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Poll: DOUBLE HEADER in Riyadh! [Formula E 19/20, Saudi Arabia ePrix] (34 member(s) have cast votes)

Riyadh is there, what are you looking forward the most?

  1. The Mercedes VS Porsche battle (6 votes [17.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.65%

  2. Screw it, i want ALL manufacturers fighting close! (11 votes [32.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.35%

  3. Rookies at work (7 votes [20.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.59%

  4. Missing Race 1 given the Friday slot (2 votes [5.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.88%

  5. Just give me Formula E back! (8 votes [23.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.53%

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#1 thegamer23

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 13:54

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FORMULA E SEASON 6 THREAD -> https://forums.autos...-thread/page-19

OFFICIAL TWITTER ASHTAG #AdDiriyahePrix

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Formula E is reaching new levels. Every season we say that, but it just keeps improving.

This season, Season 6, is set to be the most competitive, tight & spectacular edition of the championship so far.

 

Why?

 

- HUGE STARTING GRID: 24 cars (!!) on those street circuits. Bring it on! 

- MERCEDES & PORSCHE JOIN:  Joining an already spectacular field of Constructors

- MORE GREAT DRIVERS: F2 Champion Nyck De Vries & Brendon Hartley above them all. But also joining in Neel Jani, James Calado, Nico Mueller!

- MORE OVERTAKING: Energy will now be detracted by cars even during Safety Car or FCY periods, meaning that we could see more energy saving --> much more overtaking
- ATTACK MODE BOOST: Attack mode will be boosted to 235 kW (220 last year), that could be crucial in terms of strategies! 
- NEW LOCATIONS: London coming back, Seoul & Jakarta making their debuts!
- REVISED CIRCUITS:  Several tracks are going to be tweaked with the removal of some of the tighter chicanes, let those Gen 2 stretch their legs! 

- IMMERSIVE FEED: Ride onboard with the FE drivers thanks to the new Helmet cams, Indy-Car likey! 

 

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DS Techeetah: Jean-Eric Vergne - Antonio Felix da Costa
Porsche: André Lotterer - Neel Jani

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler: Lucas di Grassi - Daniel Abt

Virgin-Audi: Sam Bird - Robin Frijns

Nissan e.dams: Sébastien Buemi - Oliver Rowland

BMW Andretti: Alexander Sims - Maximilian Günther

Mahindra: Jérôme D'Ambrosio - Pascal Wehrlein

Jaguar: Mitch Evans - James Calado ®

Venturi Mercedes: Edoardo Mortara - Felipe Massa

Mercedes EQ: Stoffel Vandoorne  - Nyck de Vries ®

Penske Dragon Racing: Brendon Hartley ® - Nico Müller ®

NIO: Oliver Turvey  - Ma Qing Hua

 

 

 

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Valencia Tests are now part of the Formula E tradition. 
It's been now three years of Pre-Season testing there, with different track configurations.

Not the classic FE track, but the usual good weather allows teams to complete their programmes without too much troubles.

 

As always: hard to read too much into the timings, but one can try. 
Max Gunther looked sharp in his new BMW seat, fast in each day of the test, but the field is JUST CLOSE

22 drivers in one second.  :stoned:  :stoned:  :stoned:  :stoned: 

 

Mercedes had quite a troubled start of the FE adventure.

Nyck De Vries had most of the techinical problems, making his debut even more difficult, while Vandoorne managed to get a good mileage under his bag (he won a race simulation too!)
Porsche never looked ultra-fast in the hands of Lotterer & Jani. Some minor crashes in the chicane also prevented the pair to complete a decent amount of laps. 

 

OVERALL TIMES

 

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The Double Header will take place in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, in the streets of the Ad Diriyah.

 

Do you remember last year's race?

Well, Season 5 had a troubled start in terms of weather: FP1 & most of FP2 was cancelled due to a huge thunderstorm. (yep, raining in the desert).
Drivers had only like 20 minutes of running in very wet conditions before jumping into an equally wet quali. 

Pole position was achieved by Antonio Felix Da Costa with BMW, in front of Pechito Lopez's Dragon Racing. Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA) showed great speed in those tricky conditions, finishing P4. 

Than, the e-Prix happened, with a humid yet mostly dry track. 
And it was a great start of the Gen 2 Era, with a pretty straightforward yet battle-filled race. 

 

 

 

 

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Ad Diriyah's Street Circuit is unique: the track follows the natural profile of the dunes around the city's outskirt. 
As a result of that, the entire Sector 2 is a spectacular Up-Down flowing section, with medium to fast speed corners between the walls.

