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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 26 Nov 2011, 18:53  
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Mar wrote:
Sébastien Loeb wrote:
Mikko looks weird in red :blink:


Above all he looks HAPPY! Great pictures!
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 01 Dec 2011, 00:23  
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Please, I need more votes and shares to go to the final!
In 2003 Petter Solberg won this honour - maybe it's my time now?

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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 01 Dec 2011, 13:11  
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Onboard with Loeb and his wife :shhh: :zz:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8SqT3TgcEg

Loeb VS Rossi ( Rally Monza show )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYjOb7Dq ... re=related

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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 07 Dec 2011, 18:13  
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Full article from here: http://twitpic.com/7pppok

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I've included the Kimi article as well, in case anyone was curious but there's not much to it
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2011, 12:39  
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Thanks Sleenie! :)

Erm, I don't know where to begin with the following story, because it is a very nasty one.
I don't know if you guys know it but, some days ago, Antonov, the boss of CSI (the parent company of NOS) was arrested and bailed because of alleged fraud to a Lithuanian bank he managed. Yep, it is the same Lithuanian bank Genii owes money too.

This meant that CSI is now under administration and, even if NOS is technically not under administration, well, the millions that NOS should invest in the championship next season are not there any longer and nobody knows how the championship is going to continue next year.

No one of the manufacturers has signed for next season yet, because they are not going to sign if they don't know what will happen with the championship. As a matter of fact, only Citroën could have signed because Ford has not signed with M-Sport and Mini doesn't have the budget for the full season yet. But Citroën has not signed and the other two would not sign even if they could.

It seems (and that's what the manufacturers also want) that the FIA will have to jump in and agree some kind of provisional thing with the manufacturers and the rallies affected, in order to have the championship started with the Monte Carlo and, in the meanwhile, solve the problem with the TV rights and so on.
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2011, 19:01  
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What a mess :confused:

The original deadline to sign up for the manufacturer championship was Dec 12? And they just pushed it back one week? Not sure what that is really going solve :confused:

I find it interesting that NOS was only acquired by CSI just a few months ago....
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2011, 19:09  
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And the start of the season is only six weeks away...

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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 10:20  
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Sleenster, many thanks for the articles!! :hug:
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 16:03  
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Suomileijona wrote:
Sleenster, many thanks for the articles!! :hug:
Welcome :hug:


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I was listening to J-M's interview and he seemed to say that even if Ford don't plan to continue in the WRC anymore, M-Sport is still planning to compete in the WRC next year although he did not say whether they will be going to all the rallies or whether there will be two factory drivers at all of the rallies either :fear:

He also said that the second driver might be someone with less experience than him, or a young driver but I don't know if he actually has any inside info or he was just projecting his hopes in the interview
http://www.bybillwood.com/online/index. ... Itemid=106
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 16:25  
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One of the possibilities that the FIA might be weighing up for next season is a short championship with only the big traditional rallies that are big by themselves and not because of the championship.

I'll try to explain myself :blush: The Monte Carlo and the 1000 Lakes (I know, I know, it has changed name but it works also this way) are the Monte Carlo and the 1000 Lakes with or without WRC. They will take place and a will have a 1st class entry list regardless of which championship they are in. Plus, they can easily get media coverage and TV stations interested in them regardless of the WRC.

If the FIA opts for such a solution, the championship could happen with the 3 works teams plus all/most of the privateers going to all the rallies (M-Sport, Mini and the privateers would not have those many problems with the budget). They could, at the same time, arrange the media coverage individually for each one of the rallies while they gain the time they need to search thoughtfully who gets the rights of the sport from 2013 onwards.
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 17:48  
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I really hope that Ford will have the deal with M-sport! :pray: :pray: There has been talk about Jari-Matti driving in the IRC next year... It would be better than nothing... :(
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2011, 09:45  
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Jari-Matti was testing yesterday :zz:

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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2011, 15:56  
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:lol: :lol: as long as he does it during testing and not during a rally, I'm ok with it :p

All I want for Christmas is.... :zz:
1. FIA to sort out this mess with CSI
2. Ford to continue in the WRC
3. Mini to get the budget for a full season (don't know how likely this is :confused:)
4. Petter to drive at Ford next year - http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/96731
5. And an awesome Monte Carlo rally! :D
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2011, 16:31  
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sleenster wrote:
:lol: :lol: as long as he does it during testing and not during a rally, I'm ok with it :p

