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    The thread of Talents

    Know of any youngsters on the verge of breaking through?
    Local drivers with potential that you want others to know about?
    Which talents do we believe have what it takes to advance on the international scale?


    Post your leads on your local drivers - the ones that deserve more acknowledge, the exceptional ones, the late bloomers etc. Include the driver's plan for 2019 if available.

    UPDATED: DRIVER LIST
    Some of the young drivers to keep an eye on 2019:
    (list sorted by proximity to WRC - WRC2 - ERC - JWRC - JERC - National Championship Classes)
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    • Kalle Rovanperä,born 2000 (FIN) - 2019: WRC2Pro + ? rounds WRC
    • Gus Greensmith, 1996 (ENG) - 2019: WRC2 + min 1 round WRC
    • Nikolay Gryazin, 1997 (RUS) - reigning ERCU28-champ - 2019: WRC2 + ERC1J
    • Eerik Pietarinen, 1993 (FIN) - reigning Finnish R5-champion - 2019: WRC2
    • Emil Bergkvist, 1994 (SWE) - reigning JWRC-champion - 2019: WRC2
    • Ken Torn, 1993 (EST) - 2019: JWRC
    • Martin Sesks, 1999 (LAT) - reigning ERCU27-champion - 2019: JWRC + ERC1J
    • Tom Kristensson, 1991 (SWE) - reigning ERCU27-runner up - 2019: JWRC
    • Dennis Rĺdström, 1995 (SWE) - reigning JWRC-runner up - 2019: JWRC
    • Jan Solans, 1997 (SPA) - 2019: JWRC
    • Oliver Solberg, 2001 (NOR) - 2019: R5 selected rounds in Latvia + maybe WRC2
    • Emil Lindholm, 1996 (FIN) - 2019: R5 in Finnish Championship + Rally Sweden&Finland WRC2
    • Henrik Pietarinen, ???? (FIN) - 2019: First R5 season in Finnish Championship
    • Julian Wagner, 1995 (AUT) - 2019: AuT R5 championship
    • Petr Semerád, 2001 (CZE)
    • Erik Cais, 2001 (CZE)
    • Mats van den Brand, 1991 (HOL)
    • Chris Ingram, 1994 (ENG)
    • Steve Rökland, 1992 (NOR)
    • Adrian Fourmeaux, 1995 (FRA) - 2018 French Junior Champion - 2019: WRC2
    • Jean-Baptiste Francesci, 1996 (FRA)
    • Ralfs Sirmacis, 1994 (LAT)
    Last edited by Entertainer; 17th January 2019 at 16:15. Reason: Update

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    you first sunshine...

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    I'll start off with

    Tom Kristensson, runner-up in the JERC after Martins Sesks, and gathering sponsorship for full J-WRC-season this year. Strong challenger for the JWRC-goldmedal if he gets funding for full season. Ran 2nd in RC4-cat Rally Deutschland 2018, close to strong JWRC contender Jean-Baptiste Francesci before retirement halfway in to the rally.
    Definetely one to check out in 2019!

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    ok now its time for the sad finnish folks to list 100 names of finish nobodies that they will dominate the sport for the next 100 years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.O.T View Post
    ok now its time for the sad finnish folks to list 100 names of finish nobodies that they will dominate the sport for the next 100 years...
    Might be more than 100 names!

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    How about some french talents? Who will take up the legacy of Ogier and Loeb when they quit? Francesci can't be the only talent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rp View Post
    Might be more than 100 names!
    Haha
    I expect at least ten.

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    Eerik Pietarinen
    Henrik Pietarinen
    Emil Lindholm
    Kristian Kiviniemi
    Henri Hokkala
    Lauri Joona
    Aleksi Röyhkiö
    Roni Kauppi
    Juho Koski-Lammi
    Sami Pajari

    Now there is already ten
    Last edited by rp; 11th January 2019 at 12:06.

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    The biggest talents in Czech Republic, who have a real chance to get in the international scene, are currently these two:

    Petr Semerád (17 years old) - younger brother of Martin Semerád (You might remember his as the youngest winner of PWRC event and a Pirelli Star driver); winner of Czech Rallysprint Series 2018 (not allowed to drive in the main championship yet), nearly two seasons in rallying but on limited scale due to his age, will likely appear on international scene with R2 car (ERC 3 junior perhaps).

    Erik Cais (18 years old) - nearly won ERC Barum rally in 2WD and that result somewhat reflected the whole season, he was fast but rarely finished without some mistake or issue, at the end of season he drove Lausitz rally in Germany on gravel and won 2WD by 4 minutes or so, one season in rallying.

    Both of them have some reasonable backing behind them. Some other guys may be interesting to follow such as Dominik Stříteský (19 years old) or Tomáš Uher (21 years old) but it will be difficult to get on the international level.
    Last edited by Mirek; 11th January 2019 at 14:10.
    Stupid is as stupid does. Forrest Gump

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    I can think of one. Kalle...

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