Very Macau-Esque. 

Best overtaking spot is for sure Turn 18, where we've seen plenty of wheel to wheel battles last season. 

The track was humid last year, so we're yet to see the full potential of the cars around a dry track!

 

The track is 2.495 km long, with 21 turns.  Enjoy an onboard ride with Sam Bird

 

 

 

 

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DOUBLE HEADER; DOUBLE FUN!
Although the first event is on Friday, so not ideal! 

Early start for the Formula E weekend

 

 

UK Times

 

FRIDAY 22TH NOVEMBER

 

 

3.50 - FREE PRACTICE 1  [YT, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, APP]

5.55 - FREE PRACTICE 2  [YT, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, APP]
7.45 - QUALIFYING [EUROSPORT 2]

11.30 - RACE 1 [BBC Red Button, BBC Player, BBC Website, Eurosport 2] 

 

 

SATURDAY 23TH NOVEMBER

 

5.55 - FREE PRACTICE  [YT, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, APP]
7.45 - QUALIFYING [EUROSPORT 2]

11.30 - RACE 2 [BBC Red Button, BBC Player, BBC Website, Eurosport 2] 

 

 

Look for your country's broadcast list there -> https://www.fiaformu...90da8e7c1fdd399

 

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#2 thegamer23

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 14:03

A BIG SEASON PREVIEW
With coverage from testing, interviews & much more! 
 



#3 maximilian

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 15:09

Wow, what an OP!  Great job.  Can't wait!!  :up:  :up:



#4 Henri Greuter

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 16:07

I wonder how many race fans realise that Formula E is one of the very few, if not actually the only series in which the German "Big Four" (Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche), are entered and competing against another in the very same events. Not even in the overhallowed DTM on tracks in their own "Heimat" is anything like this happening.

Laugh and make fun about FE but try to find another series that provides such a German civil war.


Edited by Henri Greuter, 17 November 2019 - 16:28.


#5 TomNokoe

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 16:11

I don't usually watch Formula E, but these threads are awfully persuasive.


Edited by TomNokoe, 17 November 2019 - 16:12.


#6 Risil

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 22:54

Friday lunchtime, huh? I'll give that a shot.



#7 PayasYouRace

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 22:54

I might be able to catch it. I think I'm on an early shift that Friday.



#8 Imateria

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 02:08

The Friday race makes me glad I work from home.

 

Is fanboost still a thing this year, I honestly can't remember anything being said about it since New York?



#9 SonGoku

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 02:33

I wonder how many race fans realise that Formula E is one of the very few, if not actually the only series in which the German "Big Four" (Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche), are entered and competing against another in the very same events. Not even in the overhallowed DTM on tracks in their own "Heimat" is anything like this happening.
Laugh and make fun about FE but try to find another series that provides such a German civil war.

Compared to other series they just started. Plenty more to come and power will only increase in the future.

For me as consumer FE is way more relevant than DTM and WEC and judging the empty stands (except Le Mans) I am not the only one.

Edited by SonGoku, 18 November 2019 - 02:34.


#10 thegamer23

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 07:47

The Friday race makes me glad I work from home.

Is fanboost still a thing this year, I honestly can't remember anything being said about it since New York?


Well, it's still there but nobody even talks about it anymore 😂
Time to drop it

#11 thegamer23

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:50

Meanwhile, Envision Virgin Racing completes a Major HQ Expansion, with also a brand new simulator

 

https://www.autospor...e-proof-fe-team

 

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Edited by thegamer23, 18 November 2019 - 08:52.


#12 Peat

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 10:00

I wonder how many race fans realise that Formula E is one of the very few, if not actually the only series in which the German "Big Four" (Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche), are entered and competing against another in the very same events. 

 

GT3 is the other. 



#13 RSRally

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 10:48

Are we sure qualy is on Youtube? Motorsportbroadcasting is reporting not..

#14 sportyskells

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 11:03

I suggest asking the Formula e twitter account on that front



#15 balage06

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 11:19

EuroSport still has the rights I hope. That's the only way to follow FE live here.



#16 thegamer23

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 11:23

EuroSport still has the rights I hope. That's the only way to follow FE live here.


They do have rights, quali & races.

I might be wrong about the qualis on YT tho, i'll investigate!

Edited by thegamer23, 18 November 2019 - 11:23.


#17 JavierDeVivre

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 11:38

Do the red R symbols in the OP represent rookie status?

