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    that ewrc.cz interview is translated part of this even broader interview which was published oficial site of ERC http://media.fiaerc.com/press-releas...-2018strongbr/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirek View Post
    lol, except Ingram all the names from Pluto ARE national champions. Some multiple or even in more than one country.
    But they arent considered 'big names'. Are there any current or former national champions that could/would be classed as such ?

    Surely there are drivers from bigger countries like Spain, France, Italy, Belgium etc ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    But they arent considered 'big names'. Are there any current or former national champions that could/would be classed as such ?

    Surely there are drivers from bigger countries like Spain, France, Italy, Belgium etc ?
    Someone being unbeatable at home doesn't mean he is that good anywhere else. In fact many times it proved otherwise. French champion Sylvain Michel appeared last year twice in ERC and was 8th and 5th. Spanish champion Ivan Ares appeared on this year's Canarias and while he was de facto at home he finished only 8th with not a single time in top 3. Italian champion Paolo Andreucci doesn't start abroad at all and same goes for Belgian champion Vincent Verschueren.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirek View Post
    Someone being unbeatable at home doesn't mean he is that good anywhere else. In fact many times it proved otherwise. French champion Sylvain Michel appeared last year twice in ERC and was 8th and 5th. Spanish champion Ivan Ares appeared on this year's Canarias and while he was de facto at home he finished only 8th with not a single time in top 3. Italian champion Paolo Andreucci doesn't start abroad at all and same goes for Belgian champion Vincent Verschueren.
    Also Neubauer in ERC this year.

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    I wrote only about those which Eddie asked for. I don't want to say they are not good. Most of them simply lack other experience on international scene. I just don't know who Eddie asks for. Who is those big names? Drivers who can come and can be immediately on top in ERC are mostly sitting in WRC cars. The others need time to get experience and their national titles mean very little even in ERC - which is best illustrated by the fact that far majority of 4WD competitors in ERC actually are national champions.
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    Question Strange observation

    I don't know if it means anything, but I have just had a look at the list of all European Champions from this season and noticed something strange:
    https://www.fiaerc.com/erc-champions-of-2018/

    RUSSIA
    HUNGARY
    LATVIA
    RUSSIA
    LATVIA
    SPAIN

    6 champions and only one comes from western Europe...
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    Yep I realised this too, when they showed all the winners at the end of Rally Liepaja.

    It must be sign of something... Maybe to put some money on Tanak winning the WRC ?!

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    ERC promoters are not daft they go where the money is! A big interest in rallying in the region and obviously plenty of funding/sponsorship about like the Irish series saw during the Celtic Tiger/EEC grant era. Spread of events suits an Eastern European team travel wise so am not surprised to see drivers from that part of the world dominating

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    The WRC really dominates rallying in W.Europe and with the advent of WRC2 many of the top talent is moving straight into that rather than ERC.

    Maybe the availability and ability of the Skoda R5 is also helping the rally boom in the East. Although having said that Kajto and Lukyanuk have both been Champion in the Ford Fiesta.

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