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    Quote Originally Posted by er88 View Post
    Great, at least it's tarmac (even though Japan has nice unique forest stages). The championship needs more events on the black stuff.

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    Indeed. And a world championship with a round in Asia gives a much more complete picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregor-y View Post
    Marcus has some nasty mobile ads that keep you from seeing the site, at least with ads targeted to the US.
    It's google ads which pays for running the site, it shows what you have been searching and visited previously...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubaruNorway View Post
    It's google ads which pays for running the site, it shows what you have been searching and visited previously...
    I know it's the ads but it's the type of ads that are the problem on a mobile device. And Google is far more sophisticated than just showing searches and previous things. It extrapolates what it thinks you may want to see. And that still doesn't account for ads designed so they cannot be closed or redirect such that the original site cannot be read.

    On the other hand it's fine on my computer and a very short article, but it was very annoying yesterday morning on the telephone.

    All that said it would be good to have an event in Japan, and probably South Korea as well given Hyundai's efforts. With Australia and/or New Zealand it would make a nice sweep around the Pacific, and hopefully mesh with the Aisa Pacific series, too.

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    As long as it's tarmac event it doesn't matter where it's held.. And now with WRC all live (hope that will last long), don't care about Croatia too.

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    https://www.fia.com/news/yves-matton...rally-director

    Yves Matton has been appointed FIA Rally Director and will take up his position at the Federation’s Geneva offices on 7 February 2018. Matton replaces Jarmo Mahonen who retired at the end of 2017.

    The Belgian will be responsible for the strategic vision of rallying and cross country rallying at all levels, from grassroots with amateurs through to the regions and the pinnacles of the disciplines, the FIA World Rally Championship and FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies. He will also be in charge of the administration and regulatory management of the associated FIA championships and sporting commissions. Reporting to the FIA General Secretary for Sport, Peter Bayer, Matton will be instrumental in liaising with all the sport’s stakeholders in order to optimise the attractiveness, efficiency and future sustainability of the discipline.

    FIA President, Jean Todt, said: “Yves has a wealth of experience across many facets of rallying, which is important for its continued growth. He has great passion for the sport and his understanding of competition and management at independent and manufacturer levels will be a great asset to further securing the future development of our sport. I would also like to thank PSA Motorsport for making Yves’ transition to the FIA so seamless.

    “I also pay tribute to Jarmo (Mahonen) for his significant contribution and the advancements made in rallying under his management. We have solid foundations to further build on and I am confident we will continue to see the sport grow from strength to strength.”

    Yves Matton’s love of motor sport dates back to his childhood and having followed rallies in Belgium for many years he began competing in 1986. He went on to found a company specialising in the preparation and rental of racing cars before becoming Team Manager at Kronos Racing. At the end of 2002 he joined CitroŽn Sport as Logistics Manager and more latterly WRC Co-ordinator and Team Manager. He maintained close relations with CitroŽn after leaving in 2008 and then returned to the Championship-winning CitroŽn Racing team as Team Principal in 2012 where he was responsible for the WRC programme and the squad’s entry into the FIA World Touring Car Championship where three world titles were secured under his management. Matton was then instrumental in CitroŽn’s return to the WRC, where it now competes with the C3 WRC.

    Yves Matton explained: “I must admit that I feel very honoured to take on this position at the FIA, the governing body of world motor sport. I have worked at various levels of the sport, including for one of the most successful manufacturers in history, but this is for me a real achievement in itself.”

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    Yes, i have seen it on his twitter acoount as well. Congratulations to Yves, now it remains to be seen who will take the lead in Citroen factory team. I also hope that Matton can counter some of the ideas that Mahonen has spread end of last season.

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    Excellent news! Now Meeke will be able to concentrate more and focus on rallying rather then politics and views in the team!
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    Do we know anything about his positions considering shortening stages and rallies?

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    Hopefully as an ex WRC team boss he will understand what the manufacturers want and hopefully the fans and not just pander to the promoters desiring more rallies to get more money in the coffers.

    For one I hope there will be more joined up thinking from national through to WRC level as at the moment it all seems a little disjointed.

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