Balage06, Eurosport UK still have rights at least. They are showing qualifying and the races live on Friday and Saturday.

#18 thegamer23

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 13:04

Do the red R symbols in the OP represent rookie status?

Balage06, Eurosport UK still have rights at least. They are showing qualifying and the races live on Friday and Saturday.

 

Yep rookies!
I can also confirm no Quali on YouTube, same as last year.

 

 



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Posted 18 November 2019 - 13:15

any idea what the Qualifying groups will look like? Last year they were supposed to be ordered by the predecing championship's result - if that's the case again, it would look like this:

 

Group 1:

01     Jean-Éric Vergne
02     Sébastien Buemi
03     Lucas di Grassi
04     Robin Frijns
05     Mitch Evans
06     António Félix da Costa

 

Group 2:
07     Daniel Abt
08     André Lotterer
09     Sam Bird
10     Oliver Rowland
11     Jérôme d'Ambrosio
12     Pascal Wehrlein

 

Group 3:
13     Alexander Sims
14     Edoardo Mortara
15     Felipe Massa
16     Stoffel Vandoorne
17     Maximilian Günther
20     Oliver Turvey

 

Group 4:
xx    Brendon Hartley
xx    Nico Müller
xx    Nyck de Vries
xx    Ma Qing Hua
xx    James Calado
xx    Neel Jani


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#20 Grayson

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 13:31

- HUGE STARTING GRID: 24 cars (!!) on those street circuits. Bring it on! 

...

- MORE GREAT DRIVERS: F2 Champion Nyck De Vries & Brendon Hartley above them all. But also joining in Neel Jani, James Calado, Nico Mueller!

 

 

I wasn't too bothered, but that's certainly enough to get me excited!

 

Looking down the entry list, there are some seriously good drivers on the list.

 

It's good timing to have the season opener in the weekend between the final two F1 races, but it's a shame that there's such a big gap between that and Round 2 (or Round 3 if that's how we count things after the double header). Another race on 7th December when we're suffering from F1 withdrawal and the bulk of the season taking place in F1's three and half month off season would have been a nice way to build momentum and get some eyeballs on Formula E...



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Posted 18 November 2019 - 13:51

any idea what the Qualifying groups will look like? Last year they were supposed to be ordered by the predecing championship's result - if that's the case again, it would look like this:

 

Group 1:

01     Jean-Éric Vergne
02     Sébastien Buemi
03     Lucas di Grassi
04     Robin Frijns
05     Mitch Evans
06     António Félix da Costa

 

Group 2:
07     Daniel Abt
08     André Lotterer
09     Sam Bird
10     Oliver Rowland
11     Jérôme d'Ambrosio
12     Pascal Wehrlein

 

Group 3:
13     Alexander Sims
14     Edoardo Mortara
15     Felipe Massa
16     Stoffel Vandoorne
17     Maximilian Günther
20     Oliver Turvey

 

Group 4:
xx    Brendon Hartley
xx    Nico Müller
xx    Nyck de Vries
xx    Ma Qing Hua
xx    James Calado
xx    Neel Jani

 

 

Should exactly be like that for the first race of the season.  :up:

 

Than, going on, Group 1 will see the top 6 drivers in the current champ standings

 

Weather Update: Sun & clear sky expected for the weekend. Temperatures from 13°c to 23°C

It will be a trouble free double header!


Edited by thegamer23, 18 November 2019 - 13:54.


#22 HistoryFan

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 14:13

I think Maxi Günther will win the season-opener.



#23 thegamer23

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 15:31

AH!
Missed this important piece of news!

1 EXTRA POINT to be awarded to each driver who tops his quali group. 

https://www.motorspo...utm_content=www


So, one could score 4 points even before the race (Topping the quali group + SuperPole)

Drivers are pretty happy about that.


Edited by thegamer23, 18 November 2019 - 15:42.


#24 thegamer23

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 15:32

I think Maxi Günther will win the season-opener.


Well possible! The kid was on it during testing, and showed flashes of great speed last season. 

 



#25 RSRally

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 15:58

Yep rookies!
I can also confirm no Quali on YouTube, same as last year


Pretty sure it was on Youtube last year!

On a related note, anyone spot the advert for Formula E during Channel 4's F1 highlights last night?

#26 thegamer23

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 18:15

Just discovered that, in Saudi Arabia, the weekend is Friday-Saturday. Sunday is a work day.

That's the reason behind the schedule!

Fascinating

 


Edited by thegamer23, 18 November 2019 - 19:11.


