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    3 fantastic days of Rally de Portugal, with even more spectators than in previous years; we’re not far from having RdP as a national public holiday!

    Despite Tanak early retirement and Friday afternoon havoc, the rally was quite enjoyable to watch as it allowed drivers like Evans, Suninen, Lappi and Sordo to be at their best. Paddon and Meeke were flying till crashing and Breen was great to watch, although his SS times hardly reveal it (road opener on day 2 and 3).

    In WRC2 Tidemand and the Fabia looked always fast (that guy really deserves a WRC seat) but the C3 seems competitive, especially considering Lefebvre lower skills on gravel. Pieniazek pace was a nice surprise; Greensmith confirmed his speed but Nordgen, Loubet or Huttunen somehow failed to impress. Junior top guys did their best, particularly the 2 Swedes and the Estonian, beating several R5 crews but R2 Fiesta’s always look (and sound) less spectacular than the 208’s.

    Eventually it’s great to have a new leader on the series and hopefully Tanak will soon be able to catch Neuville and Ogier at the top. Fingers crossed!

    PS: forgot to mention Neuville; amazing show from him; mega fast and hyper consistent. Well done!
    Last edited by Rally Power; 21st May 2018 at 14:18. Reason: add PS
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aMvvDljOWg

    call the FIA someone... file a report.

    first they increase the power of the cars... then that hooligan tanak goes sideways on one corner on the road section and now this ???

    Someone stop this madness before the sport becomes popular again....
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    All that joy beating Evans? Wow, can't imagine what would be beating Ogier....
    "With that car, your brain can actually never keep up"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IRMYuE1hI

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefanvv View Post
    All that joy beating Evans? Wow, can't imagine what would be beating Ogier....
    i think he beat Ogier as well.
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    For 5 stages, yes
    "With that car, your brain can actually never keep up"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IRMYuE1hI

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefanvv View Post
    For 5 stages, yes
    i think he beat him in the whole rally as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.O.T View Post
    i think he beat him in the whole rally as well...
    This does NOT happen often, but I agree with NOT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Power View Post
    Greensmith confirmed his speed but Nordgen, Loubet or Huttunen somehow failed to impress.
    Huttunen was disappointing. I'm still thinking it was a mistake to go to Hyundai because the car is so unreliable and uncompetitive, but at least he gets valuable kms and experience of the rallies.

    Nordgren showed nice speed when his tyres kept intact, considering this was his eighth 4WD rally ever. For example third on SS3, SS12, SS15, SS16 and second on SS4, SS10 and SS20.

    Fantastic event from Greensmith, just unlucky.

    Although, there's just no comparison to Tidemand. An incredible comeback after being set back by two minutes of punctures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarmop View Post
    No, it wouldn`t. We would have another ERC or IRC. WRC2 has that category covered. Then we also have nationals. Nothing is wrong with the way things are now, cars are great, many capable drivers etc.
    I would say, R5 with a bit more power but restricted suspension travel

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    Quote Originally Posted by COD View Post
    I would say, R5 with a bit more power but restricted suspension travel
    why not then 2017 WRC but with restricted suspension travel?

    The Clerk of the courses of Rally Finland have also expressed their concern for the speed of the current cars and said it would be awesome to have the current engines and safety equipment with less suspension travel and aeros and without center diffs, resulting in lower cornering speed and more sideways driving.

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