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WRC Monte Carlo

Mon Jan 24, 2005 2:22 pm

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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RE: WRC Monte Carlo

Mon Jan 24, 2005 7:44 pm

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!
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RE: WRC Monte Carlo

Tue Jan 25, 2005 12:43 am

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.
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RE: WRC Monte Carlo

Tue Jan 25, 2005 4:22 am

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..
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RE: WRC Monte Carlo

Tue Jan 25, 2005 4:34 am

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.
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