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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyRAC View Post
    To be honest, I can't help but think that if the sport was run better in the UK, was more popular and received decent exposure which brought in all kinds of sponsors/££££££ then ForestryEngland wouldn't be bothered about motorsport on their land; in fact they may even welcome it. They even state it themselves that the sport isn't as popular as it was; yet you'll get some people, maybe even those in the sport saying the opposite.
    There's no doubt about that in my mind. I fear it's too late, but if nothing else, this might give all involved a bit of a wake up call. The alienation of the public and failure to recognise the value of investing in creating/sustaining rallies as public events of note rather than just rallies has killed the sport. MotorsportUK should be ashamed by what the sport has become under their 'leadership'. No discernible strategy whatsoever, more like an unmanaged decline. I had hoped David Richards might turn the situation around, but he seems to me to have washed his hands of rallying, having failed as the WRC Promoter and presumably lost a lot of money in doing so.

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    New Hybrid Rally1 car will be ready in 22 or 23.
    What is lost if we go R5+ as gapfiller top car, with a bit more spoilers and maybe a bit bigger restrictor.
    All customers should be able to buy an upgrade kit.
    Toyota need to build an R5, but will be able to, and will mke money from it.
    Tech upgrades will have to be frozen, or maybe one joker.

    In These corona times, motorsport departments are struggeling to get the needed money from the board, so something that will save money will be welcomed.

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    Q:
    We are seeing with the new format of rallies now that Sundays have become a proper day. Would you prefer it to be that way in future?
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    Actually I would say that, currently, the format is pretty nice. We can come to the event one day later and still we have a proper competition. It shouldn’t’ just be for this year, it should be generally like this.
    and Ogier gave thumbs up

    https://www.fia.com/news/wrc-rally-t...e-transcript-0

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    Absolute Rally podcast ft. Hayden Paddon on his EV rally car and the future:

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/0TW...TeSVkCd1_xWUWg

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    To be honest, the WRC should have gone hybrid a while ago; all seems 'too little too late'. The WRC is in danger of being left behind.

    And the news today from Honda is going to leave many manufacturers in motorsport wondering their next move. How longer is ICE relevant for manufacturers? I'm not sure it is.

    Is there a better sound than that of Porsche engined Flat-6 ???

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    Go full electric already then.... And instead of 2 or 3 manus at the start in 2022 be ready to have the incredible amount of ZERO.

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    The hybrid issue with Hyundai and also the fact they are freezing their workers wages looks like there may a problem for them to stay in the WRC.

    However they wont want to leave their biggest car sales rivals, Toyota, an open goal to win the Championship for years...
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    Both VW and Citroen said it out loud already 2 years ago. WRC should have gone hybrid already for 2020-2021. Could probably have been done with some very mild hybrid/electric turbo just attached to the 2017 cars. Perhaps it would be possible not to increase the cost too much then ( since most of the car was already paid for). Then this hybrid could have been refined for next 2 years while getting ready for electric.
    Instead they now have to invest more money on making completely new hybrids which probably won't last long.

    I'll keep repeating that it's a bit of a tradition for WRC to be behind the trend in automotive industry. (turbos, downsizing...)

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