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WRC and other rallying

  • 14-11-2019 10:07am
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    Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    With the premature end to WRC 2019 I think it's time to start looking at 2020. Below are the current signed drivers/teams. Lobe and Sordo are sharing a car for 2020. There is a lot of talk that Elfyn Evans could end up at Toyota and some that Mikkelsen is off to M-Sport.

    No. Driver name Co-driver name Entrant Car
    4 Esapekka Lappi Janne Ferm Citroën World Rally Team Citroën C3 WRC
    TBA Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Citroën World Rally Team Citroën C3 WRC
    1 Ott Tänak Martin Järveoja Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
    6 Dani Sordo Carlos del Barrio Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
    11 Thierry Neuville Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
    19 Sébastien Loeb Daniel Elena Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
    TBA TBA TBA Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC
    TBA TBA TBA Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC
    TBA TBA TBA M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC
    TBA TBA TBA M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC

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  • Registered Users Posts: 112 ✭✭ mjhickeyie
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    David Evans reports in Autosport today that Citroen possibly pulling out and Ogier & Evans going to Toyota.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,115 ✭✭✭ jelutong
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    I could see M-Sport following suit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭ guyfo
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    I thought Toyota already had Kalle Rovempera signed for next year?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    guyfo wrote: »
    I thought Toyota already had Kalle Rovempera signed for next year?

    Very strong rumours but nothing confirmed just yet.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    Talks of a Subaru return to WRC in 2022 run by M-Sport with Oliver Solberg driving.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,671 ✭✭✭✭ Inquitus
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    h3000 wrote: »
    Talks of a Subaru return to WRC in 2022 run by M-Sport with Oliver Solberg driving.

    That'll be good to see, I remember the days of McRae in the Impreza, was living in England at the time, when to see some stages and special stages in the RAC back then. Rally really seems to have died in popularity since those days, sadly.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    It's sounding like Citroen will announce they are to pull out of the WRC today. Lappi was meant to be testing today which has been cancelled.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    h3000 wrote: »
    It's sounding like Citroen will announce they are to pull out of the WRC today. Lappi was meant to be testing today which has been cancelled.

    Confirmed and a bit nasty to blame Ogier.
    https://twitter.com/CitroenRacing/status/1197102720018079744?s=20

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,115 ✭✭✭ jelutong
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    Not very classy to say the least. It’s hard to disagree about the availability of winning drivers though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,115 ✭✭✭ jelutong
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    Toyota drivers for 2020. Ogier, Evans and Rovanpera.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,757 ✭✭✭ ianobrien
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    The trouble was that the Citroen was a right donkey. Ogier, Meeke, and Lappi, all WRC rally winners, couldn't make it work consistently. The R5 version didn't do too well either. Maybe Citroen couldn't get or keep winning drivers is that they didn't want to work there!

    Anyway, I think it'll be Ogier, Evans and Rovenperra in Toyota, Tanak, Neuvelle, Breen & Sordo in Hyundai, Lappi Sunenin in Ford. Latvala will probably work in the background at Toyota and maybe Meeke at Ford (if he brings sponsorship).


  • Registered Users Posts: 112 ✭✭ mjhickeyie
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    jelutong wrote: »
    Toyota drivers for 2020. Ogier, Evans and Rovanpera.

    Is that confirmed?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    ianobrien wrote: »
    The trouble was that the Citroen was a right donkey. Ogier, Meeke, and Lappi, all WRC rally winners, couldn't make it work consistently. The R5 version didn't do too well either. Maybe Citroen couldn't get or keep winning drivers is that they didn't want to work there!

    Anyway, I think it'll be Ogier, Evans and Rovenperra in Toyota, Tanak, Neuvelle, Breen & Sordo in Hyundai, Lappi Sunenin in Ford. Latvala will probably work in the background at Toyota and maybe Meeke at Ford (if he brings sponsorship).
    Toyota sounds like that alright.

