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    I think he's got the skills and this year in WRC2 he has shown that he's capable of winning. I mean, even though the competition hasn't been that tough, but you still need to keep your head together all the way to the final stages even though you lead by minutes (just ask Mikkelsen). Tidemand would need a new team or someone retiring to get a WRC seat, especially now that people talk about Loeb returning and Mikkelsen is also floating around and Suninen has proved himself capable.

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    Lappi also wasn't that impressive last year although he won wrc2 title,or suninen this year with wrc2 car.
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    I think he's more than good enough for a WRC seat. I just don't see how he gets into one? In any game of musical chairs there is always someone left standing. And I think unfortunately that is Pontus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirek View Post
    IMHO he hasn't shown any progress in last two years. I am afraid he will follow P-G Andersson's path.
    Have to agree here. To break into the top class you need to do something extraordinary already at rc2 level competition. He is not quicker than Mikkelsen or Kopecky (most of the time anyway) and at least Kopecky never managed to do anything extraordinary in his time in the WRC (arguably not really Mikkelsen either).

    Tidemand has been at this level for a while and he ain't going any further I'm pretty sure. There are bigger fish out there. Swedens time as a breeding ground for rally drivers is gone I'm afraid.

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    However you must be aware of PT driving WRC2 championship. That includes brain to get as many points as possible. Not the fastest wins championships over a whole season. PT is fast when needed also.
    The overall conclusion might be correct, but saying he hasn´t shown progress ... noope.
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    Problem of WRC2 is that you dont need to be fastest, the most important is to score points. It is better to finish on second or third places than push for win and retire once...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    Problem of WRC2 is that you dont need to be fastest, the most important is to score points. It is better to finish on second or third places than push for win and retire once...
    Another problem is that the best drivers don't always compete together, if you choose the right rallies you'll gain full points more easily. But while Tidemand may not be as fast as Mikkelsen or Veiby, he hasn't crashed out of lead like Mikkelsen or Veiby did in Portugal and Finland. It's not every driver who can win four events out of four starts. It takes some skill just to finish those tougher events without punctures or damage on the car.

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    But that doesn't help much in getting in WRC. The decisive factor is pure raw speed.
    Stupid is as stupid does. Forrest Gump

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirek View Post
    But that doesn't help much in getting in WRC. The decisive factor is pure raw speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    Problem of WRC2 is that you dont need to be fastest, the most important is to score points. It is better to finish on second or third places than push for win and retire once...
    Yeah. Just like Meeke then.
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