title sponsor, then something isn’t quite right with the WRC. I hope I’m wrong and Ford come back officially……

Currently, Ford are backing NASCAR and IMSA which are basically both domestic series, plus the WEC, which apart from 1 race isn’t a massive series.
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You never know, they might do it judging by how well they’ve done in 2017
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 11:59 (Ref:3784022)   #13
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Putting 2+2 together.
Ogier demands a fast car and lots of money. Citroen has fast cars but not enough money. Malcolm has fast cars and enough money. Ford pull out of WRX and win the WRC.
So either Ford are increasing their budget or a much better sponsorship deal has been struck.
Either way M-sport are golden.
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Putting 2+2 together.
Ogier demands a fast car and lots of money. Citroen has fast cars but not enough money. Malcolm has fast cars and enough money. Ford pull out of WRX and win the WRC.
So either Ford are increasing their budget or a much better sponsorship deal has been struck.
Either way M-sport are golden.
Not sure about that:
  • Ogier demands a fast car and lots of money. - Yep
  • Citroen has fast cars but not enough money. - Not sure here. Citroen probably have the slowest car but I'd have thought did have the money.
  • Malcolm has fast cars and enough money. - Yep
  • So either Ford are increasing their budget or a much better sponsorship deal has been struck. - Or Evans is cheaper than Tanak freeing up cash
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