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Old 15 Dec 2018, 00:42 (Ref:3870380)   #31
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I still think the WRC is a lot more competitive than it was a decade ago
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Old 15 Dec 2018, 13:22 (Ref:3870490)   #32
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Mikkelsen will do the whole season along with Neuville while Sordo and Loeb will do share the third car, leaving Paddon out.
Ah - thanks - I'd either missed that or forgotten it - so I'd agree, it's not the best lineup they could have had.

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There aren't enough cars for drivers who belongs in the WRC IMO. The repercussions of other teams (VW leaving and now Citroen only fielding two cars etc) has turned things upside down for drivers.
Agreed - I think the problem is that you don't get privateer entries in WRC now - I guess the current generation of WR cars is just too expensive to run for a full season on a privateer budget?

WRC2 is a good class as a support and I think entry costs there are more achievable for privateers as the 'off the shelf' R5 cars are readily available. I think maybe better coverage of the WRC2 class would be a good step - the action there certainly seems to warrant it.

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I still think the WRC is a lot more competitive than it was a decade ago
Agreed - this last couple of seasons since the latest cars were introduced have been really good. Next season will be interesting with all the driver moves but hopefully it'll still be as close.
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Old 16 Dec 2018, 11:43 (Ref:3870654)   #33
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Agreed - I think the problem is that you don't get privateer entries in WRC now - I guess the current generation of WR cars is just too expensive to run for a full season on a privateer budget?
In 2017 only manufacturers were allowed to enter but they changed it before this season. However, only two privateers entered with M-Sport supplying the cars. PH Sport, an affiliate of Citroen, had planned to rent out a car for rounds this season but no one entered.

Finally, Citroen offered ōstberg a third car next season but it would come at a cost of 3 000 000-4 000 000Ä.
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Old 16 Dec 2018, 12:14 (Ref:3870667)   #34
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I still think the WRC is a lot more competitive than it was a decade ago
Which isn't hard; 2008 into 2009 saw just Citroen & Ford, after Subaru & Suzuki pull the plug pre Christmas.

But, I think we need to make the most of the current era, as already its seemingly unsustainable. Cars which are expensive and you're lucky if you get to see 10-12 on an event.
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Old 16 Dec 2018, 12:33 (Ref:3870669)   #35
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Well all we need is VW to make a comeback
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Old 17 Dec 2018, 15:26 (Ref:3870872)   #36
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I wonder how Mr. Loeb and Mr. Elena will reconcile Dakar and Monte.
No time to rest for them.
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Old 18 Dec 2018, 15:55 (Ref:3871159)   #37
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M-Sport may not be in WRC next season:

https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...for-wrc-future

They're short on funding and the entry deadline is looming. It'd be sad to see them drop out of the championship - and without them next season may not live up to the past couple of years.
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Old 18 Dec 2018, 18:34 (Ref:3871197)   #38
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I hope they are able to make it. Would mean less opportunities and less cars if they weren't, which won't help
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Old 19 Dec 2018, 13:49 (Ref:3871400)   #39
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Did they lose Red Bull sponsorship?
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Old 19 Dec 2018, 14:43 (Ref:3871423)   #40
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It would be an awful shame to lose M-Sport from the championship. They've contributed so much to it over the years.
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Old 19 Dec 2018, 16:02 (Ref:3871448)   #41
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Did they lose Red Bull sponsorship?
The Red Bull sponsorship came with Ogier - he's gone so the sponsorship has gone too. Evans had(has?) some Red Bull backing but not to the same level. So M-Sport have no title sponsor and little (any?) manufacturer backing.
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Old 21 Dec 2018, 15:35 (Ref:3871830)   #42
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M-Sport has been confirmed by FIA as a manufacture for the upcoming season. https://www.fia.com/news/2019-fia-wo...gi6MOPaM7dSSdg

Pontus Tidemand will do Monte Carlo and Sweden with M-Sport. https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artike...06g0YmMyj22ZYc
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Old 21 Dec 2018, 15:46 (Ref:3871831)   #43
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Interesting - so have they found the budget they need or are they going to do a part season (so Tidemund in for the two announced events only and then others as and when drivers/funding are found)?
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Old 21 Dec 2018, 17:04 (Ref:3871837)   #44
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To answer my own question - M-Sport now confirmed their 'intended continuation' in the WRC with Evans and Suninen - so on the face of it good news - but the 'intended' part of it suggests there's still some doubt.
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Old 21 Dec 2018, 18:32 (Ref:3871857)   #45
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Well Iím sure they have the budget for the first few rallies, it remains to be seen if they can do a full season
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