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    Pierre Budar, CitroŽn's new sports director, welcomes us at the team's headquarters in Versailles and tells us about his concerns. After the departure of Yves Matton to the FIA, this engineer, who was also a pilot, has taken the reins of the French formation.

    How do you see the World Rally Championship after three races?
    The difference of points in the championship of marks is very closed. In each rally the four cars that compete have won sections, which shows the great equality there is. We just have to wait for the fight to last until the end.
    They got a podium in Mexico, but above all, they had great prominence with the return of Sebastien Loeb.
    The starting order favored Loeb in the first stage, but I prefer that in the second, when he was positioned just like his rivals, he was also ahead. In Corsica it will hurt to be delayed, especially if it rains in the first stage. Last year the car went very well, and Loeb feels comfortable at the wheel. He likes how he goes on asphalt and has only made some adjustments in the adjustments to adapt it to his riding.
    Do you think you could increase your number of shares? Are you going to convince him to do a complete program next year?
    This year's program is three participations and that will not change. It would be a dream to have Loeb in 2019. But it's something I do not think we'll talk about until the end of the Rally of Spain. I do not think I want to do a complete program, because, among other things, some rallies do not want to go. His return has been good for the sport. It's a legend, and it's fine to get it back, but I think it's more important to look for new legends among young drivers.
    Will it be a priority for CitroŽn to recover Ogier?
    It is still early to talk about the market. Of course we are going to work on it, but we still do not know if Sebastien will decide to retire at the end of the season, or if he wants to continue.
    Could I go back Sordo? Is there a chance that Sainz will run a rally with CitroŽn?
    We know Sordo well and we appreciate him. It's on our list, but I've already said it's still early to talk about the market. Regarding Carlos, the truth is that it is not in our programming.

    Until when the continuity of CitroŽn in the World Cup is assured?
    The program will last between three and five years, and we are in the second. Our continuity will depend on many things, for example the regulation. You have to get more brands, or at least not leave any of the four. I do not believe that the future is electric vehicles, but we must offer brands an appetizing championship for their technologies. There are very expensive aspects, such as tests. A test day can cost up to 100,000 euros, and we have 55 per year.

    https://as.com/motor/2018/03/31/mas_...o_rsoc=comp_tw

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    Quote Originally Posted by denkimi View Post
    i think you're not getting it.
    yes, reactions can be trained. yes, a 65 year old can have faster reactions than the average 20 year old.

    but, at age 65 you will never be able to train your reactions to be as fast as you would have been able at age 20.
    Sorry but I think it is you who are getting lost and fixating on one little thing which amateurs love to obsess on...
    I said that the physical training for rallydrivers---and those girly-boys who keep to asfalt in F1 is primarily to make the guys MINDS stronger to deal with stress, because the physical strength demands are very low compared or relatif to some other motosports..
    I really don't think that can be seriously debated.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOcDL35YAOw&t=570s

    I think its fairly obvious that the physical requirements for the guys in that video above are orders of magnitude higher to do that for 35+ minutes than a rallydriver doing a 10-15 minute SS in a car with servo steering, nice little gearchange, and huge brakes, and no shower of rock peppering him ...
    The bike guys still have the mental stress--lines, gearchange, position, etc that a rally driver does, but on top of that extremely hard WORK...and 30 or 35 guys ALL with equipment as good as what you have....

    Or as I suggested some guys do this nearly nonstop
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_0TcICyDCo


    drive 300km in the woods in one day versus over 3 days and call it fun.. I did when I retired and before I did rally.

    One can be a rally fan, sure but is it required to pretend that it is physically the hardest motorsport and requires unusual 'strength"?

    I have done the motocross (professionally), long hard enduros in my early 30s for fun (did pretty good too) and when I got old and beat up, and tired of being wet and cold--then I did gravel rally....It seemed to me a natural progression from harder to easier as I got older..

    That is why I asked about all the competition you have done..looking for some common ground to assist in both of us understanding..and to see if your opinion is from reading or actual doing it...

    (and yes my reactions are slower now but they are still faster than 19-20 year old "gamers"...and yesterday I was very tired after loading and unloading TONs in the last several days...Did you take the test? et le resultat? )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    It's not just the fact that Mills is 54, more that he has also been out of top level competition for so long.

    But for just one event maybe his adrenalin will get him through ok ...
    Don't forget that he is an International level shooter. The stress, mind control and reaction time in trap shooting is of the highest order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janvanvurpa View Post
    ...Did you take the test? et le resultat? )
    Just tried it three times, slowest was the first run at 0.248 2nd run 0.201, 3rd run 0.206. I guess my reactions are still quick enough to take my RS2000 out for the occasional outing on gravel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mk2 RS2000 View Post
    Just tried it three times, slowest was the first run at 0.248 2nd run 0.201, 3rd run 0.206. I guess my reactions are still quick enough to take my RS2000 out for the occasional outing on gravel.

    I don't know...we have been told you cannot have reactions like a 19 year old...and that's much better than most 19 year old kids<<
    You better check with an expert..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mk2 RS2000 View Post
    Just tried it three times, slowest was the first run at 0.248 2nd run 0.201, 3rd run 0.206. I guess my reactions are still quick enough to take my RS2000 out for the occasional outing on gravel.
    you may be quick enough to take your RS 2000,but we dont know if you quick enough against jan with the volvo.
    i bet 2 beers to jan .

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    Great news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimviii View Post
    you may be quick enough to take your RS 2000,but we dont know if you quick enough against jan with the volvo.
    i bet 2 beers to jan .

    What Volvo_?


    my cars are a MIGHTY Saab 96 with a motor ++and a shell way better than they used 'back in the īday' (we have loose rules) and a group N and a 1/2 4x4 Ford Cosworth 4x4 (getting converted BACK to RWD)..And me against an NedZedder in an Escort??????? YIKES!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by janvanvurpa View Post
    I don't know...we have been told you cannot have reactions like a 19 year old...and that's much better than most 19 year old kids<<
    You better check with an expert..
    Perhaps both of us are like good wine, we have improved with age, either that or the test is very flattering and kind to us when we enter our age.

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    FIA ended Power Stage strategy with new rule : "No start at time no bonus Points" ► http://bit.ly/2q4nlVc

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