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PostPosted: 13 Sep 2010, 08:16  
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sleenster wrote:
Marcus Gronholm will test with Mini first to decide whether he wants to make a comeback.

It was actually kind of funny, Neil Cole asked Gronholm at Rally Finland whether he can actually fit inside a Mini :lol:

I know Loeb is not exactly a big guy, but look at Gronholm!



oh my, his head is going to hit the roof in that mini... :lol:

hopefully he says yeas to a mini deal and we see him in a couple of rallies next year. Im rooting for Markus, Meeke and Mads in the mini team (no, Im not a PG fan...) . :shhh:
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 13 Sep 2010, 08:19  
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starting to sound promising for Petter and next year:

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Solberg boosted by promise of home support for 2011
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11th September 2010
By Giles Wade

Petter Solberg will continue to chase his first victory in the world championship since Rally GB in 2005 when Rally Japan concludes tomorrow (Sunday) in the knowledge that his country’s Citroen importer wants to help him secure a ride in a DS3 WRC next season.

Solberg, the 2003 title winner, has driven a privately-run Citroen since Subaru quit the WRC at the end of 2008. Citroen Norway has provided significant support to Solberg, a partnership that has coincided with a 67 per cent increase in sales of Citroen road cars in the Scandinavian country.

Oystein Johansen, Citroen Norway’s marketing chief, told Autosport magazine: “It is difficult to say this increase is all due to our partnership with Petter, but it is very important and we want it to continue next season. Petter has a very special way with people. He’s got time for everybody, he’s a member of the family. This is why we want to continue for next season, we are 100 per cent committed for 2011.”

While it is not clear how much influence or financial clout Citroen Norway has, Johansen’s comments will be a timely boost for Solberg, who has been told that the French make might not be able to ready sufficient quantities of DS3 WRCs in time for the start of next season.

Solberg will take a 3.7s lead into Rally Japan’s final eight stages tomorrow. However, he faces the prospect of cleaning the road of the loose surface gravel, which is expected to be more prevalent on Sunday’s more twisty and narrow stages.

“I will drive flat-out, it’s all I can do,” said Solberg, whose advantage would have been greater but for a 10-second penalty handed out for a jump start. “I am confident and believe I can do this.”


http://www.maxrally.com/news/entry/solb ... _for_2011/
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 13 Sep 2010, 08:25  
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Julia wrote:
starting to sound promising for Petter and next year:

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Solberg boosted by promise of home support for 2011
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11th September 2010
By Giles Wade

Petter Solberg will continue to chase his first victory in the world championship since Rally GB in 2005 when Rally Japan concludes tomorrow (Sunday) in the knowledge that his country’s Citroen importer wants to help him secure a ride in a DS3 WRC next season.

Solberg, the 2003 title winner, has driven a privately-run Citroen since Subaru quit the WRC at the end of 2008. Citroen Norway has provided significant support to Solberg, a partnership that has coincided with a 67 per cent increase in sales of Citroen road cars in the Scandinavian country.



http://www.maxrally.com/news/entry/solb ... _for_2011/


On the other hand this might mean that Kimi has to find another team. I wonder what RB has to say to that.

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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 13 Sep 2010, 08:29  
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On the other hand this might mean that Kimi has to find another team. I wonder what RB has to say to that.

Perhaps it's possible that Citroen manage to product a DS3 WRC rally car for Petter's private team.

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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 13 Sep 2010, 08:34  
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im going with moomin here, i dont remember where i read it but in the norwegian press it sounded more that they are sure about loeb, ogier, sordo and kimi getting an citroen and Petter where continuing as a privateer... and the hopes where that citroen is able to produce also a car to Petter.
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 13 Sep 2010, 15:24  
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Julia wrote:
im going with moomin here, i dont remember where i read it but in the norwegian press it sounded more that they are sure about loeb, ogier, sordo and kimi getting an citroen and Petter where continuing as a privateer... and the hopes where that citroen is able to produce also a car to Petter.

Yea, I just don't see Citroen ever considering making Petter a factory or junior team driver. Just don't see it happening.
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 14 Sep 2010, 06:37  
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Wilson says Ford will bounce back

Ford boss Malcolm Wilson says the team will bounce back from the mechanical issues which the Cumbrian says cost Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala the chance of victory on last week's Rally Japan.

