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Old 6 Apr 2019, 12:12 (Ref:3895686)   #481
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I just hope Hansen's car isn't FUBAR. Quite a blow if they only have two cars from Peugeot.

It's 40 degrees apparently, could surely mess with ones mind.

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Old 6 Apr 2019, 12:13 (Ref:3895687)   #482
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I was being sarcastic because tracks like Estering, Montalegre and Lydden have been replaced by crap like Silverstone and Abu Dhabi.

Back in 2014/2015 even the 'new' tracks were better than what we have now. Of the recent additions only Riga and maybe Kilarney have any real merit.

I'll continue to subscribe to the YouTube channel, I still like watching the racing
There have been 21 circuits in WRX history. 14 are brand new. That is a high turnover of circuits.

I will add that Riga, Kilarney, Hockenheim and Barcelona were all designed by the same company (Apex design, no I don't work for them) and I would say those and Trois-RiviŤres are my top 5 new tracks. No idea who designed any others (except Silverstone) but they are all bad.

Spa does look super cool though. I'm waiting to see the banking.
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Old 6 Apr 2019, 12:52 (Ref:3895695)   #483
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Bakkerud is only carrying on the tradition of Hunsbedt as being a rammer, he did it most of his career apart from the years in Schanches old Escort which was a superb car.

Andreas needs to stop believing his own and his rather OTT fans hype. If he doesn;t win it this year, well I would be callng it quits.

Isachsen, Hansen, Timur, Opland never needed to get involved in so much contact to win, oh, hang on there is a moral to the story!
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Old 6 Apr 2019, 13:37 (Ref:3895707)   #484
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I have followed WRX since 2014 but never thought of Bakkerud as a rough racer. He massively messed up counting to 4 and he should be penalised for it but I'm confused why everyone is against him. If anyone gives examples of him being rough I would change my opinion though so feel free to give some. I might have not been paying attention.

Also the end of the race runoff/whatever has had 3 separate incidences this weekend. Clearly it is not clear enough and they need to display a checkered flag or something before the final corner to tell people it is the finish.
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Old 6 Apr 2019, 19:29 (Ref:3895778)   #485
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Loads of people made the same mistake, looked to me that Baumanis and Szabo did it in the final.

They need to rethink the finish and those stupid kerbs but at least the first 3 corners gave some good racing. Liam was mighty through there in the final.

Agreed that the ones you say are Apex tracks are generally better, although Iím not keen on how tight Barcelona is at the bottom hairpin.


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Old 6 Apr 2019, 21:43 (Ref:3895802)   #486
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Bakkerud isn't the worst offender, but he has tried some pretty heavy handed moves over the years. That said I thought he looked shaken when interviewed at the start of Q4 so I am inclined to believe it was a genuine mistake.

I have never really warmed to Timmy Hansen but, even though I am not a massive fan, that was a rubbish way for his weekend to end.

I thought I saw Baumanis and Szabo go astray during the final as well. Not sure if I agree with the penalty for Gronholm as it wasn't exactly massive contact. Still, great drive from Kevin and definitely a mix of names at the top of the timesheets.

Peugeot 208 looks quick and, for this weekend at least, trouble free.
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Old 7 Apr 2019, 09:29 (Ref:3895842)   #487
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Watched it last night and thought I would give it a chance. Some of the driving standards are fairly poor, some pretty low rent moves from low rent drivers.

But the track does not help, If I was Nitiss team I would be suing, as that kerb is fair enough for hotlapping but a total danger when grids of cars go through, what could he do there? So dangerous.

Merge was in such a dangerous place, so many guys hitting the wall, not sure I buy into Bakkerud saying he thought it was last lap, these guys have been racing for years, surely they know the laps left? But agreed, I thought his throttle jammed. Not a ram.

And Niclas was rightly docked, that was a bum move and he should ave been docked.

And much as hate to admit it, Gormo drive well for third.
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Old 8 Apr 2019, 05:07 (Ref:3896112)   #488
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On friday Bakkerud asked Hansen if he knows what a rear bumper costs at the press conference after a soft touch.
One day later he craches in the other Hansen car en bend it...
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Old 8 Apr 2019, 05:15 (Ref:3896113)   #489
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There have been 21 circuits in WRX history. 14 are brand new. That is a high turnover of circuits.

