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Old 9 Jul 2019, 21:07 (Ref:3916748)   #76
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Kalle Rovanpera has a full time drive for Toyota next season - so who's out? Meeke or Latavla? (or both)
Is he going to the big league a bit too early?

I reckon it's Latvala on his way out but that's just my gut feeling. Both are in the last chance saloon and I think they know it. Might kick Meeke into gear or it might make Latvala sink into a ever deepening self-doubt quagmire! Always beating himself up remorselessly about his mistakes and not have the 'feeling' with the car.
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Old 17 Jul 2019, 11:50 (Ref:3918141)   #77
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Evans is going to sit out Finland after suffering an injury in Estonia - really bad luck for him. M-Sport still fielding 3 cars - Suninen, Paddon and Greensmith.
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Old 17 Jul 2019, 19:14 (Ref:3918221)   #78
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I was hoping that Tidemand would get another chance. But it seems like his WRC days has come to an end already ...
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Old 29 Jul 2019, 13:23 (Ref:3920235)   #79
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Was hoping that Paddon might be able to deliver a result for M-Sport this weekend, but that isn't going to happen now...

https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...ter-test-crash

...the car looks absolutely buggered.
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Old 29 Jul 2019, 13:59 (Ref:3920237)   #80
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I can't imagine how crushed he must feel. I was hoping this would be start of a return for him.
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Old 29 Jul 2019, 20:12 (Ref:3920304)   #81
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What a shame, I was really looking forward to him coming back
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Old 7 Aug 2019, 14:52 (Ref:3921820)   #82
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Finland done and dusted - I haven't watched the coverage yet but the result certainly helps Tanak towards the title. Good to see that the top 3 are all driving different cars as well - it shows how competitive the championship is again. I thought Breen had a pretty good weekend - will he get a full time seat again somewhere next season?

Tommi Makinen has come out in support of Meeke again after another bad weekend for him - what are the chances of Meeke being in the WRC next season? No way back at Citroen and you've got to think he's running out of chances at Toyota as well.

Evans will miss Germany as he's still not recovered from his back injury, Greensmith will be in the Fiesta again as a replacement - I thought they might have put Paddon in but I guess Greensmith has had more time in the car.
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Old 7 Aug 2019, 18:34 (Ref:3921845)   #83
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Finland done and dusted - I haven't watched the coverage yet but the result certainly helps Tanak towards the title. Good to see that the top 3 are all driving different cars as well - it shows how competitive the championship is again. I thought Breen had a pretty good weekend - will he get a full time seat again somewhere next season?

Tommi Makinen has come out in support of Meeke again after another bad weekend for him - what are the chances of Meeke being in the WRC next season? No way back at Citroen and you've got to think he's running out of chances at Toyota as well.

Evans will miss Germany as he's still not recovered from his back injury, Greensmith will be in the Fiesta again as a replacement - I thought they might have put Paddon in but I guess Greensmith has had more time in the car.
I fear it may well be over for Kris come the season's end. I sincerely hope I'm wrong because I've always been a fan but if Toyota lose the manufacturer's title to Hyundai, he may well get the blame. As Latvala alluded to, driving under pressure like he was, isn't much fun and you tend to make more mistakes. Kris must be feeling the heat (like Mikkelsen was - allegedly).

Breen was very impressive on his cameo and Ott was just, Ott i.e. fast and fearless!

PS: It is me or do the organisers need to consider extending the 'landing' zone at the end of the RUUHIMÄKI super special?
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Old 7 Aug 2019, 20:04 (Ref:3921858)   #84
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Standings after Finland:

1. EST Ott Tänak (Toyota), 180
2. FRA Sébastien Ogier (Citroën), 158
3. BEL Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), 155
4. GBR Elfyn Evans (Ford), 78
5. NOR Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai), 71
6. FIN Teemu Suninen (Ford), 66
7. GBR Kris Meeke (Toyota), 60
8. FIN Esapekka Lappi (Citroën), 58
9. FIN Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota), 56
10. ESP Dani Sordo (Hyundai), 52
11. FRA Sébastien Loeb (Hyundai), 39
12. FIN Kalle Rovanperä, 16
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Tanak is looking good, just hope his Toyota holds together till the end of the season this time
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Tänak is superior alright, can't imagine him not winning the title and the Toyota looked just as strong this round. When was the last time a manufacture filled the podium in WRC?

Ogier said he cannot drive the C3, oof!
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Tänak is superior alright, can't imagine him not winning the title and the Toyota looked just as strong this round. When was the last time a manufacture filled the podium in WRC?
Really good from Tanak and well done to Toyota on the podium lockout. Has to be said that Neuville was really unlucky with the puncture, without that he's have spoiled the Toyota party.

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Savage. The drivers said it was a handful last year and Lappi has at times looked broken this year tring to wrestle a result from it. Ogier saying it though has got to hurt - he's Citroens golden boy.
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Old 1 Sep 2019, 19:28 (Ref:3925272)   #88
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So the prodigal son has returned, and still hasn't sorted the troublesome car out....

In all seriousness, it was always going to be a difficult task. The car obviously has design flaws that just can't be ironed out. And all this after taking 2016 out to hit the ground running in 2017.

Going by the end of stage interviews, Ogier looks browbeaten trying to drive the car consistently quick.
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So the prodigal son has returned, and still hasn't sorted the troublesome car out....

In all seriousness, it was always going to be a difficult task. The car obviously has design flaws that just can't be ironed out. And all this after taking 2016 out to hit the ground running in 2017.

Going by the end of stage interviews, Ogier looks browbeaten trying to drive the car consistently quick.
It's an odd one isn't it? Citroen had built decent WRC cars (arguably the best) for some time, the regs changed and they haven't been able to get a handle on the new car at all (even with the year of testing as you say). The car certainly looks 'edgy' - Meeke was always on the verge of an accident (or having one), Breen was constantly having problems with it and now neither Lappi nor Ogier can consistently get the car to behave as they want. At times this season Lappi and Ogier have looked and sounded like broken men - how have Citroen got it so wrong with this car?

In other new Hyundai have announced their lineups for Spain and GB:

Spain: Neuville, Sordo, Loeb
GB: Neuville, Mikklesen, Breen

No real surprise to see Loeb and Sordo in for Spain, interesting to see Breen get another run out though, I'd assumed his previous outing was a one off.
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Paddon is getting a couple more WRC event outings - in an R5 Fiesta on rally GB then in a WRC Fiesta in Australia. Hopefully he has a bit more luck this time!
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