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User currently offlinePlanespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1009 times:

Well congrats goes to Sebastian Loeb for winning the first round of the 2005 WRC season in Monte Carlo.
Well what a fun-filled past 3 days it was, crashes, smashes and spills (just the way I like it.)
Scariest crash I saw was Petter Solbergs in the Subaru, coming down a steep hill with a sharp left the brakes on the car failed forcing Petter to hit the high ground on the right, unfortunately thats where the spectators were also and thankfully the car didnt hit anyone, but it came bloody close to one marshal (lucky guy), it was either swing the Subaru onto the bank to slow it down, or carry on off the cliff at the end of the bend, I think i know what i'd done lol.
Well it'll be Sweden in 3 weeks time, but im waiting until the German and GB WRC so I can go and see those rounds.

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User currently offlineVH-KCT* From Australia, joined May 2001, 479 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 992 times:

What a great way to start the year for the WRC! I love the Monte and I hope they don't move it later in the year, it's always action packed!

Congrats must go to Loeb on a well-deserved victory and Gardemeister on a fantastic effort in his first rally in the Focus. It's great to see Mitsubishi back in the race! And what about Manfred Stohl! There's nothing better than seeing a privateer stick it to one or two works drivers (although Harri and Roman are both in their first rallies in their respective cars). Hopefully we'll get the TV coverage next week, but the coverage is absolutely rubbish here.

Should be good to see Sweden with Chris Atkinson in his first drive for Subaru - the first ever Australian to drive in WRC!

I am The Stig
User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3328 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 979 times:

Happy to see that a first Australian got an international driver's licence.  Big grin

Frankly, WRC is no longer what it used to be. Every year there are less major players as it becomes too expensive and the competition comes down to one brand and three names.

I say, give us back the real Rallyes of the 60's and 70's....and allow more Aussies to have a go.

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 965 times:

The 60s and 70s were great, I have alot of tapes of the Polish legend Sobieslaw Zasada...There is one tape I have of his where he takes his Fiat 125P into the Polish mountains and drives on a iced and snowed mountain side road. I have never seen anything like this in my life, hands down this guy performed miracles with this car going down this road. This is something that could NEVER be done in a SUV or anything else, especially by a yankee driver..

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7906 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 961 times:

Stupid Time-Warner Cable doesn't have the Speed Channel as part of the standard cable line-up. So I haven't been able to catch any WRC race in ages. And I love the coverage that they had.

Like a lot of major 1st tier motorsports I agree with the opinion that WRC is getting to be too expensive to compete in. With a major player like Ford considering pulling out from WRC (if they have not already announced that) it makes you think whether the rewards to racing are there anymore. Smaller teams like Hyundai and Skoda are not really competitive, even with good drivers.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
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