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    Although I agree that the rally now needs more options for spectators if it is to continue to grow, I think the organisers are quite limited by the access roads they can use - some of them will lead to areas where the terrain cannot accommodate large numbers of spectators safely, and some of the forest access roads are narrow and overgrown and would require a lot of work to make them viable as car parks. There may also be PR issues on some roads around the forest. More car park options also requires more marshals to run them, and to clear up after the scum who leave litter and disposable barbecues behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    It's a finance-issue though. Adapta and Prokop have a team of mechanics there and Mads needs a car running, hence they got together. Paying M-Sport is not really an option.

    Adapta will hope to iron-out the car issues ready for 2018.
    Nah didn't Adapta and Mads effectively do a deal to develop parts separately from M-Sport and have worked themselves down blind alleys and into reliability issues the works cars don't have. Maybe better to spend that money elsewhere - like on M-Sport support. I know it's not always that simple but still.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AL14 View Post
    I was wondering... Do you know why Ostberg didn't use DMACK? (Because he didn't right?)
    I was thinking that maybe DMACK themself didn't allow that because they knew they had an advantage and did want their official car to win the rally, not a private one.
    So a double win would have not been more spectacular? Or if Evans had run into trouble they would have still won? Does not make sense. Although now we see that Østberg was far from winning pace, no matter the tyres.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    It's a finance-issue though. Adapta and Prokop have a team of mechanics there and Mads needs a car running, hence they got together. Paying M-Sport is not really an option.

    Adapta will hope to iron-out the car issues ready for 2018.
    As we know Østberg split with Prokop's Jipocar team after Rally Finland and went back to his own Adapta team, but as we've seen, probably it does not continue like that next year. I'd guess he's going to be a paying M-Sport driver with Onebet support and Adapta will run just R5 cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmi View Post
    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...-2017-problems

    Organisers will react to increased spectator numbers and full car parks next year. Will be interesting to see what they do.
    If I'm any judge - expect a hike in the ticket prices! However the early October date next year means the rally isn't running during school holidays so less rugrattage will be in evidence. The stories of people walking miles from ticketed car parks just confirms my view of accepting the walks and avoiding the tickets
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    Personally I'm a bit of a loss to understand why the promoters/organisers were "taken by surprise" by the number of people wanting to watch this year. The timing of the event the heavy promotion about it being at school half term and the new cars and of course the battle for the title were obviously going to have an effect. Also the position of Sterling against the Euro making it cheaper for European visitors.

    IMO it was that usual British way of "seeing what we can get away with" whilst charging the highest possible price. I think the truth is they are kicking themselves at how much more revenue they could have got in and have no doubt we will see a "revised" ticketing price let alone structure for next year.

    I think the biggest tell as to how un-prepared/clued up they were was shakedown. Having a car park for only 500 cars then to have at least 300 motorhomes turn up and fill the place suggests they have never been to a European rally any time recently.

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    Finally got my pics sorted for GB. No Shakedown but still three good days in the forest. Had sun and a surprising amount of 4G this year. Long may it continue!

    Full set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/949985...57687849693731

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    My rally photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/94998505@N03/albums

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmi View Post
    Finally got my pics sorted for GB. No Shakedown but still three good days in the forest. Had sun and a surprising amount of 4G this year. Long may it continue!

    Full set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/949985...57687849693731

    1 by Richard Simpson, on Flickr
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    11 by Richard Simpson, on Flickr
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    Great pics mate! It was an amazing event wasn't it?

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    nice photo,but who is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mintexmemory View Post
    If I'm any judge - expect a hike in the ticket prices!
    My first thought too. Same level of income but with less hassle of speccies on stages and parked on verges. No brainer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dimviii View Post
    nice photo,but who is?

    Lappi last year, after he went wide into a tree and won the rally anyways

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