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The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Crossa on Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:54 am

A crispy fresh rally thread, just what the doctor ordered after a christmas filled with far too many fats and what not.

What will the year bring? A new WRC formula, escorts and DS3's replacing the focusses and C4's of this world.. Loeb's final year? Will Latvala again stamp his authority on his rather lacklustre teammate Hirvonen? What will become of the shining star of Raikonnen? How in Gods name did Van Merkesteijn Jr end up in a DS3? Questions Questions Questions...
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:42 am

Thanks for the new WRC topic Crossa. :clap:


No not Escort, but Fiesta, or if Hirvonen drives like how he drove this year it will be a Ford Siesta. :eerie:


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1. The new year will be more or less a repeat of 2010.

2. I think Loeb will quit at the end of 2012.

3. Hirvonen will be back to form. Latvala will continue to impress

4. As for Kimi, god knows what will happen to him.

5. Doesn't Van Merkesteijn Jr's family own a steel company in Holland? They seem to be financially well-off.
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Crossa on Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:59 am

Yes Van Merkesteijns are doing pretty good, dad shared a porsche at le mans with Grindbak a couple of years ago, both dad and junior participated in selected rounds (Sweden, Germany that I recall) of the WRC for some time now, using Ford Focus cars (year olds and two year olds specs)

And of course Siesta's not escorts :shy:
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:09 pm

Solberg trying for WTCC


Former world rally champion Petter Solberg is chasing a switch to the World Touring Car Championship in 2011, this week's AUTOSPORT reveals.

The Norwegian is out of contract for the WRC next year, but has an offer from Citroen that he is struggling to finance.

Having made it clear earlier this year that he was considering a racing switch, Solberg has revealed that WTCC is his main target now.

"I know what I can do on the track, and that’s why I’m looking at the WTCC," Solberg told AUTOSPORT.

“I am very interested in testing some cars to see what they’re like. I have tested Formula 1 and Le Mans cars and they went well. At the moment it’s tough in the WRC, so I am exploring other possibilities and the biggest of those is the WTCC.”

Solberg is competing in the first round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in Monte Carlo next month, but says he would rather switch to the WTCC than continue there if an offer came up.



Well I for one will not really miss him in the WRC.
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:01 am

Sordo for MINI


Mini has completed a deal with Dani Sordo for its 2011 World Rally Championship campaign.

Sordo tested for the Prodrive-run Mini team in November but was holding out for a full-season offer from Ford before committing to Mini.

The 27-year-old Spaniard will join Kris Meeke at Mini, and both will compete in at least six WRC events this season.

"There has been a great deal of excitement surrounding Mini's return to the WRC, so to be part of this new team is a fantastic opportunity for me," Sordo said.

"I'm sure Mini has a big future in the sport. I'm looking forward to working with Kris Meeke, having completed a very successful test with him in Sardinia last November."

Prodrive boss David Richards added: "Dani may only be 27, but he is already one of the most experienced drivers in the WRC and has been competing at the very highest level for the last five years.

"I believe with the new Mini WRC and in the right environment, he can now take the next step and add to his 29 podiums with victories on WRC events and become a challenger for a WRC title."



Two useless drivers for MINI. :rotflmao:
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:49 am

Kimi to quit rallying (?) following death of his father.


Kimi Raikkonen is reported to be considering his racing career following the death of his father.

Matti Raikkonen passed away suddenly at the age of 56 just two days before Christmas having supported his son throughout a racing career that saw him become F1 title winner in 2007.

Having left Ferrari, Raikkonen moved to the WRC last year with the Citroen Junior Team although rumours have persisted since the conclusion of the season that the Finn could move to either the Monster World Rally Team or MINI for 2011.

However, following the death of his father, Raikkonen is now reported to be considering whether to halt his career with co-driver Kaj Lindstrom telling the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti that all plans for the new season were on ice following Raikkonen's loss.

"Since the death of Matti Raikkonen, all the plans are on ice," he said. "Let's hope he stays in rallying. The chances of success are much better in the second year than the first, because you don't have to be learning all sorts of things all of the time."



2010 has been a bad year for Kimi. Crashing out in 95% of the rallies and then his father croaks.
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:19 pm

No Monte for Shrek


Renault Formula 1 star Robert Kubica will not take part in the Monte Carlo Rally, this week's AUTOSPORT magazine reveals.

For the second year in succession the Polish driver's attempts to get into the French Alpine stages have come unstuck - last year it was due to an engine failure on the prologue stage, but this time it is reported to be a contractual issue with his full-time employer.

Kubica had been looking to drive a Super 2000 car from a manufacturer other than Renault, which does not have a vehicle suitable for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge's top class.