#27 deepsouth

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 05:25

Man I love the FE quali system.



#28 Branislav

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:04

This is getting bigger and bigger. I wonder when will japanese manufacturers join in(Honda, Toyota). And also american(Chevy, Ford).



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 12:24

Well possible! The kid was on it during testing, and showed flashes of great speed last season.

Qualifying Group 3 for him (and Sims) should also definitely help to get the BMW high up the grid.

 

With the new rules, Qualifying is likely to not be as important as last season anymore, but the car was strong around here last year anyway, so I can see it happen as well.


Edited by search, 19 November 2019 - 12:24.


#30 thegamer23

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 12:30

-3

 

Attack Zone moved on the outside of Turn 18.

No other noticable changes, apart from a slightly slower Turn 5 entry due to a different wall placement.

 

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Official Quali 1 Groups

 

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Mercedes EQ Race Preview

https://www.mercedes...n-of-a-new-era/

 

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#31 thegamer23

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 17:13

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Interesting words by Geox Dragon Racing driver, Brendon Hartley, on Formula E

 

“It's very different from anything I have driven before,”

“You have much more power than grip and it’s a real challenge to get everything out of it"

 

“I also particularly enjoy the development side of it, there are not many championships in the world that there is still the opportunity to help develop software, vehicle dynamics and a power train.”


“All the drivers in the paddock are genuinely happy to be there and love the fierce competition and exciting races FE has to offer.”


Edited by thegamer23, 19 November 2019 - 17:14.


#32 Rob29

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 17:24

Any  info        on TV                                coverage of Jaguar e-series? THREE female drivers                                                                                                                                          promised :clap:



#33 Risil

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 17:25

"All the drivers in the paddock are genuinely happy to be there"

 

Whatever could you mean Brendon



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 17:27

Any  info        on TV                                coverage of Jaguar e-series? THREE female drivers                                                                                                                                          promised :clap:

 

It will be available on EuroSport Player it seems.



#35 Vielleicht

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 18:57

Looking forward to this so much. Been flat out busy for ages, won't be after Thursday and I've got friday off... going to be good :)



#36 thegamer23

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 19:30

Omnious fanboost lead for Mercedes

 

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Edited by thegamer23, 19 November 2019 - 19:32.


#37 RSRally

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 00:26

Oh crikey, Vergne and DiGrassi in qualy group 1.. get ready for some moaning.

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:57

Interesting words by Geox Dragon Racing driver, Brendon Hartley, on Formula E
 
“You have much more power than grip and it’s a real challenge to get everything out of it"

Awesome  :cool:



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Posted 20 November 2019 - 12:58

Build day
Actually nothing much else to build, Riyadh is top notch in terms of structures. Proper Pit Lane & Garages! 

Tomorrow, LIVE SHAKEDOWN from 12.50 UK Time

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 14:34

GUESS WHAT

Venturi with a different livery than what seen in Testing.

BUT it seems to be a yet another White-Red-Black one!

 

Seriosuly?   :lol: 
It's going to be a nightmare for Jack Nicholls this season
 

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Porsche

 

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Awesome Intro by the way

 


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#41 RSRally

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 19:32

GUESS WHAT

Venturi with a different livery than what seen in Testing.
BUT it seems to be a yet another White-Red-Black one!

Seriosuly? :lol:
It's going to be a nightmare for Jack Nicholls this season

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Good.. the launch livery was ****!

#42 Vielleicht

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 21:55

Looks like a Penske IndyCar livery



#43 CL16

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 22:00

We need a car with neon yellow in it

#44 thegamer23

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 22:24

You know the Formula E Season is about to kick off when the Sam Smith's notebooks drops, with plenty of rumors & stuff happening in the FE paddock!

 

Sam Smith's Wednesday Notebook

https://e-racing365....esday-notebook/

 

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Edited by thegamer23, 20 November 2019 - 22:27.


#45 math44

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 23:52

Punta del Este was great. I hope to see this track back in the future. 



#46 RSRally

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 05:30

Is there shakedown today?

#47 Clrnc

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 05:31

Wow just realised the Nissan livery is amazing. That's my fav so far followed by Porsche, Virgin and Audi in that order.



#48 thegamer23

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 07:45

Is there shakedown today?


Yep, 12.50 UK time! Stay tuned

#49 CL16

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 07:56

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Rocket willi I mean Venturi

#50 thegamer23

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 07:59

Breaking News!!
Rokit becomes Venturi main sponsor!!

Edit: 2nd!

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