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    from French forum Neuvilles interview
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    Thierry, let's go back for a moment on this small exit which cost you about fifty seconds on Saturday morning. What really happened?

    "I braked before a summit but I realized that it was too early so I released the pedal but when I came back it was too late, I was a few km / h too fast for negotiating the right turn, I was not far in the ditch, but I was sitting, it took six or seven people to help me out, and that error ultimately cost me up to two because I do not think I would have been able to do better than third in the regular, so it cost me between two and five points we will say.

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    Why was the Hyundai slightly behind the competition?

    "Mostly because we did our dry weather pre-tests while the rally had a lot of mud and rain, Toyota tested two days after Turkey in hateful conditions and Elfyn Evans too. It's just a matter of tweaking. "

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    This 5th place final, you have been looking for the regular. You have not had the help of your teammates, they have not been asked to lift their feet in the last specials?

    "No, not at all because it was as important that they beat Mads Ostberg in the Huyndai constructors championship, and at the last TRC, Andreas just waited to see if he should be late in the event he would be ironed in front of me, but that was not the case. "

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    You miss 4th place for less than five seconds. No regrets? It seems that you did not really attack Saturday at the end of the day, that you ensure your place to be first on the road in the Power Stage?

    "No, that was not the case, I had just a bad position on the road on Saturday, and Andreas and Hayden, who were leaving in front, had better times than me, and I could not go faster."

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    You said that now you are hoping to win in Spain and Australia. A bit optimistic in opening the road to the land in Catalonia, no?

    "It would surprise me that I said that ..." (mega lol !!)

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    It's written in the Hyundai press release ...

    "Yes, it would obviously win the last two, but the Toyota was already very fast last year and they will still be very hard to beat in Catalonia."

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    Finally, you must have been relieved to hear that Ott had given up ...

    "It's all part of the rally, and in the last three events, each of the title contenders was forced to retire when he was leading or about to win the race. is not really a mechanical break like me He broke his radiator by tapping too hard in a hole ... I would say we are therefore equal.

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    Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak exchanged their positions behind you. In the current situation, it may be better, right?

    "Yes, we have seen this weekend that the Toyota is currently very fast and on all terrains, so I prefer in a sense to have the Ford of Ogier just behind me that the Yaris because for me Ott will be again favorite in Spain."

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    Even if mathematically can be crowned in Spain at the end of the month, there is a good chance that the title will be played in Australia. You remain confident?

    "Of course, morale is good, I'm still leading with a seven-point lead, I've got my fate in hand, I won this rally last year and I'm sure my Hyundai will perform well. We did not miss much in England, it's just small details that make the difference. "
    Did you say that you'd rather approach Australia five points behind than five points ahead, which means you're second on the road rather than having to open?

    "Today, I do not think about that, my goal is to increase my lead over Ogier in Spain, if I can count a dozen points in advance, (note: he could then be content with a 3rd place in case of success of his rival), I want to open there. "

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    When we see the level of the Toyota today and that we know that Ogier goes to Citroën, you are not worried about the future?

    "No, Michel Nandan (sports and technical director of Hyundai Motorsport) and the whole team are well aware that the task is going to be tough, we have to move forward and it is developing quite a lot for now. we are going to improve in the future. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by er88 View Post
    Was a great event, really enjoyed the stages and the route this year. We managed to do Clocaenog 1, Slate Mountain and Brenig 2 on the Friday. Myherin 1, Dyfnant and Dyfi 2 on the Saturday, and both runs through the orme on the Saturday.

    Only disappointment was the lack of top line WRC machinery. R5 cars have nothing on the old s2000s in terms of spectacle imo, so the lack of any decent privateers in this new generation of WRC cars is felt. Hopefully Citroen and Msport can run 3 cars next year.
    Yea, it's basically the WRC's, then the Skodas and then it gets kinda boring... :-/

    I found it really hard to change between stages at Rally GB and was quite annoyed on Friday that every other access road to the stage is closed.
    But as soon as I adapted to that on Saturday it was actually quite nice. Everything is pretty well organized. If they let you drive into the car park you know that there is going to be a spot to park your car somewhere.
    Not like in Sardinia or Monte Carlo where parking sometimes results in pure madness ;-)
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    Some interesting points in Neuville interview.
    - he realistically says that he could only get 3rd without the off
    - sees Tänak as favourite in Spain (for me it's Loeb and Ogier)
    - claims that Hyundai has a lot of development going on (well they certainly need it)

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    UK's Channel 5 showed the freeview highlights of Wales Rally GB last night... at midnight.

    After showing the live stages for the first time on Sat & Sun they then ruined that positive with a big negative.

    I dont understand it as they show every other WRC round highlights at 7pm.

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    I had a fantastic day spectating on Myherin. Watched the International class run in the morning, walked a couple of miles down the stage to watch the National cars run, then headed back up the (endless!) hill to see the International cars second pass.

    The 2018 WRCars are just astonishing to watch. Absolutely precision from all the top drivers and incredible speed. Really enjoyed seeing the WRC2 cars as well, I might be on my own, but the R5 class has massively increased my interest in WRC2 (and a lot of National Championships).

    Felt so bad for Tanak when I heard the news of his retirement, very impressive surge from Latvala later on, real shame he couldn't hold off Ogier. Championship standings have closed slightly, though it's a real shame that Ott couldn't take the win and level things out even more.
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    Watching the OB's, I notice Loubet's car was still where he stopped on the first run of the Great Orme (SS21). I didnt see this at the time.



    Shouldnt the car have been removed for the 2nd run (SS23) ? There was certainly plenty of time with the long delay...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dimviii View Post
    Neuvilles off from different angle
    https://youtu.be/_57kpTIGM5M
    Is it the same place, where Markko Märtin did his famous slide?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aXnMt0yUFI

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    I had to skip Sunday but managed to get three days' spectating in. Shakedown and service park on Thursday, then Brenig on Friday - got there nice and early and walked across the dam to watch the first WRC run by the lake (with Dave Richards and three helicopters' worth of VIPs who landed behind us). Once the stage had reopened I went along to the tarmac hairpin for the National crews before climbing back to the official speccie point by the road for the second WRC run and a (relatively) quick exit before the queue into Cerrig got too bad. That speccie point was a good one - the commitment of the top cars coming up the hill was fantastic, Lappi in particular was really twitchy and sideways over the fast left over crest.

    On Saturday I parked in Sweet Lamb and walked into Hafren past the old mines - was so early that the farm gates across the stage were still closed as no marshals or safety crews had been through! Watched on a long open hairpin right, only me on that corner (and a group of lads 200 yards up the hill). Walked back to the double hairpin for the Nationals, then climbed up to the top of Sweet Lamb for the WRC and got to see Tanak's Yaris expire as it came up the hill towards me - gutted for him. Took an hour and 20" to queue my way out of Sweet Lamb, it's always a bit crap getting away but it seemed worse than usual this year.

    Pace of the WRCs was sensational - some of the angles they come into view at.... just ridiculous, but memories that will last a lifetime - we're witnessing something very special here, we won't see the like again once hybrids and bloody electric power units start to be phased in....

    I enjoy the R5s too - you've only to watch some of the vids linked from this thread to see how sideways and spectacular they can be - yeah ok, the noise is a bit feeble compared to a WRC or a screaming S2000, but they're still proper bits of kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eib1 View Post
    Is it the same place, where Markko Märtin did his famous slide?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aXnMt0yUFI
    Looks like a similar spot but 2004 was when the rally was based in south Wales.
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