All I want for Christmas is.... :zz:
1. FIA to sort out this mess with CSI
2. Ford to continue in the WRC
3. Mini to get the budget for a full season (don't know how likely this is :confused:)
4. Petter to drive at Ford next year - http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/96731
5. And an awesome Monte Carlo rally! :D


This is a very good list of wishes! :hug: :hug:
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 15 Dec 2011, 13:25  
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you got no. 2 and 4 sleenster :)

http://www.m-sport.co.uk/index.php/news ... h-m-sport-
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Ford extends World Rally Championship participation with new two-year agreement with M-Sport

Ford of Europe announced today it is extending its participation in the FIA World Rally Championship into 2012 and 2013.

Long-term partner M-Sport, the British-based preparation company, which has successfully operated Ford’s WRC activities since 1997, will continue to operate the programme from its state-of-the-art facilities at Dovenby Hall in north-west England.

The Fiesta RS World Rally Car will continue as Ford’s WRC flagship in 2012 and 2013. The car, based on the successful Fiesta road car, claimed a clean sweep of the podium in both the first and final rounds of its debut season this year.

Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Miikka Anttila, who topped the world rankings for special stage victories in 2011 and won the final round of the championship in Britain last month, are confirmed as team leaders for 2012.

They will be partnered by former world champion Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson, who have signed a one-year agreement to drive the team’s second Fiesta RS WRC in all 13 rounds. The experienced Solberg won the world title in 2003 and the 37-year-old Norwegian has 13 world rally wins to his name. It will be his second stint with Ford, having launched his world rally career with the team in 1999.

The squad will be named Ford World Rally Team and will retain support from long-term partner Castrol for both 2012 and 2013.

Ford has a long and successful heritage in rallying. It is second in the all-time wins list with 79 world rally victories and its run of 145 consecutive points finishes, dating back to the opening round of the 2002 championship, is the longest in the sport’s history.

Ford of Europe chairman and CEO Stephen Odell highlighted the strong will of all parties to continue in the WRC.

“Ford has a rich history in world rallying and we’re excited to continue fighting for titles on the world stage with our great partners at M-Sport,” said Odell. “WRC is a great fit with the Ford brand DNA of precise handling, fun-to-drive cars with leading technology and we’ll continue to leverage rallying to inspire innovation in future vehicles and reach new audiences.”

Gerard Quinn, Ford of Europe’s senior manager for motorsport, emphasised what WRC competition means to Ford.

“The WRC is motorsport’s toughest competition for production-based cars,” he said. Through WRC, we can convey the attributes of our road vehicles and send a clear message to our customers and fans about Ford’s passion and expertise.

“We feel that the timing for our announcement is right. We had to be confident about the stability of the championship and to ensure it continues to provide great value and increased exposure globally. We discussed it with our stakeholders and after receiving such assurances we look forward to focusing on competition once again,” said Quinn.

“We have a great team with M-Sport and its leader, Malcolm Wilson, and in Jari-Matti Latvala we have one of motorsport’s rising stars. Already regarded by many as the fastest driver in WRC, this year he showed consistency and expertise on all surfaces. We believe he will flourish in his new role as Ford’s team leader, and look forward to seeing his pace light up the special stages around the world.

“The addition of Petter Solberg to the team brings one of the sport’s most experienced and flamboyant drivers back to the team where he started his top-level career. A drivers’ world title and 13 world rally victories are testament to his abilities and his vast experience will be a great asset to our line-up,” added Quinn.

Wilson, M-Sport managing director and team director, said the new deal was a vote of confidence in his company.

“The performance of the Fiesta RS WRC in 2011 was strong on all surfaces and I’m genuinely excited about what we can achieve in the future,” he said. “We want to challenge for world titles and I have no doubts that our car and driver combination, allied to the infrastructure and expertise of our staff at Dovenby Hall, will allow us to do that.”

M-Sport recently completed its ladder of opportunity, adding a first rung to complete a structured path to take young and talented rally drivers from the grass-roots to the top level in Ford Fiestas. From the entry-level MS1 car, drivers can progress via the increasingly more powerful R2, S2000 and Regional Rally Car models to the top-billing World Rally Car.

“Ford has five different Fiesta models in which drivers with potential can graduate from entry level to the WRC. This ladder is the breeding ground of Ford’s future stars, and in the next seasons we will see drivers with ability climb it and begin to emerge at the top,” he added.

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