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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    It is easier to bring third car to European events than to Mexico... All logistics are made in advance.
    Al-Qassimi drives in Argentina, so their long-haul setup must be three-car-ready. It's simple as that, Østberg (and especially Al-Qassimi) brings $$$ in, Breen does not.

    Besides, they couldn't give Breen a third car for Corsica either, although it's their home event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    It is easier to bring third car to European events than to Mexico... All logistics are made in advance.
    Indeed.

    It's one thing to throw an extra car on a plane to an event, it's a different matter to have enough parts in the seafreight to service it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickRally View Post
    I would absolutely relish the sight of full gravel spec cars on tarmac, which would remind me of what rallying used to be when I started following it more than 35 years ago.
    We saw this already on the power stage of Mexico, and we'll get more in Argentina (Tanti - Mataderos), Portugal (Amarante), Sardegna (Castelsardo) and most likely Catalunya (Terra Alta).

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    Quote Originally Posted by traxx View Post
    In this document, we can see ER as joker ? https://www.rfeda.es/documents/20185...ulos%20Gr%20R5
    Thanks, never saw this document. Maybe I'm wrong then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickRally View Post
    I would absolutely relish the sight of full gravel spec cars on tarmac, which would remind me of what rallying used to be when I started following it more than 35 years ago.
    I cant agree - I find the big drawback of such stages (SSS or street stages) is how the cars look and handle on the asphalt when in gravel-spec.

    They really dont look right, rolling and pitching on the tall, soft suspension and little gravel wheels.
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    I sort of figured it was sensationalist headlines in Motorsport News yesterday but it seems that this FIA stage snub could have a knock-on effect with the Welsh government when it comes to renewing their contract for Rally GB. Bad timing to anger the people putting the £££s in. Would be a bit short-sighted to throw away the rally over one shot down plan. But let's see.

    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...over-gb-future
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmi View Post
    I sort of figured it was sensationalist headlines in Motorsport News yesterday but it seems that this FIA stage snub could have a knock-on effect with the Welsh government when it comes to renewing their contract for Rally GB. Bad timing to anger the people putting the £££s in. Would be a bit short-sighted to throw away the rally over one shot down plan. But let's see.

    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...over-gb-future
    Are the FIA going to that bothered ? They have many other countries desperate to run a WRC event.

    Its not worth losing Rally GB for the sake of this stage.
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    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...over-gb-future

    "The event has moved right to the front of October for this season, which means real potential for great weather, big crowds and some amazing shots from the helicopter".

    Ok! Now let's move rally Monte Carlo and Sweden to August so that I don't have to freeze my ass off in the cold!!! Who cares about the peculiarities that made of RAC an event (foggy and muddy weather)... we could have "some amazing shots from the helicopter" at the expense of this ever concerning sport... (sarcasm)

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    Playing Devil's advocate, here's a slightly controversial view; would the WRC be worse if there was no RallyGB? What does it offer the sport nowadays?

    The sport of rallying is at a low ebb in the UK; with a BRC which is a shadow of it's former self, a WRC round centred on a small part of North Wales which receives poor national media coverage, and while in recent years we've seen healthy-ish crowds, the interest from the general motorsport fans is limited (going by the popular motorsport websites/ forums). I still think it's living on it's history - and as much as I enjoy going, it's become just another gravel event, rather than the epic challenge it was in the RAC days.

    The organisers have relied on the Welsh money for far too long, it's not going to go on forever - maybe they should be more proactive trying to obtain backing from other sources - and dare one say, actually move the event somewhere else. Kielder & Yorkshire haven't had it for the best part of 20 years.......a crying shame.
    WRC: On the long way to Recovery............
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