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Old 8 Oct 2019, 12:29 (Ref:3932678)   #106
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I'm guessing to string it out because there were so few cars, whatever it made lots of people unhappy.
Yeah, can understand that is pretty frustrating. The whole WRC field ran through in about an hour on the Saturday, so that gave a couple of hours between passes to move around.
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Old 8 Oct 2019, 14:13 (Ref:3932695)   #107
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What happened @ the Great Orme?
As I understood it the stage was cancelled as the sea was too rough for the rescue boat(s) - so if someone ended up in the water there was no rescue crew in place. It's an unlikely scenario (has it ever happened?) but I guess the organisers couldn't take the risk.
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Old 16 Oct 2019, 09:12 (Ref:3934870)   #108
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Old 25 Oct 2019, 16:45 (Ref:3936732)   #109
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Tanak can wrap up the title this weekend in Catalunya - and hydraulic problems for Ogier today have given Tanak a boost (not that he really needed one!). Conditions look tricky following the recent rain but I have to admit I'm a big fan of mixed surface events (and stages).
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Old 25 Oct 2019, 17:35 (Ref:3936740)   #110
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Tanak can wrap up the title this weekend in Catalunya - and hydraulic problems for Ogier today have given Tanak a boost (not that he really needed one!). Conditions look tricky following the recent rain but I have to admit I'm a big fan of mixed surface events (and stages).
A few years ago I would have welcomed troubles for Ogier, but I think its a real shame to see him robbed of any chance to challenge for the title. That said, Tanak has to survive the weekend first!

Interesting story about Tanak breaking as well:

https://www.motorsport.com/wrc/news/...-move/4586262/
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Old 25 Oct 2019, 22:38 (Ref:3936788)   #111
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Citroen tests for three days on tarmac, one day on gravel, tests new aero but can't use it in Spain, planned to have a new suspension in Wales but couldn't use it, planned to enter Østberg for Australia in helps of Ogier's title bid which now is kinda pointless, tests again in Finland with Østberg and on the first day of Spain Ogier looses over 3 min with a power steering issue, probably killing his title bid, while Lappi's engine dies ...

That Tänak story is very spicy and if true I wonder how it could change up the seats for next year.
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Old 28 Oct 2019, 10:38 (Ref:3937305)   #112
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So we finally have a world champion that's not called Sebastien! Congratulations to Ott Tanak - a thoroughly deserved title I think. Seems that Neuville is destined to never win - he always seems to be close but can't quite get there (much like Hirvonen). It'll be interesting to see what happens at Hyundai if Tanak is confirmed there for next season.
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Old 28 Oct 2019, 11:44 (Ref:3937314)   #113
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So we finally have a world champion that's not called Sebastien! Congratulations to Ott Tanak - a thoroughly deserved title I think. Seems that Neuville is destined to never win - he always seems to be close but can't quite get there (much like Hirvonen). It'll be interesting to see what happens at Hyundai if Tanak is confirmed there for next season.
Yeah, I agree on all points. Although I wanted to see Ogier win for M-Sport last year and win to prove a point this year, I think Tanak was as deserving a Champion: plus it is great to finally see the Sebastien streak broken!

Despite initially denying it, the subsequent interview I saw with Hyundai seemed to suggest that the rumour was true. Could really mix things up for next season if that is the case. I believe Ogier was contracted to Citroen for more than a year, but is there any possibility he will jump ship and move elsewhere?
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Old 28 Oct 2019, 14:36 (Ref:3937348)   #114
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Hyundai has proven really strong this year, maybe Neuville should jump ship to Toyota to test his chances there, because IMO in the same team as Tanak he doesn't have a lot of chance.

Ogier is definitely not pleased with the Citroen.

Everyone was waiting for Tanak decision, I think now we will see more changes of colours.
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Old 28 Oct 2019, 15:28 (Ref:3937356)   #115
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Ogier is definitely not pleased with the Citroen.
The Citroen has been an absolute pig of a car since this set of regualtions were introduced. Nobody has been able to get consistent results out of it and how many times have we seen drivers at the end of a stage just looking bemused as to what the hell is going on with the car. Despite all the time and money thrown at developing the car it still looks to be the worst of the four.
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Old 29 Oct 2019, 11:16 (Ref:3937457)   #116
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First time since 03 a champ is not called Seb. Well done Ott, he deserves it after mechanical problems cruelly denied him last season. Now it's really going to be interesting next season with him and Neuville in the Hyundais together. Just shows the series is more open than ever. There is every chance Nevuille can still do it
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This coming weekend's round in Australia will be drastically shortened due to bushfires. There are 60 fires burning across the state with 3 deaths, 150 homes lost and over 2 million acres burnt. A state of emergency has been declared.

Apart from stages probably being in danger areas, I dare say many volunteer officials and emergency services required for the rally will be otherwise occupied - best wishes to them.
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This coming weekend's round in Australia will be drastically shortened due to bushfires. There are 60 fires burning across the state with 3 deaths, 150 homes lost and over 2 million acres burnt. A state of emergency has been declared.

Apart from stages probably being in danger areas, I dare say many volunteer officials and emergency services required for the rally will be otherwise occupied - best wishes to them.
To be honest I'm suprised it's going ahead at all - given that rally cars have been known to set fire to the scenery I'd have thought they'd have knocked it on the head for this year.
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It'll be credit to all involved if we can get through the event as smoothly as possible.
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In all honesty, it should be pulled - with the small amount of mileage, Toyota really have very little chance of overtaking Hyundai for the Manufacturers Title.

A car going off - and going up in flames would be a monumental PR disaster. Running a motorsport event whilst there are fires raging in the area isn't smart. I'm expecting sense to win out - and it getting canned.
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