WRC 2019

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  1. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Round 6. A brand new event to the WRC


    1919 meets 2019 - 100 years of Citroën vs. year 1 of Rally Chile WRC

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    Meeke entertaining the crowrds

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    A slow roll hampered his progress, Meeke really needs a clean run

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    Meeke's roll was a minor issue compared to the accident of Neuville, check this out, the crew were taken to hospital, but thankfully they were ok.






    Loeb got his first podium for Hyundai

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    Winner in WRC2 was Kalle Rovanpera

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    Tanak had clean run to victory

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    Podium celebrations with Tommi the boss!

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    Final results:

    1.Ott Tanak EST Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing 3hr 15m 53.8s
    2.Sebastien Ogier FRA Citroen C3 WRC +23.1s
    3.Sebastien Loeb FRA Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +30.2s
    4.Elfyn Evans GBR M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC +1m 36.7s
    5.Teemu Suninen FIN M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC +3m 16s
    6.Esapekka Lappi FIN Citroen C3 WRC +3m 45.4s
    7.Andreas Mikkelsen NOR Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +4m 39.0s
    8.Kalle Rovanpera FIN Skoda Fabia R5 +7m 52.5s
    9.Mads Ostberg NOR Citroen C3 R5 +8m 16.1s
    10.Kris Meeke GBR Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing +8m 33.4s
    11.Jari-Matti Latvala FIN Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing +10m 59.2s
    12.Gus Greensmith GBR Ford Fiesta R5 +11m 41.5s
     
  2. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    WRC Portugal

    The crowds used to be like this when cars ran at full speed in Portugal, but nowadays it's confined to low speed encounters

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    Gus Greensmith was having his first outing in a WRC car, his pace was impressive

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    Skoda were debuting their new R5 car, Kopecky made his first appearance of 2019, although he was a little hindered

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    Rovanpera took an brilliant 6th overall in the sister car, can't be long before he finds himself in a WRC car

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    VW's R5 car was also on the pace

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    Final results:

    1.Ott Tanak EST Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing 3hr 20m 22.8s
    2.Thierry Neuville BEL Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +15.9s
    3.Sebastien Ogier FRA Citroen C3 WRC +57.1s
    4.Teemu Suninen FIN M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC +2m 41.5s
    5.Elfyn Evans GBR M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC +7m 08.3s
    6.Kalle Rovanpera FIN Skoda Fabia R5 +10m 34.8s
    7.Jari-Matti Latvala FIN Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing +10m 52.5
    8.Jan Kopecky CZE Skoda Fabia R5 +11m 41.9s
    9.Pierre-Louis Loubet FIN Ford Fiesta R5 +12m 46.3s
    10.Emil Bergkvist SWE Ford Fiesta R5 +14m 28.4s
    11.Henning Solberg NOR Skoda Fabia R5 +14m 54.5s
     
  3. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Rally Italia Sardegna


    Cars made a slow tour through the streets of Alghero

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    And, action!!

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    Another WRC2 win for Rovanpera, there's no stopping this guy

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    Hyundai had a special guest in the service area, it is 25 years since Gabriele Tarquini won the British Touring Car Championship, but he is still on top of his game, he is the current World Touring Car Champion for Hyundai

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    Green energy!

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    A bit dusty

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    Drama at the end of the event, Tanak's steering appeared to jam almost solid, giving Spain's Dani Sordo only his second WRC win, and his first since Germany 2013

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    Celebration time at Hyundai

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    Final results:

    1 Dani Sordo Hyundai 3:32:27.2
    2 Teemu Suninen M-Sport Ford +13.7
    3 Andreas Mikkelsen Hyundai +32.6
    4 Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford +40.5
    5 Ott Tanak Toyota +1:30.1
    6 Thierry Neuville Hyundai +2:16.7
    7 Esapekka Lappi Citroen +2:59.6
    8 Kris Meeke Toyota +4:40.1
    9 Kalle Rovanpera Skoda Motorsport +8:24.6
    10 Jan Kopecky +8:49.2


    Driver Championship:

    1. Ott TÄNAK 150
    2. Sébastien OGIER 146
    3. Thierry NEUVILLE 143
    4. Elfyn EVANS 78
    5. Teemu SUNINEN 62
    6. Kris MEEKE 60
    7. Andreas MIKKELSEN 56
    8. Dani SORDO 52
    9. Esapekka LAPPI 40
    10. Jari-Matti LATVALA 40


    Manufacturers Championship:

    1. Hyundai 242
    2. Toyota 198
    3. Citroen 170
    4. M-Soprt Ford 152
     
  4. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Dan Barritt has had a bit of a low profile this season, after co-driving for Elfyn Evans for a few seasons, a time which included his Rally GB win.

    Dan has been working for Toyota this season, co-driving for their Japanese protégé Takamoto Katsuta, the pair have been driving a Fiesta R5 on selected WRC events this year, but Toyota put them out on two rounds of the Finnish Rally Championship recently, which they won both of.

    Tommi the boss is now letting them run a WRC Toyota on some WRC events this season, starting with Germany.

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  5. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Some sad news from the rally world today, the death of Jen-Luc Therier has been reported.

    Although he may not be as well known as some of his fellow French compatriots, such as Ragnotti or Mouton, he actually took 5 WRC wins, more than either of the aforementioned drivers.

    He was the last (and one of only two drivers ever) to win a WRC event in a Porsche 911


    RIP JLT


    WRC win number 1 was on the 1973 Rally of Portugal

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    1973 Tour de Corse

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    Porsche's last WRC victory - 1980 Tour de Corse

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    His final WRC appearance came on the 1984 Monte Carlo, when he finished 4th overall, behind a trio of Audis driven by Röhrl, Blomqvist and Mikkola

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  6. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Hayden Paddon's WRC return was over before it started, after a huge accident in testing for Rally Finland, the car was beyond repair to a timescale. He hit a rock in the road and it was game over, bad luck.


