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    David Richards couldn't promote WRC efficiently when it was arguably at its highest point in terms of driver talent/fame and manufacturer interest. What can he do now? Questionable at best.

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    I heard Richards has this novel idea of making all rallies a homogenised cloverleaf format. I bet it will make rallying go from strength to strength

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKSjbg View Post
    I heard Richards has this novel idea of making all rallies a homogenised cloverleaf format. I bet it will make rallying go from strength to strength
    yes, from memory so please correct me if i'm wrong but it went something like this: he bought the TV rights in the early 2000s from ISC and introduced the cloverleaf and increased the calendar 16 rallies for a bigger/better tv package. Teams said it's expensive to do 16 rounds so they reduced to 2 cars per team. Then a few years later he sold the TV rights to North One (I assume at a nice profit for himself). I doubt he cared or understood the medium to long term prospects for the sport at the time so my expectations are low. The things that could give hope are that maybe now he's not motivated by money and there's also Robert Reid there.

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    Mikkelsen said goodbye on his sociale to Skoda Motorsport. So the deal with Hyundai seems official at last..

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    So, the italian rumours were right once again, if I had to guess they’ll probably make it official tomorrow, as well as Toyota. Again, just guessing.
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    It looks like they will make announcement tomorrow. But still that lineup for the third car doesn't make sense for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seb_sh View Post
    yes, from memory so please correct me if i'm wrong but it went something like this: he bought the TV rights in the early 2000s from ISC and introduced the cloverleaf and increased the calendar 16 rallies for a bigger/better tv package. Teams said it's expensive to do 16 rounds so they reduced to 2 cars per team. Then a few years later he sold the TV rights to North One (I assume at a nice profit for himself). I doubt he cared or understood the medium to long term prospects for the sport at the time so my expectations are low. The things that could give hope are that maybe now he's not motivated by money and there's also Robert Reid there.
    Hopefully he has learned from his mistake the first time around and also, like you said, that he’s not motivated by a deal to struck this time

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    What if Hyundai thinks they a backup in Suninen anyway, since he is so much younger than Mikkelsen? And this way they have removed a threat from WRC2? Other than the value of a relatively safe pair of hands, I mean.

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    Speaking of Hyundai. I think that Kalle dropped a bombshell with his part time season next year and I bet that if Tanak would have known that he would stayed at Msport one more year. It will be a very interesting dynamic in that team and Cyril will have hands full of work.

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