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    2019 Crystall Ball Predictions

    5 predictions per person (please exercise some self-discipline in sticking to just 5)
    [EDIT - predictions need to be specific/measurable e.g. AnttiL's 4th prediction is a good example]
    Award for most of 5 predictions correct
    Honour for the most extreme prediction that turns out to be correct

    Predictions close 10am French time on Thursday January 24th i.e. when Monte Carlo Shakedown begins

    Tip - always shine your Crystal Ball to get clearer predictions
    Last edited by KiwiWRCfan; 3rd January 2019 at 02:11.
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    1 Pontus Tidemand to get at least 6 WRC starts
    2 Monte, Sweden & Mexico will each have different winners
    3 Seb Ogier will not add Argentina winner to his CV
    4 Manufacturers and Drivers titles will both be decided in Australia again.
    5 Esapekka Lappi will get his second career win
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    1 Kris Meeke unable to match the speed of Tänak and Latvala, and therefore has to settle for clear #3 role at Toyota
    2 Thierry Neuville will not win the title in 2019
    3 Teemu Suninen to score his first WRC win
    4 Andreas Mikkelsen will not drive full season
    5 Finland will be the fastest WRC rally ever (on avg. speed)
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    1. Loeb to get more than one podium
    2. Citroën, especially Lappi to do better than expected, and be consistently in or around podium places
    3. Both titles to be decided on the last round
    4. Katsuta will surprise everyone in a positive way
    5. We will have at least one driver replaced during the season
    Last edited by TWRC; 3rd January 2019 at 08:24.

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    1 Meeke to win at least 3 rallies in 2019 but ultimately bow to Tanak in the driver's championship
    2 Hyundai will finish 2nd in the Constructors championship
    3 Lappi will finish last of the full season WRC crews in 2019
    4 Ogier will return to his whining (not winning) ways
    5 Neuville to implode by the summer break.

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    1 Hyundai to pull the plug at the end of the season
    2 Driver and Manu titles decided before the last round
    3 Latvala outpaced by Meeke
    4 No new WRC winner
    5 Ogier will not do every rounds

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    1. Tänak to be World champion but to win less stages per rally than in 2018 (70/13≈5.38)
    2. In addition to Tidemand, five new drivers will make their competitive debut at the wheel of a 2017 WRC car at a WRC event
    3. Eight drivers will do a complete season at the wheel of a WRC car – more than in 2017 or 2018 – although the total amount of works WRC starts per rally on average will be smaller.
    4. Meeke will keep being Meeke – fast but inconsistent and prone to errors. To measure this I predict more stage wins but less overall points than Latvala
    5. Meeke fans will keep throwing “will he be sacked now / why don't they sack him” comments to Ogier or Lappi if they retire a rally from a driving mistake

    EDIT: changed #2 from two to five because I forgot there will always be gentlemen drivers.
    Last edited by AnttiL; 4th January 2019 at 07:52.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allez Andruet View Post
    5 Finland will be the fastest WRC rally ever (on avg. speed)
    I seriously doubt this as the route will most likely be constructed on small roads like 2018 and there was a considerable drop from 2017 to 2018 (126 -> 122 km/h).

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    1. Thierry Neuville will win Monte ahead of Ott Tanak while Citroens struggle
    2.Tanak takes Sweden . 1-2 to Toyota
    3.Loeb will win one event
    4. Tanak repeats its Hat trick
    5.Decider in australia once again

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    1. WRC2 Pro will end after 2019 due to lack of entries.
    2. Citroen will not win any title this year
    3. Kris Meeke will shine in Toyota
    4. Loeb will win Rally Chile
    5. Neuville or Tanak will finally win the deserved title.

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