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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Power View Post
    Perhaps Evans didn’t quote everything, but Mr. Tavares words in that article don’t make any special mention to rally; he only says Opel will, in due time, be able to get a motorsport program, like all PSA brands.

    Before knowing if Citroen can fix the C3 and continue beyond 2019 (Tavares already told the program is for 3 to 5 years), it makes little sense to insist Citroen will be replaced in the WRC by Peugeot, Opel, DS or Vauxhall…


    The future 208 will be launched in 2019 with a full electric version and some other Peugeot, Citroen and DS models will get electric very soon. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/n...a-ev-push-2018
    Every manu will have electric versions, its good for the CO2 fleet requirements. However those serious about it are making proper one offs alongside hybrids

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyRAC View Post
    I'd prefer to see Peugeot replace Citroen in the WRC; Peugeot now have some nice performance cars, especially the 308 GTi. Citroen have done very little (apart from a DS3 Racing) in regards to performance cars during their WRC programme; an absolute waste.

    As for RallyGB, well it's one step forwards, and two steps back. Traditionally a late autumn/ early winter event, it's now early October, and seemingly will have no night stages this year. It's meant to be a tough test for the crews; it's all well and good benefitting from the 'closed roads', but if you make a less challenging route, then is it really worth it?
    I agree with an earlier poster who would like to see Thursday night stages, which are possibly repeated on the Sunday. I'd also like to see to long days on the Friday & Saturday.
    As far as I'm concerned, the decision to move the event to early October could be a major downside since the probable lack of muddy/foggy conditions like in 2012 (even if at the time it was held in September). Fixed or similar calendar slots should be granted to rounds whose challenging nature is defined by weather conditions (Monte Carlo, GB,...). This way it would be more likely to have the proper conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    I know that night stages are not so good for promotion and should be "disaster" for live coverage, but they always have been important part of rallysport...
    You're right, night stages could be a disaster for live coverage but there should be no excuses for skipping them in daily recaps, since they use a recorded footage. I remember of Spain night stages in 2013 to be shown for barely 10 seconds in the highlights. It seems they are not even bothering. The video below shows them that it's possible.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q93_dEYLLk

    At least ALL LIVE is a step forward in all ways.

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    Re Opel into WRC... I think its a possibility if only because the brand needs a huge boost. It really needs something to help get it seen again and seen as something cool to own/drive.

    PSA appears to be looking more to the comfort-based and luxury market with its French road cars. Opel could be their new 'sporty' brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    I know that night stages are not so good for promotion and should be "disaster" for live coverage, but they always have been important part of rallysport...
    I just don't understand their thinking; the last 3 weekends have seen Sportscar races with plenty of night racing......Nobody there is calling for the end of night racing....it adds to the sport.
    The decision makers in rallying are detached from reality; Endurance & Night stages seem to go against their view of the sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    I dont know if it is necessary to bring WRC to every continent. If there is no proper local rally scene...
    For the population they have a lot of events, particularly in Quebec and Ontario. As long as they get access to good roads it'd be worth a try. Time of year would be a big factor since it would be a great chance for another snow rally, and the bugs in the summer up there are awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyRAC View Post
    I just don't understand their thinking; the last 3 weekends have seen Sportscar races with plenty of night racing......Nobody there is calling for the end of night racing....it adds to the sport.
    The decision makers in rallying are detached from reality; Endurance & Night stages seem to go against their view of the sport.
    Spot on

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    Some candidate roads for a Canadian WRC round. Bancroft, Ontario is about 2 hours drive west of Ottawa. Probably need to find similar roads closer to a larger populated area.

    https://youtu.be/XwLlapSLp_I (Tall pines roads)2017

    https://youtu.be/cyitl-VS2Yk Subaru/ cars at Tall Pines Rally 2017

    From the Bancroft wiki entry " A village until 1999, Bancroft then merged with Dungannon Township to form the Town of Bancroft."

    https://youtu.be/S2zlWVjjvxw perce neige 2018 (driver at 1.04 does a Henning Solberg and fills the car with snow)
    http://rallyscoring.com/results/2018...2018Press0.htm
    (Karel Carre won 2018 Perce Neige 2018 about 1' 30" in front of Crazy Leo)

    Maybe alternate Canada/ Mexico different years.

    Maybe run Catalunya as full tarmac event -
    "WRC 1999 - Rallye Catalunya Costa Brava - Round 5" youtube video title loix, aurio kerb hopping back in the day, Sainz going for it...
    https://youtu.be/p780XFqI9Ls?t=5m
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    Tall Pines roads seem pretty straight to me. This is from 2013, but it seemed similar to another later video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in-3XCTayr4
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    Could be fun with an actual WRC in the snow without studs!

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