WRC 2018

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by autohabit, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    The 2018 World Rally Championship will be run over 13 rounds again in 2018. The Rally of Poland has been removed from the line up, due to spectator safety concerns raised by the governing body, it has been replaced by the Rally of Turkey, which will be based in the coastal resort town of Marmaris, with the proposed route running along the Mediterranean coastline.

    Additionally, Rally GB and Catalunya have swapped places on the schedule.


    2018 FIA World Rally Championship Calendar

    1. Rally Monte Carlo – January 28
    2. Rally Sweden – February 18
    3. Rally Mexico – March 11
    4. Tour de Corse – April 8
    5. Rally Argentina – April 29
    6. Rally de Portugal – May 20
    7. Rally Italia – June 10
    8. Rally Finland – July 29
    9. Rally Germany – August 19
    10. Rally Turkey – September 16
    11. Rally Great Britain – October 7
    12. Rally Spain (Catalunya) – October 28
    13. Rally Australia – November 18


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  2. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Sebastien Loeb will return to the WRC in 2018

    He will drive for Citroen on three rounds of the championship - Mexico, Corsica and Spain.

    The question is, will he still be competitive? As Marcus Grönholm recently commented, Sebastien likes to win, but it may not be so easy now,

    Loeb will be 44 when he takes the start ramp in Mexico.


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    The 9 times WRC Champion, will face the current (and 5 times) WRC Champion, Sebastien Ogier.

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  3. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    17-year-old Kalle Rovanperä has signed to drive for Skoda in the WRC2 class for 2018. He won the category on the recent Rally Australia, not bad, considering he only passed his driving test a few weeks ago!

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  4. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    WRC & F1 Champions. No sooner than the silverware is collected, it's time to start again (Hamilton obviously didn't understand the dress code!!)

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    A bit of pre season testing. Not long now.

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  5. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Red Bull have increased to two cars for 2018

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    Ogier & Ingrassia

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    Evans & Barritt

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  6. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Neuville was out for a pre Monte test with Hyundai last week, is 2018 going to be his year?

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    Not a good start...

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  7. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Throwback Thursday. 15 years ago, Citroen signed the super team of McRae & Sainz, with a young upstart called Loeb thrown in to support and learn. However, the Frenchman led a 1-2-3 finish in Monaco, the rest is history.

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  8. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Yesterday was shakedown day:


    For this event, M-Sport's 3rd car will be driven by Bryan Bouffier

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    Evans & Barritt

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    Fastest was Neuville in the Hyundai

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    The good old boys - 8 WRC titles between them, Juha Kankkunen & Tommi Mäkinen were out taking the latest machinery for a spin

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  9. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    So, the new season is under way.


    Ogier on his local rally, was straight on the pace

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    Tanak was quickest of the Toyotas, on his first rally for the team

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    Neuville was hoping for better luck, he had won more rallies than any other driver in 2017, but lost out on the title

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    Stage 3 and Nueville's luck struck again

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    Evans lost 4 minutes with a puncture early on, this is what's known as a cut!

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    Ford no.3 was Frenchman Bouffier

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  10. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Road opening duties were partly in the hands of Carlos Sainz Jnr

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    As usual, Monte Carlo was all about the tyres

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    Who says rallying's not popular nowadays

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    Hyundai service

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  11. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    I don't know what Malcolm Wilson pays Ogier, but he certainly has a habit of delivering the goods

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    5 Monte wins on the bounce!

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    Final result:

    1 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 4h18m55.5s
    2 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 58.3s
    3 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 1m52.0s
    4 Kris Meeke, P.Nagle Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 4m43.1s
    5 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 4m53.8s
    6 Elfyn Evans, D.Barritt M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 4m54.8s
    7 Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 4m57.5s
    8 Bryan Bouffier, X.Panseri M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 7m39.5s
    9 Craig Breen, S.Martin Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 9m06.7s
    10 Jan Kopecky, P.Dresler Skoda Motorsport II Skoda 16m43.0s
     
  12. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Round 2 - Sweden

    Plenty of snow this year

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    Surprise 2nd place finish for Breen

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    Another big surprise was WRC2 winner Takamoto Katsuta, the Japanese driver beat off the factory Skodas. He is part of Tommi Makinen's quest to find a Japanese rally star

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    Neuville having a close call at Colin's Crest

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    Ford had a rally to forget, Ogier fell foul of being snow plough and first car on the road

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    Evans hit an object early on and puctured

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    No.3 Ford of Suninen was highest placed of the three

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    Neuvile made the most of things to take the win and the championship lead

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    Final positions:

    1 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai 2h52m13.1s
    2 Craig Breen, S.Martin Citroen 19.8s
    3 Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai 28.3s
    4 Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm Toyota 45.8s
    5 Hayden Paddon, S.Marshall Hyundai 54.4s
    6 Mads Ostberg, T.Eriksen Citroen 1m15.3s
    7 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota 2m04.9s
    8 Teemu Suninen, M.Markkula M-Sport Ford 2m52.2s
    9 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota 3m44.4s
    10 Elfyn Evans, D.Barritt M-Sport Ford 5m27.4s
     
  13. stevesingo

    stevesingo Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Mr Autohabit,

    Are you the photographer?
     
  14. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    I wish, these are taken on behalf of the factory teams for promotion.