I will add that Riga, Kilarney, Hockenheim and Barcelona were all designed by the same company (Apex design, no I don't work for them) and I would say those and Trois-RiviŤres are my top 5 new tracks. No idea who designed any others (except Silverstone) but they are all bad.

Spa does look super cool though. I'm waiting to see the banking.
For me Hockenheim is the one to come back.
Very good track, real dirt, you can see the entire track from every position, cheap in combination with DTM, good spectator comfort, central in Europe... no downsites for me.

Have seen some of the best racing in the modern rallycross there!
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Old 8 Apr 2019, 08:23 (Ref:3896168)   #490
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Itís a real shame MSV couldnít be persuaded to re-create the Rallycross GP circuit at Brands. Itís an excellent viewing circuit and the rallycross track was great, really part of rallycross history.

The main problem was noise restrictions iirc.
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Old 8 Apr 2019, 08:25 (Ref:3896171)   #491
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And much as hate to admit it, Gormo drive well for third.
High praise indeed. I thought there was some smart driving from Liam, the move he pulled on Timerzyanov in the semi-final was great. Let's hope it lasts.

As I said in my previous post I have never really warmed to Timmy and, although it was a rubbish way for his weekend to end (and I wouldn't want to see him injured), it's hard to feel that sympathetic for him when he torpedoed that Megane at Estering last year.

The landing from the jump looked really hard on the cars. I know there was a clip of Bennett nosing in on the landing during the press day, so I guess they have made some changes, but it still looked pretty rough.

Interesting comment with regards to the track design, I didn't know there was more than one company involved. I would agree that some of the new circuits are much better than others.
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Old 8 Apr 2019, 09:03 (Ref:3896176)   #492
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Itís a real shame MSV couldnít be persuaded to re-create the Rallycross GP circuit at Brands. Itís an excellent viewing circuit and the rallycross track was great, really part of rallycross history.

The main problem was noise restrictions iirc.
I agree, that was a great place to go. Shame it's no longer there, it was one of the best, it was a great rival to Lydden
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Old 8 Apr 2019, 11:23 (Ref:3896207)   #493
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I doubt there are any noise restrictions at Brands, not that would affect rallycross much.

WRX or British cars are no noisier than most other racing cars and less so than historics that run at Brands countles times over the year.

It simply is the case that Palmer is not interested, never has been and would not want to do the construction work at Brands to have it there. He simply has not got the space.
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Old 8 Apr 2019, 12:12 (Ref:3896221)   #494
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I doubt there are any noise restrictions at Brands, not that would affect rallycross much.

WRX or British cars are no noisier than most other racing cars and less so than historics that run at Brands countles times over the year.
Some venues have a limit on the number of events they can hold in a year though. So the actually noise of the car isn't a problem, just that they want to run other things. Similar to how Castle Combe don't generally run on Sundays because of the village.

However I agree that in the case of Brands it's probably a space/payoff kind of thing. Why spend thousands on a rallycross track when instead you can improve your corporate suites? Somewhere like Pembrey it makes sense to invest in the track, because you need to attract series there and there isn't a big corporate market in the area. But places like Oulton, Donington and Brands are all well located to take advantage of the corporate market.

Shame that MSV aren't interested though, Donington has great elevation change and space that could be used (although away from the paddock, so not ideal. Brands has great viewing (even if I'm not sure the old track layout would be good for the current cars).

Do they still have a rallycross track at Cadwell? I see that it's part of the rally circuit series.
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Old 8 Apr 2019, 16:12 (Ref:3896272)   #495
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On friday Bakkerud asked Hansen if he knows what a rear bumper costs at the press conference after a soft touch.
One day later he craches in the other Hansen car en bend it...
According to Bakkerud it would cost up too 500,000 NRK, or around 45,000Ä, to fix the Audi. He also said that Hansen had more support behind him than Bakkerud had so he figuered it wasn't as harsh on Hansen as it was on him.

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