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    This was totally expected. There was some hope for Sordo in Australia if
    - manu/driver championships were close
    - he did well in Spain

    None of these two happened.

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    Rumours about Gronholm want develop i20 from WRC to supercar for World RX. Jari Huttunen is Gronholm's "client". Wondering if this is the case that Hyundai choose him instead Kalle.

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    https://rallysportmag.com/hyundai-gr...nen-wrc-glory/

    More about Huttunen and the shootout. In the end they had three strong candidates. Huttunen will drive 7-8 WRC2 events and do 20 days of testing.

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    Huttunen´s pure talent was the reason to choose him, but of course we have to remember that during the Peugeot days Michel Nandan was there as a chief engineer and Marcus knows him very well.

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    Those other 2 strong candidates were also from "north"
    "quattro best 4wd rallycar ever"

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    Huttunen has already proved, what he is capable of in wrc2. Kalle has a great talent, but still has a lot to learn. IMHO he is a bit overhyped now, but his time will come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    Those other 2 strong candidates were also from "north"
    as i understood then Kruuda was the first one who was left out.
    Tänak: "Better than I expected. Lots of sideways - and we enjoy that."

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    Those other 2 strong candidates were also from "north"
    Must have been then Bergkvist and Rovanperä

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarmop View Post
    Huttunen has already proved, what he is capable of in wrc2. Kalle has a great talent, but still has a lot to learn. IMHO he is a bit overhyped now, but his time will come...
    Yeh, we must remember his age, most people are only starting their careers at this point when he is already winning national championships in an R5 car. We can still give him a couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Yeh, we must remember his age, most people are only starting their careers at this point when he is already winning national championships in an R5 car. We can still give him a couple of years.
    Thing is the "national championship speed" is what a lot of young drivers with money/drives get very quickly. Ex. Latvala, Mikkelsen and... M. Wilson.

    The big step is going from that to top 6 WRC speed. For example, Mikkelsen didn't have nearly that kind of speed during his privateer time in WRC but got there after IRC. Wilson never got it, even though his "young" speed was good.

    Which is why I am pessimistic about the hype every driver who shows some speed at 17-19 gets. Time will tell how Huttunen does, I hope he does well, but it's far from guaranteed.

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