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#101 Danyy

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 07:44

1 hour to go until first stage of the day - recap



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#102 Danyy

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 08:35

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#103 Danyy

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 09:44

Massive moment for Loeb on the ice
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Stage 9 times
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#104 Danyy

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 10:39

Stage 10 done and another monster stage from Evans he leads Ogier +4.8, Neuville +16

#105 messy

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 10:48

I’m very impressed with Evans. If he manages to beat Seb here I’ll be even more so. This is Ogier’s backyard and he’s beating him (just)

Suspect Ogier thought Evans was a nice team-mate to have after 2018 where he was nowhere near him.

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#106 OSX

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 11:12

Would be really nice to see Evans winning this. His performance really has been impressive so far. Fingers crossed! :up:



#107 Amz964

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 11:20

Evans has been super impressive so far as others have said. In the last few years he has shown himself to be a very good tarmac driver. Out of curiosity when was the last time a driver from the UK won the Monte? Don't remember Colin or Richard winning it?

#108 noikeee

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 11:25

Evans has been super impressive so far as others have said. In the last few years he has shown himself to be a very good tarmac driver. Out of curiosity when was the last time a driver from the UK won the Monte? Don't remember Colin or Richard winning it?


According to Wikipedia... Vic Elford in 1968!!

#109 Amz964

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 11:32

According to Wikipedia... Vic Elford in 1968!!



So a fair while then lol. That's crazy though think the closest since then to a driver from the GB winning it was Colin in 2001 when the car let him down while battling with Tommi Makkinen but since then the Monte has been dominated by a couple of Sebastian's.

#110 ArnageWRC

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 11:49

According to Wikipedia... Vic Elford in 1968!!

Yes, for Porsche - and a week later won the Daytona 24 Hours, again driving a Porsche. He was one of the great 'all rounders'. And still with us....



#111 OSX

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 12:48

According to Wikipedia... Vic Elford in 1968!!

My name is Elford, Vic Elford...

 

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#112 Danyy

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 13:46

Ogier and Evans have exactly the same time, incredible!
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#113 Amz964

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 13:50

Yep shaping up to be a classic. Evans and Ogier tied and Neuville still right there to pick up the pieces.

#114 Amz964

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 15:04

Neuville doing a charge in the last 2 stages. Evans back on top again. Top 3 only separated by 6.4 seconds now.

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#115 Danyy

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 15:06

It’s gonna be close tomorrow, may the best man win!

#116 Branislav

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 15:41

I'll be surprised if Ogi doesn't take this.

 

He's best out there in the best car.



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Posted 25 January 2020 - 15:56

I’ve been very impressed with Evans’ performance. First rally in a new team and car and he’s fighting toe to toe with the leaders. 6.4 seconds covering the top 3 with 4 stages to go tomorrow. I can’t wait, it’s going to be so good! :D

#118 BRG

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 16:03

I expect there will be team orders in favour of Ogier.



#119 Branislav

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 16:07

I expect there will be team orders in favour of Ogier.

I wouldn't like that.



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#120 BRG

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 17:14

I wouldn't like that.

Nor would I, nor would Elfyn, i suspect. 

 

But Ogier was signed as the superstar and Tommi wouldn't want to see his big investment beaten by the humble #2 driver.



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Posted 25 January 2020 - 18:09

But Ogier was signed as the superstar and Tommi wouldn't want to see his big investment beaten by the humble #2 driver.

 

How about we complain if and when this actually happens? I don’t believe Ogier would want win like that, and I doubt Toyota would enjoy the negative publicity. Remember when Ogier won in Poland after Tanak lost what would’ve been his 1st win due to a last stage puncture? And did this:

 


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 21:55

I'm sorry, I've come here to complain. I'd really like to follow wrc.. I fell in love with it by downloading eurosport coverage from racing underground. I miss those highlight shows. I didnt think that red bull TV could get much worse, but these past 2 days have proved me wrong. We now get 15 minute highlight shows with 1 minute of actual highlights and 14 minutes of talking. I know I shouldn't complain because it's free, but I need the stage by stage highlight that we used to get.

#123 Amz964

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 22:00

I'm sorry, I've come here to complain. I'd really like to follow wrc.. I fell in love with it by downloading eurosport coverage from racing underground. I miss those highlight shows. I didnt think that red bull TV could get much worse, but these past 2 days have proved me wrong. We now get 15 minute highlight shows with 1 minute of actual highlights and 14 minutes of talking. I know I shouldn't complain because it's free, but I need the stage by stage highlight that we used to get.


Yeah what's happened with that? The highlights used to be a decent length but now it's basically nothing as you said. I was thinking this yesterday but was thinking it was a one off thing and they would do proper highlights for Saturday and Sunday but looks like not, shame really if this is how it's going to be now.

