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    Quote Originally Posted by dimviii View Post
    Interesting record, what might be the comment?

    I have two ideas.

    1. Apart from Rovanpera, all drivers, who won their first Special Stage “under 20”, belong to the generation, that was born circa 1990. I lost sight of this generation a bit, I had a “gap” in watching WRC. It seems that there is some tendency: drivers reach some level of their careers quicker, than it usually happened in the past (of course there are exceptions). Looking from this perspective, this spectacular activity of young Rovanpera can be seen as the next step of the process.

    2. And, for sure, second conclusion: spectacular, early “kick-off” doesn’t guarantee the really great achievements in the next years. So, oki, maybe the fascination with Rovanpera Jr. and his speed should be combined with skeptical reserve.

    Anyway, will be great to watch next round in March, probably the first “normal”.

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    Also notice that Mikkelsen, Wilson and Østberg won super specials. Kalle was 0.1 from doing that in Germany 2018, with an R5 car!

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    Does anyone have a video clips of a toyota zero car in action?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Rally Fan View Post
    Interesting record, what might be the comment?

    I have two ideas.

    1. Apart from Rovanpera, all drivers, who won their first Special Stage “under 20”, belong to the generation, that was born circa 1990. I lost sight of this generation a bit, I had a “gap” in watching WRC. It seems that there is some tendency: drivers reach some level of their careers quicker, than it usually happened in the past (of course there are exceptions). Looking from this perspective, this spectacular activity of young Rovanpera can be seen as the next step of the process.

    2. And, for sure, second conclusion: spectacular, early “kick-off” doesn’t guarantee the really great achievements in the next years. So, oki, maybe the fascination with Rovanpera Jr. and his speed should be combined with skeptical reserve.

    Anyway, will be great to watch next round in March, probably the first “normal”.
    Gardemaister was at podium at his first outing with cordoba wrc.

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    Strange but exciting rally, i'm glad they didn't cancel it. Without going overboard I think the decision to dump JML and Meeke over Rovanpera and Evans was the right one. Evans kind of reminds of Tanak career trajectory. Also I notice that Rovanpera so far learns and adapts within the rally. This could be a very interesting season indeed!

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    Thoroughly impressed with Elfyn, last time someone was this quick out of the box and with respect to their previous season they became world champion and, even then, it took them a few years to dominate the timesheets in such a fashion. Kalle too shone this weekend, showing the speed he's known for and really sending out a warning to the rest of the crews. That said, I expect his first shunt to come soon.

    I do want to give Lappi an honorable mention however, for having picked himself out of his recent slump. Last year he was either on the podium or off the pace but now it looks like he's regained some confidence. Solid performances so far in a car that seems like it's starting to lag behind the competition.

    As for Ogier, we'll never know if it would have paid off to stick with Citroen and trust their upgrades rather than jump ship to a new team where either he's getting no preferential treatment at all, where his age has begun to show, or where maybe he's just not fit for the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Also notice that Mikkelsen, Wilson and Østberg won super specials. Kalle was 0.1 from doing that in Germany 2018, with an R5 car!
    Thanks, I didn't realize. it is important.

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    No point in writing off Ogier.

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    Gardemaister was at podium at his first outing with cordoba wrc.[/QUOTE]

    It was New Zeland, wasn't it? 1999 - what a wonderful season was that. Toni finished 3rd behind two much more experienced compatriots... Yes, that was impressive. If I remember well, the opinion this time was that Gardemeister is most promising. And than he was rather in the shadow of his peers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve.mandzij View Post
    Kalle too shone this weekend, showing the speed he's known for and really sending out a warning to the rest of the crews. That said, I expect his first shunt to come soon.
    That's kind of the normal process, that the new guys first show speed but then start crashing a bit cause they don't have the experience and take some time to get more stable. Kalle kind of already did that last year with Skoda, but might happen again. The only driver that I remember not having such a crashy period after first succeses is Loeb.

    I do want to give Lappi an honorable mention however, for having picked himself out of his recent slump. Last year he was either on the podium or off the pace but now it looks like he's regained some confidence. Solid performances so far in a car that seems like it's starting to lag behind the competition.
    I agree Lappi deserves praise for the two outings, decent speed (especially compared with Suninen) and no big moments. It's just a shame it's really hard to tell how much is the car limiting him or not. Here he said a few times he had perfect stages and still was around 5th place in SS. Does that mean the car can't go faster or Lappi can't go faster? The car led here last year, but Lappi also did well here both in Toyota (4th) and C3 (2nd).

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