Sources within the rally-organising Automobile Club de Monaco have confirmed that the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner will not start the IRC opener.



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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:46 pm

Petter could drive a DS3 in Sweden.



Petter Solberg will start this year's World Rally Championship in a Citroen DS3 WRC, despite missing the closing date for entries on the first event.

Rally of Sweden entries closed this afternoon, reportedly without an entry from Solberg - but the Norwegian's team manager Ken Rees has confirmed to AUTOSPORT that the former world champion will start the season opener in an all-new DS3.

"We're doing Sweden," Rees said. "It's been a bit hectic, with a lot of telephone calls, but Benoit [Nogier, Citroen Junior Team principal] tells me the entry will be going in for us in the next hour."

Solberg has been battling to raise the cash for this season throughout the winter. He was unavailable for comment as he was finishing his fourth and final day of testing with the Peugeot Sport team - ahead of his Super 2000 debut on next week's Monte Carlo Rally.

"I spoke to Petter earlier," said Rees, "and the test has gone very well. He's had a lot of time in the car and he's very happy with the way things are looking for Monte Carlo. It's going to be a good event for him, then he can focus on Sweden and the new Citroen."

Rally of Sweden clerk of the course Bertil Klarin admitted he would be prepared to hold entries open for Solberg.

Klarin said: "The sport needs Petter and, while we are obliged to get our paperwork started and to get the entry off to the FIA, we would not be the people to close the door on him."
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:47 pm

Raikkonen news


Kimi Raikkonen will return to the World Rally Championship this year after his entry for the season-opening Rally Sweden was lodged on Tuesday.

As AUTOSPORT revealed last month, Raikkonen has agreed terms to compete in a Citroen DS3 WRC for 2011 - although the deal has not yet been officially confirmed.

While the lack of an official announcement has prompted speculation about his future, Raikkonen's plans were made clearer on Tuesday when his entry in a Citroen was submitted ahead of the final deadline.

Raikkonen's best result during his debut campaign in the WRC was fifth place on the Rally of Turkey - while he won his first ever stage on the Rallye Deutschland.
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:14 pm

Nico vs Keke






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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:34 pm

There are rumours going round that Seb Ogier's manager is Ari's son, Kim Vatanen. Don't know if this is true. :moose:
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:34 pm

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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:20 pm

Ford for Arctic Rally

Ford has confirmed that the Fiesta RS WRC will make its debut on the Arctic Rally at the end of January on Saturday.

Mikko Hirvonen will be the first driver to compete in a Fiesta RS WRC as he takes the wheel of the Rovaniemi event on the opening day, before handing the car over to his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala for day two.

The January 28-29 event will form part of Ford's test programme ahead of the opening World Rally Championship round of the season, the Rally of Sweden, on February 10-13.

Ford team director Malcolm Wilson emphasised that the car has been entered purely for testing purposes.

"The Fiesta RS WRC has covered thousands of kilometres in testing over the last four or five months," he said. "However, a traditional test cannot truly replicate genuine competition for learning about a car.

"We believe that going to the Arctic Rally will provide ideal preparation for both the team and the drivers ahead of Rally Sweden."

Hirvonen competed in the Arctic Rally in 2001 and 2002, and the 30-year-old Finn said: "The rally has a fantastic Arctic atmosphere, which is difficult to explain until you have witnessed it.

"It has great winter conditions for driving and the stages are fast, but sometimes quite technical. It's an ideal location to test the new car in a competitive way ahead of Sweden and I'm excited that the team is coming to my home country again."

Latvala, too, is looking forward to testing the Fiesta RS WRC in a rally environment: "At a normal test, a driver covers the same section of road continuously and quickly learns how to drive it," he said. "Almost all the roads in the Arctic Rally are used only once, so it gives the team the opportunity to see how the car performs in competitive surroundings.

"The stages will be a similar length to a WRC round so it really will be a perfect test opportunity."
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Warweezil on Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:42 pm

A little off of the central topic maybe, But I probably wont bother following this in 2011. The move of UK tv coverage to ESPN imposes costs that I cant justify. £12 a month might not sound much, but I have just trimmed the sky package down because finances dictated it, Adding extra channels for a few hours coverage a month that I want with 99% of content that I wont watch isn't tenable. How they can claim it improves things for fans is beyond me, I think they will lose a number of people that way who feel excluded by the move. :angryfire:
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Re: The WRC 2011 Thread!

Postby Crossa on Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:23 pm

Bad news that..

I've pretty much given up on following the WRC on the telly. If I want news internet is were I'm headed. Usually I only follow WRC events after the weekend is over, cause that's when all the nice onboards and such are becoming available. I rely on Sinister to post up to date info on the stages :hihi:
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