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    Why this sport is amazing: A Newbie Perspective

    Okay, so I chat with a lot of NASCAR fans, and I find that we take the sport for granted. We forget about why it is so great until someone new comes along to remind us. For WRC, maybe I am that guy for some. Here is why I think this sport is flat out awesome BEFORE I have even followed a Rally weekend:

    1. The cars: Can't think of a motorsport formula where the complete package is so crucial. Suspension, transmission, engine, aero, and tires. I love the technical aspects of motorsports, and unfortunately (as has been clearly pointed out in the Technical Analysis thread), "journalists" know very little about this. They instead focus on the driver and the romantic stuff. I had not idea how awesome these cars are from a technical/development standpoint until I started to study this because of Toyota's entry. Just awesome, and something I have missed since Toyota left F1. Love it.

    2. The drivers: So much personality. I love it. They don't seem too corporate, and there is a ton of passion. I am looking forward to following Latvala. He reminds me of Alesi. Fast, emotional, and maybe at times erratic (based on the review videos I have watched--could be wrong). He will give me hope every rally I think. He will let me down. He will make me laugh. He might make me cry. He might bring me a win, and celebration. These are all the things I felt when I used to pull for Alesi

    3. The teams: Work these arses off. Much drive and desire. Team principals who are very visible. Love the manufacturer based concept. Brand identity is evident. I love this. I am here because Toyota is here, and not only do I want to understand the Toyota drivers, but I want to understand the culture of Gazoo Racing.

    4. The fans: Hugely passionate, and positive about their sport. NASCAR fans are souring, and constantly bitching. I haven't bee around here for a season, so I could be wrong, but it seems that many of you live for this, and that impresses me. Great fans.

    5. The media: Jury is out. Only know what I see on WRC+, and the coverage here is pretty much through Motorsport.com. We shall see.

    Bottom line: When I started this research upon Toyota's announcement, I did not expect to be so excited. I was wrong. I am pumped.

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    If you think it's amazing now - I can't imagine what you'd think when it was at its finest.
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    For me it was seeing things like the shot starting at 2:01 in this video. This was rally to me. Absolutely on the limit. You see the reaction of the spectator, he can't believe what he just saw. Stuff like that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up and you can't help but love the bravery and absolute commitment. It evokes a deep respect and admiration for the level of commitment it takes to drive like that. Few can do it and you know it's special when you see it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvsXUDnWYH8

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    Sharing a moment like this with a few mates is what makes it special to me, me filming with Co-drivers Torstein Eriksen and Stig Rune Skjrmoen doing the sound effects

    https://www.facebook.com/rallyemag/v...4937359694973/

    And another special moment in this opening clip from Finland 2015 The spaniards or what they were went crazy!
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    This forum gave you the impression that fans are positive about this sport? Odd, I always got the opposite. Undeniably, rally fans are incredibly passionate and devoted, but this forum is not particularly "positive".

    Glad you discovered the sport though! The US is desperately missing a solid WRC fanbase, and it's good to see manufacturer involvement directly impact that as well. We're in for a great season this year for sure, so you've joined at the right time!

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    @Revman, this one it's for you :P



    Glad that you're following inlove with the sport.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revman View Post
    I am looking forward to following Latvala. He reminds me of Alesi. Fast, emotional, and maybe at times erratic (based on the review videos I have watched--could be wrong). He will give me hope every rally I think. He will let me down. He will make me laugh. He might make me cry. He might bring me a win, and celebration.
    Yep that is our JML, Revman you have summed Jari-Matti up perfectly
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    Hello - you already started a similar thread on this kind of topic. Isnt that enough?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rallyper View Post
    Hello - you already started a similar thread on this kind of topic. Isnt that enough?
    No need to shit on him. Just let him have his fun and let his enthusiasm grow. The sport can always use some fresh blood and perspective.
    His brawling style earned him a reputation as the meanest man in boxing. He is said to have knocked out a woman ... and a horse ... EACH, with one punch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingTuga View Post
    @Revman, this one it's for you :P



    Glad that you're following inlove with the sport.

    Cheers
    That's awesome!!!! Appreciate that!

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