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Old 23 Feb 2021, 09:36 (Ref:4036383)   #46
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Finland this coming weekend, live on BT Sport if you have it! Really hoping that Evans can keep up the pressure at the front.
Really looking forward to this one - I love a proper snow rally
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Old 23 Feb 2021, 10:29 (Ref:4036395)   #47
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Be interesting to see what young Solberg goes like in his first WRC car outing, hopefully a sensible drive to the finish
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Old 1 Mar 2021, 13:40 (Ref:4037617)   #48
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Be interesting to see what young Solberg goes like in his first WRC car outing, hopefully a sensible drive to the finish
Well - I think that went about as well as he could have hoped for - really impressive drive I thought.

The event as a whole was good I thought - great to see some proper 'full snow' conditions again with nice snowbanks at the sides of the stages. The onboard footage from the night stages was superb - you really get an impression of the speed and you can tell how much they're relying on their notes with the visibilty restricted.

I was also quite pleased to see the Hyundais being competitive - I was a bit worried after the Monte that it might be a season of Toyota dominance but maybe it'll depend more on surface and we'll see a close fight.

WRC2 was dominated by Lappi - it's a real shame he's not in one of the Fiesta WRCs, you get the impression he'd be closer to the pace than the other M-Sport drivers, they were largely anonymous again.
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Old 1 Mar 2021, 14:24 (Ref:4037641)   #49
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Quite possibly. I think Rovanpera's drive got overshadowed a bit by the hype around Solberg but he was strong all weekend apart from one mistake, on the coverage they mentioned him being the favourite going into the event which I guess shows how highly regarded he is despite his age.
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Old 1 Mar 2021, 23:31 (Ref:4037777)   #51
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Well - I think that went about as well as he could have hoped for - really impressive drive I thought.
Yeah very solid performance. Definitely got some familiar traits to his dad, namely the mouth wide open and the proper full send he had going on the Power Stage until catching the bank
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Old 2 Mar 2021, 08:57 (Ref:4037825)   #52
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On the one hand the Toyotas had worse road positions to begin with, thinking of Evans and especially Ogier. On the other hand, it's literally their home event and the Toyotas have more or less been developed in Finnish conditions, aka fast roads. They even have one Yaris which has only done two events, both in Arctic. https://www.ewrc-results.com/carinfo...-wrc/?car=5189
People who were quick to hail Latvala in Monte should have something to think about.

When it comes to Solberg, I'm more impressed by his enthusiasm and positive attitude rather than his talents. He's been nurtured to be a WRC driver, like Rovanperä, and probably got more experience in a car than people actually know of and realize. But his way of just jumping into the i20 speaks volumes I think. So many with less experience complain about struggling, set ups, "trying to find a rythm" etc., whereas Solberg is just enjoying it and maximizing his opportunity.
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... Solberg is just enjoying it and maximizing his opportunity.
This stands out with a few drivers - Breen is another who really enjoys himself, some of his interviews at the end of stages are just joyful to watch as he's clearly absolutely buzzing and is very much aware of how lucky he is to have the chance to drive these cars.
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When it comes to Solberg, I'm more impressed by his enthusiasm and positive attitude rather than his talents. He's been nurtured to be a WRC driver, like Rovanperä, and probably got more experience in a car than people actually know of and realize. But his way of just jumping into the i20 speaks volumes I think. So many with less experience complain about struggling, set ups, "trying to find a rythm" etc., whereas Solberg is just enjoying it and maximizing his opportunity.
Yeah, he grasped the chance with both hands. I love the enthusiasm of him and Craig Breen, especially how Breen just cannot contain how much he loves driving a World Rally Car. I know a big chunk of it is the car, but I can't help but compare Solberg to the likes of Sunninen or Greensmith.
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I know a big chunk of it is the car, but I can't help but compare Solberg to the likes of Sunninen or Greensmith.
This is the problem with the Fiesta at the moment - we don't know how good it actually is as the drivers clearly aren't up to the standards of the other teams. It's a real shame that Lappi couldn't get one of the seats for this season - I think he'd have given us a better indication of the pace of the Fiesta relative to the Hyundai and Toyota.
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 08:41 (Ref:4041136)   #57
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Not sure where is the best place for this, but Daniel Elena has issued a pretty firm f*** you to Prodrive after they pushed Loeb to use a different co-driver.

https://dirtfish.com/rally/wrc/loeb-...ears-together/
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 09:45 (Ref:4041149)   #58
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Not sure where is the best place for this, but Daniel Elena has issued a pretty firm f*** you to Prodrive after they pushed Loeb to use a different co-driver.

https://dirtfish.com/rally/wrc/loeb-...ears-together/
Wow - that's not a happy man! Does he have a point about Prodrive though? Away from their Aston Martin program what have they won since 2003? The last WRC Impreza was a dud, the WRC MINI never really amounted to anything, the WRX Meganes didn't live up to the hype and the Dakar cars seemed too fragile.

I'd have thought Seb would have stood by Daniel though - you'd have to assume that if Seb had said "either it's Daniel or I don't drive" then Prodrive would have had to suck it up.
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 10:11 (Ref:4041152)   #59
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I dunno, WRC Mini showed genuine pace before the manufacturer pulled the plug...but kinda got the feeling they pulled the plug as a result of Prodrive.

The Meganes also showed pace in 2019 when in the hands of Doran (who isn't actually that quick anyway). Last season they had shocking reliability, particularly with driveshafts, but as that wasn't an issue in 2019 I'm not sure if it was a Prodrive or GCK thing.

He's still right though, their rallying type programmes have been less than ideal and always a partnership ended swiftly, so you have to wonder why.

I do agree that it seems strange that Loeb didn't give the ultimatum, he's bringing a lot to the party with his name so you'd have through he'd be able to do that...unless of course he didn't want to risk it
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I have followed very much the Dakar in these last years, and yes, in the 2021 edition he made some mistakes in a very difficult navigation for this specific editions. Anyway, mistakes came also from other more expert navigators like the one of Carlos Sainz. You win or you lose, it's a team work.

I think Daniel has showed some wrong attitude to the team and basically I think they didn't want him around anymore. Such a shame because I really wanted to see them winning the Dakar. A strong decision also from Loeb, he too has to raise the level if he really want to win.

As for the car, the result speak for itself: best debutant car in the Dakar. And it was delayed by the Covid, with no big testing, no races before the Dakar. And of course there is always something you need to develop or modify after the first Dakar.
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