    Hyundai is confirmed Tänak and Neuville. Sordo/Loeb sharing a car. Breen might get Finland and GB as neither Loeb or Sordo like it.


    mjhickeyie wrote: »
    Is that confirmed?
    No but it’s a very strong rumour.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,115 ✭✭✭ jelutong
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    On The Limit Sports are doing a livestream of the Killarney Historic Rally on YouTube.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    jelutong wrote: »
    On The Limit Sports are doing a livestream of the Killarney Historic Rally on YouTube.

    Awesome. I was hoping to get down but it looks like I won’t be able to now so this is great news.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    https://twitter.com/TGR_WRC/status/1199659360173076482?s=20

    As expected Ogier, Evans and Rovanpera at TGR for 2020

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,399 ✭✭✭ recyclebin
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    Will M sport be back at all next season?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    recyclebin wrote: »
    Will M sport be back at all next season?

    They should be there alright. They have quite a few drivers to choose from now. Although some of those drivers may be looking for big paycheques that I can’t see M-Sport handing out.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,115 ✭✭✭ jelutong
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    The M-Sports drives will go the people who bring sponsorship money with them in my opinion.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    Carlos Sainz is Dakar winner again. Some achievement from the guy.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,217 ✭✭✭✭ flazio
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    Closer to home, the launch of the Galway rally has been cancelled as not enough participants have paid up to enter the rally. They have until Monday 20th of January to get 40 paid up participants otherwise the event is getting called off.


    https://www.facebook.com/552344334831213/posts/2732044846861140/


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    flazio wrote: »
    Closer to home, the launch of the Galway rally has been cancelled as not enough participants have paid up to enter the rally. They have until Monday 20th of January to get 40 paid up participants otherwise the event is getting called off.


    https://www.facebook.com/552344334831213/posts/2732044846861140/

    That's a shame. Hopefully they can get the numbers.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    The little off yesterday aside it’s fair to say Ogier is getting his head around the Yaris :eek:
    https://twitter.com/hugo_blancher/status/1217808399955582978

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,709 ✭✭✭ Doctors room ghost
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    flazio wrote: »
    Closer to home, the launch of the Galway rally has been cancelled as not enough participants have paid up to enter the rally. They have until Monday 20th of January to get 40 paid up participants otherwise the event is getting called off.


    https://www.facebook.com/552344334831213/posts/2732044846861140/



    Surely the Galway international will have to go ahead with it being the first round of the championship or will they reschedule the championship otherwise.40 entries short according to statement.
    They will know Monday night what’s going to happen.statement due then


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,709 ✭✭✭ Doctors room ghost
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    There’s a statement due this evening on whether the Galway international will go ahead.
    Some interesting reading online about motorsport Ireland officials promising lowered entry fees but failing to produce anything.huge issue surrounding insurance costs.also several commenting on officials having a stand in the Birmingham motor show.
    Used to be a great 2 day event.cut back to single day in recent years.
    Interesting to see what will happen.
    Several competitors calling for all to not enter until change is implemented in the interest of competitors


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,709 ✭✭✭ Doctors room ghost
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    Galway international to go ahead as planned according to latest statement from Galway motor club with 65 entries received and entries left open.scheduled for February 2nd


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,115 ✭✭✭ jelutong
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    Tanak big off on stage 4. Crew uninjured. Evans in the lead from Neuville and Ogier.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    jelutong wrote: »
    Tanak big off on stage 4. Crew uninjured. Evans in the lead from Neuville and Ogier.

    Sure was a big one.
    https://twitter.com/eWRCresults/status/1220635275002556416?s=20

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,464 ✭✭✭ h3000
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    The cars are built well these days. They are out of the car safe and I hope they will be fine but I'd say they will feel that later.

    https://twitter.com/eWRCresults/status/1220640639055998976?s=20
    https://twitter.com/T_Tuominen/status/1220639658293563392?s=20

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