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#124 Myrvold

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 22:02

No idea, but the youtube stuff have taken a dive as well. Feels like they are trying to force people over to WRC+



#125 tormave

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 04:01

I’m subscribed to both WRC+ and F1TV. WRC+ is just way better. It’s miles ahead of anything Eurosport was able to put together. I can sympathize with them racheting down the free offering, because producing entertainment at this high quality level must cost a ton. So you have to choose between views and paid subs. They have live helicopter footage from almost every stage in addition to the in-car cameras and camera crews on the special stage, actually not annoying commentary, and interviews of every driver after almost every stage.

 

90 euros for 13 rallies is pretty reasonable in my opinion. As a point of comparison, it’s the price of one cheapest top shelf seat to go see an NHL ice hockey game where I live. I think I watched every stage of every rally last year. It’s a no brainer to me at least.



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 07:12

5 mins until stage 13/16 kicks off
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#Tyre info - SS13 ➡️SS16

Ogier/Evans/Rovanperä/Neuville/Lappi : 3MICHELIN Pilot Sport Super Soft (SS) + 3S

Katsuta: 4SS+2S
Loeb: 5SS
Suninen: 2SS + 4S

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#127 F1Chris

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 07:29

Tired of watching catchups and daily highlights so I'm going WRC+ this year.. Anyone got a promo code for some % off?  :smoking:



#128 OSX

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 08:11

No idea, but the youtube stuff have taken a dive as well. Feels like they are trying to force people over to WRC+

This is clearly the chosen marketing strategy. Starve them and they will come... :down:



#129 mikeC

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 08:46

This is clearly the chosen marketing strategy. Starve them and they will come... :down:

That doesn't work for me; tempt me, and I might spend my money, but hide everything away and I'll just not bother.



#130 Danyy

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 08:49

Neuville takes the lead and Loeb loses 4th after SS14
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#131 Amz964

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 10:35

Neuville wins stage 15 and now has a 11 second lead over Evans and 12 over Ogier going into the power stage. Evans didn't have a good run and lost 7 seconds.

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#132 Jvr

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 10:44

Neuville has been on fire today so far. 

 

Also I am impressed with how Lappi has been getting there with the Fiesta.



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 10:52

The fight is now on who gets second and wins the power stage

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 10:55

The fight is now on who gets second and wins the power stage

Neuville can not afford any mistakes, though.

 

See what happened to Loeb in the first run of this stage earlier today.



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 10:56

Yeah Neuville has been very impressive since the afternoon yesterday been going about his business and now looks to be in a good position to win. Yeah Lappi again doing the same now in P4 and putting some good stage times now. Got a very soft spot for M Sport so really hope later on in the year they can challenge for wins.

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 11:01



No idea, but the youtube stuff have taken a dive as well. Feels like they are trying to force people over to WRC+

Exactly. But to me it's fine 15 minutes. Longer is boring. It's highlight got to be short.



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 11:31

Lol, Østberg doing a donut on hairpin at the end of the stage!



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 11:35

No idea, but the youtube stuff have taken a dive as well. Feels like they are trying to force people over to WRC+

That's quite a 'ballsy' thing to do - is there really the audience for it? I personally think it's a mistake, and will backfire on them. If anything, there should be more free to air coverage, not even less.



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:14

Neuville took it...



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:14

Neuville wins great drive by him and Ogier and Evans they were in a league of thier own this weekend. Also shout-out to Rovempera baring in mind he is only 19 he kept it on the road on one of the most difficult rallies and his first WRC drive and finishing P5 is a great effort.

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:14

Well that's the very comfortable power stage win by 0.016s then. :D

Feel sorry for Evans, led for so long only to be overtaken by the team leader in the final stage by less than 2 seconds. Amazing performance this weekend, I didn't know he had this in him.

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:16

Great win for Neuville and the margins of the seconds at the Power Stage in his favour too!

 

Suninen getting 3rd on Power Stage also huge.



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:17

Ford over 3 minutes slower at the end. Embarrassing.



#144 Danyy

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:18

Awesome rally! Well done to Neuville, Ogier and Evans. Good driving!

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:19

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 15:41

What an exciting rally! Only would wish for more wrc cars, but I loved to follow this one. Proper Monte!

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 16:34

Ford over 3 minutes slower at the end. Embarrassing.

 

I don’t think that’s representative of their pace, even if they probably are a bit behind Hyundai and Toyota. They lost the battle for the podiums already on Thursday night with the cooling issues, and their Monte test had been bone dry, so Lappi had never driven the car with studded tyres. He was pretty slow whenever there was snow. Suninen had the gearbox issue DNF on SS2 and only had a reason to push on the power stage, where he lost 2 seconds to the winner.

 

I’m excited about what the Finnish pair can do in the Fiesta this year, I think podiums definitely and maybe the odd lucky win. 



#148 BRG

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 16:40

And the first Toyota team order of the year is delivered.  Expect many more.



#149 Jvr

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 16:44

And the first Toyota team order of the year is delivered.  Expect many more.

Really?

 

I think rather that Tommi would have been pleased to see either of them to beat Neuville at the end.



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 16:47

And the first Toyota team order of the year is delivered.  Expect many more.

Seriously? I didn't noticed. Must watch 22:00 highlight on red bull tv.