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    Interesting afternoon ahead, I expect Neuville to be the man to beat in the afternoon

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    Quite surprised by Mikkelsen.

    C3 is supposedly problematic in tricky conditions (Loeb said so too), and running late clearly brings mud issues. So I was expecting 4-5th at best.

    That said I don't expect he will hold it, but a podium should be possible with Sordo and Latvala out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    Quite surprised by Mikkelsen.

    C3 is supposedly problematic in tricky conditions (Loeb said so too), and running late clearly brings mud issues. So I was expecting 4-5th at best.

    That said I don't expect he will hold it, but a podium should be possible with Sordo and Latvala out.
    Let's see how Breen gets on, Only 8th although he is tied to it with Juho, first time for both drivers with a world rally car here so should be interesting. All the best of luck for Breen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    Quite surprised by Mikkelsen.

    C3 is supposedly problematic in tricky conditions (Loeb said so too), and running late clearly brings mud issues. So I was expecting 4-5th at best.

    That said I don't expect he will hold it, but a podium should be possible with Sordo and Latvala out.
    While Mikkelsen did a good job,he advantaged from road position.See Bonato who is faster from Kopecky Tidemand at the 2 long stages

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    Looks ominous for this afternoon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dimviii View Post
    While Mikkelsen did a good job,he advantaged from road position.See Bonato who is faster from Kopecky Tidemand at the 2 long stages
    With conditions like that it's an advantage in one corner and disadvantage in another, don't think there is a clean pick in front. However he did have different tires and 1 less spare than most.

    After 19 cars (Kopecky) and 31 (Bonato) the road is for sure muddy, if it's drying out it can be drier mud and dry tarmac in clean spots.
    First 3 cars on the road can have wet clean road and 12 on road (Mikkelsen) could have drier muddy road + dry(er) tarmac sections.

    Anyway the point really wasn't that Mikkelsen is driving so much faster than everyone, but that he seemingly handled the C3 well in tricky conditions which were supposed to be the worst option. That is the surprising part.

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    Any credits to Mr Loeb, who tested the C3 week before Germany? Think he might be the difference from before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rallyper View Post
    Any credits to Mr Loeb, who tested the C3 week before Germany? Think he might be the difference from before.
    Repeating what I wrote yesterday.

    Loeb tested in France after all 3 drivers tested for min 2 days each in Germany before that.
    IMO it's quite unlikely that they would suddenly change setup they spend 2-3 days finding based on Loeb's input after they were finished testing.

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    Mads and Henning having fun today
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