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  7. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Rally Finland


    Starting a WRC event for the first time this year was Craig Breen with new co driver Paul Nagle (Nagle has previously sat with Kris Meeke)


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    Ogier!

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    Hot favourite, and last year's winner, Ott Tanak.

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    Lappi was hoping for a decent result, it has not been a good season for him so far

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    Meeke was flying! He was lying second after the first leg, with a 1-2-3 for Toyota, Tanak in front.

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    Kalle Rovanperä was in charge in the WRC2 class, he is really maturing as a driver. He is to rallying, what Verstappen is to F1

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    Greensmith was having another run in a WRC car

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    "Could you sign my hat young man!" 4 times world rally champion Juha Kankkunen with Kalle Rovanperä

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    Fly Finnair!!

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    Latvala was in trouble with Tommi the boss, for not listening to team instructions, he went off, but luckily got going again to finish 3rd overall

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    Things were much worse for Meeke, same complaint from the boss, but Meeke retired, his chances of a drive for 2020 are not looking good

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    Ott Tänak was again the man in charge, taking a healthy lead in the championship

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    Final results:

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    Championship standings after Rally Finland

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  8. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Thierry Neuville checking out a proper rally car!!

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  9. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    It has become apparent why Thierry Neuville was seen with Gabriele Tarquini recently, Neuville made his racing debut at the Nürburgring over the weekend, scoring a pole and a win in his first ever race!

    Learning from the master!

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  10. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Rally Germany

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    Toyota actually fielded 4 cars in Germany, one for Japan's Takamoto Katsuta, with British co driver Dan Barritt on the notes, they finished in 10th position, considering Katsuta had never competed on Rally Germany before, it was a solid result.

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    Meeke was trying to stay out of trouble

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    A clean sweep for Toyota.


    Final results:

    1 Ott Tanak Toyota 3h15m29.8s
    2 Kris Meeke Toyota 20.8s
    3 Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota 36.0s
    4 Thierry Neuville Hyundai 58.5s
    5 Dani Sordo Hyundai 1m16.6s
    6 Andreas Mikkelsen Hyundai 1m46.2s
    7 Sebastien Ogier Citroen 1m56.3s
    8 Esapekka Lappi Citroen 2m02.2s
    9 Gus Greensmith Ford 6m22.2s
    10 Takamoto Katsuta Toyota 8m19.2s
     
  11. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Rally Turkey

    The start in Marmaris

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    Turkey is known for having the roughest stages on the WRC, not difficult to see why!

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    There are some nice views, if you have the time to take them in


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    Skoda fans

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    Gus Greensmith had been put back into the WRC2 car at M-Sport

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    "OK boss, I'll keep it one piece, don't worry!"

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    "He'll probably not notice if I cover it up" - Despite this damage, Greensmith won WRC2 and finished in the top 10

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    It's those French blokes again!

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    Former co driver, turned team principal, turned FIA boss, Jean Todt called in to see what was going on

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    This time it was Citroen who took the top spots

    1 Sebastien Ogier Citroen 3h50m12.1s
    2 Esapekka Lappi Citroen 34.7s
    3 Andreas Mikkelsen Hyundai 1m04.5s
    4 Teemu Suninen M-Sport Ford 1m35.1s
    5 Dani Sordo Hyundai 2m25.9s
    6 Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota 2m59.1s
    7 Kris Meeke Toyota 3m53.3s
    8 Thierry Neuville Hyundai 5m34.8s
    9 Pontus Tidemand M-Sport Ford 7m22.9s
    10 Gus Greensmith M-Sport Ford 15m18.7s


    Driver championship after 11 of 14 rounds:

    1 Ott Tanak 210
    2 Sebastien Ogier 193
    3 Thierry Neuville 180
    4 Andreas Mikkelsen 94
    5 Kris Meeke 86
    6 Jari-Matti Latvala 84
    7 Teemu Suninen 83
    8 Esapekka Lappi 80
    9 Elfyn Evans 78
    10 Dani Sordo 72
     
  12. autohabit

    autohabit Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

    Round 12 - Rally GB


    Welcome to Wales!

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    In actual fact, the ceremonial start of the rally was held in Liverpool...

    ...and the first stage was run in England, Kris Meeke took fastest time at Oulton Park, we had a British rally leader!

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    That didn't last long, Tanak soon took over the lead

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    Chased hard by Ogier

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    Evans was finally out again after his back injury, he was flying, but lost over 40 seconds with suspension damage, he took 7 stage wins, what could have been..

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    One thing the UK hadn't been short of recently, water!

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    No, it's not a photoshop, Rovanperä had stopped to change a puncture, and teammate Jan Kopecky had caught him

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    "So boss, what about that drive next year? - Hey, why you laugh?!"

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    Anybody guess who won!!

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    Final result:

    1 O.Tanak_Yaris WRC 3:00:58.0
    2 T.Neuville_i20 Coupe WRC +10.9
    3 S.Ogier_C3 WRC +23.8
    4 K.Meeke_Yaris WRC +35.6
    5 E.Evans_Fiesta WRC +48.6
    6 A.Mikkelsen_i20 Coupe WRC +58.2
    7 P.Tidemand_Fiesta WRC +5:23.8
    8 C.Breen_i20 Coupe WRC +9:25.0
    9 K.Rovanpera_Fabia R5 Evo +10:51.1
    10 P.Solberg_Polo GTI R5 +11:36.1


    It's still down to 3 drivers, but Tanak is looking like the favourite now, 2 more rounds to go.

    Drivers standings:

    1 Tanak 240 points
    2 Ogier 212 points
    3 Neuville 199 points