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Old 21 Dec 2021, 13:10 (Ref:4090821)   #1
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2022 Rallying

With the new year looming it's time for a new thread.

To kick off there's confirmation that M-Sport will run 4 Pumas on the Monte Carlo - Breen, Greensmith, Formaux and ..... Loeb!

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Interesting to see Loeb make a competitive outing in the Ford, also seeing M-Sport fielding 4 cars. Monte may well be the high point in terms of entry for the season - Ogier will be there too in the Yaris so it's a field packed full of quality.
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Old 24 Dec 2021, 11:15 (Ref:4091185)   #2
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It's always been M-Sport's ambition to see Loeb in one of their cars. Taken a while, but now it's finally happening. He might have had the younger generation overtake him, but he can still do a good job with the car
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So the official WRC launch has been done and dusted - including the livery reveals for the 3 squads. Toyota and Hyundai are as expected - using the corporate colour schemes, M-Sport have pulled a rather striking livery out of the bag though - also interesting that they seem to be the only ones making anything out of the 'hybrid' changes in their livery?
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So the official WRC launch has been done and dusted - including the livery reveals for the 3 squads. Toyota and Hyundai are as expected - using the corporate colour schemes, M-Sport have pulled a rather striking livery out of the bag though - also interesting that they seem to be the only ones making anything out of the 'hybrid' changes in their livery?
I was gutted that the Fiesta was being abandoned at the top tier as it was my favourite looking car of the last generation, but M-Sport are doing a great job of winning me over with the Puma. I think that livery looks brilliant!

Hyundai is, as before, the most understated car of the bunch. Not helped by the fact they have used pretty much the exact same livery as before.

Can't figure out where Toyota have gone wrong. I thought the test Yaris looked mean, but with the livery applied it looks really gawky. Hopefully it goes better than it looks!
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Old 19 Jan 2022, 08:49 (Ref:4094361)   #5
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Liking the liveries. Some people have compared the Ford livery to the RBR livery in 2013 when they had the purple Infiniti sponsor. Can't wait for Monte next week
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Errrrr - they're up and running in shakedown. 2022 WRC is go!

Loeb currently quickest followed by Neuville and Evans - 1 for each manufacturer in the top 3.
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It's going to be fascinating to see Craig Breen with a full time drive at M-sport although Ogier is a sure fire hit for Monte even in a completely new car, all new stages as well this year.
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The Fords are looking good on the first 2 stages particularly in the hands off Loeb, clearly the latest Dakar experience hasn't detracted from his tarmac stage skills, great to see him challenging Ogier and Evans at the top.
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Superb driving from the veteran Loeb on Friday to lead the rally by 10sec from Ogier. 4 stage wins for Loeb and Elfyn in close contention right up to the last stage and the surprising thing is the closeness of the top runners given that they are driving all new cars, just about all the top runners are quickly getting to grips with the new technology. Breen and Greensmith both looked quick at times, the only downside for M-sport being Formeaux tumbling down the mountain. The Hyundai drivers all looked a bit slow in the early stages particularly Rovanperra but both Tanak and Neuville obviously getting acclimatised in Friday's latter stages.
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