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    But if we are talking about drivers from West Europe (not count scandinavians), in top 5 of WRC2 is only Greensmith (and if we count top 10, it is only Greensmith, Andolfi and 10th Lefebvre). Drivers from Western countries prefers to stay at home and be kings there. When they go abroad, they found it is not so easy to win. Which is a pity, I think there is a potential for them to show it - last year great examples was Sylvain Michel and Josh Moffett, who were able to set some good times and results on some rallies, but then went back home.
    On the other side, some of fast drivers from national championship are going directly to WRC events. And they are usually lost there...

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    In Belgium there are plenty of drivers who would like to go abroad, but you need the funds for it. It's quite simple, if you do the Belgian championship you have some return. There are quite a lot of spectators in comparison to ERC (and it seems to be rising almost every year). Also media coverage is better, if you do well you're sure to be shown on national tv, you may make it to a few newspapers and specialized magazines. ERC in comparison has no return at all in Belgium, while competing in it comes at a higher price... Especially since ERC isn't coming to Ypres anymore, nobody cares about here, it's the sad reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommeke_B View Post
    In Belgium there are plenty of drivers who would like to go abroad, but you need the funds for it. It's quite simple, if you do the Belgian championship you have some return. There are quite a lot of spectators in comparison to ERC (and it seems to be rising almost every year). Also media coverage is better, if you do well you're sure to be shown on national tv, you may make it to a few newspapers and specialized magazines. ERC in comparison has no return at all in Belgium, while competing in it comes at a higher price... Especially since ERC isn't coming to Ypres anymore, nobody cares about here, it's the sad reality.
    Maybe if there will be belgian driver fighting for high positions in ERC, it will have bigger impact to belgian media too. Also when Ypres was in ERC, there were not so many belgians going abroad. And only Loix was successful. Some of the drivers (Cherain, Casier, Molle, De Mevius, Bedoret, Bux, Dilley, Wagemans...) tried it, but failed...

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    You forgot Neuville... For Casier, from the few ERC events he did, he made top 5 in Madeira and Barum, I think it's unfair to say he failed... For the others you mention, there's always a reason they failed with it, some of them will never be able to get something together, even on national level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommeke_B View Post
    You forgot Neuville... For Casier, from the few ERC events he did, he made top 5 in Madeira and Barum, I think it's unfair to say he failed... For the others you mention, there's always a reason they failed with it, some of them will never be able to get something together, even on national level.
    Casier was quite successful, but it was in IRC Same for Neuville.

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    Chris Ingram: The 2018 European Rally Championship slipped through my fingers but I’ll be back next year.

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    I didn't notice that, but someone at Skoda did - 9 out of the first 10 cars in the final standings of the ERC are Skodas. Alexey Lukyanuk (in the first place) driving a Ford is actually the only exception:
    https://www.skoda-motorsport.com/en/...-liepaja-2018/
    http://www.rallymadness.prv.pl - rally photos and movies!

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