Both Fords were in the thick of the scrap for victory on the Sapporo-based event until Latvala's Focus broke a driveshaft and Hirvonen suffered a partial hydraulic pump failure on the final morning.

Both problems were the first time they had occurred on the Focus.

"It was really disappointing for us all," said Wilson. "Both of the guys had driven exceptionally and we deserved more. It's the way it goes sometimes, it's been a tough season.

"In fact, this hasn't been our year, even though we had an exceptional start to the season. But we will bounce back."



http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/86678

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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 14 Sep 2010, 11:59  
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Marcus Gronholm!!!!! !yahoo:

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While Kimi thinks about Renault #F1 for 5mins, Gronholm is on his way to Portugal to test the Mini #WRC for 1st time

http://twitter.com/neilcole/status/24459333954
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 14 Sep 2010, 16:04  
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Official : Michelin is back to WRC in 2011 .. FIA have approved



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NEW OUTLOOK FOR MICHELIN IN RALLY RACING
09/14/2010
The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has accepted Michelin’s application to supply tires for the World Rally Championship (FIA-WRC) beginning in 2011.

Michelin’s application was prompted by the FIA’s decision to open the championship to more than one tire manufacturer and by the likelihood of a rule change.

Racing offers Michelin’s teams the opportunity to validate their technological innovations in the most extreme conditions of use. These innovations will then be transferred to street tires, thereby helping to improve the performance balance and lower the environmental impact of Michelin’s products. Motorsports also provide a powerful incentive for Michelin to further its mission of ensuring sustainable mobility.

That’s why Michelin supports the FIA in its commitment to integrating a more responsible vision of rallying by reducing the number of tires used in races, beginning in 2012. This is in line with an environmental approach that Michelin has been pursuing since 1992, when it introduced its first fuel efficient tire.

Michelin participated in the premier-class category of rally racing when competition was open to several tire makers, until 2005, winning 38 world championships titles over the years, a testimonial to its extensive skills and expertise. Of that total, 20 were in the manufacturers category, created in 1973, and 18 were in the drivers category, officially introduced in 1979.

Next season, Michelin will supply its partners with Michelin-brand rally tires.



http://www.michelin.com/corporate/actua ... &actu=true

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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 15 Sep 2010, 09:28  
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sleenster wrote:
Marcus Gronholm!!!!! !yahoo:

Neil Cole wrote:
While Kimi thinks about Renault #F1 for 5mins, Gronholm is on his way to Portugal to test the Mini #WRC for 1st time

http://twitter.com/neilcole/status/24459333954


take this sleenster http://www.worldrallysport.com/forums/s ... 8#post5638 :thumbsup:
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 15 Sep 2010, 12:17  
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Chinese tyre firm DMACK joins WRC

By David Evans Wednesday, September 15th 2010, 11:54 GMT

Chinese tyre company DMACK will join Michelin as a tyre supplier in the World Rally Championship next season.

The all-new firm is aiming to supply privateer crews with tyres manufactured by Shandong Yongtai Chemical Group in its state-of-the-art facility in Dongying, China.

Work on its gravel tyres is already well underway and DMACK expects covers to be available for competitors and teams to test from the end of next month.

d**k Cormack, DMACK's motorsport director, said: "This is a golden opportunity for DMACK Tyres to enter the FIA World Rally Championship market and the supreme competitive challenges and excellent brand exposure it has to offer. We studied the FIA's new tyre regulations for 2011 and decided to make a proposal.

"Technically the new regulations are very achievable for a new manufacturer and we based our proposal on bringing a very strong and durable product to the championship - we also wanted to help encourage more entries into the events by offering a two-tier pricing structure.

"Ongoing testing of the WRC tyres is taking place at our research facility in China and at the hands of our test driver Mark Higgins. As the first Chinese tyre manufacturer to enter the WRC, we see the opportunity to take the DMACK and Yongtai brands to a whole new level."

Michelin, which announced this week that its approach to rejoin the WRC had been accepted by the FIA, is expected to supply all the factory teams in next year's championship.

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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 16 Sep 2010, 18:18  
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A Tweet Update :

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From 2011, North One and FIA will offer a LIVE tv stage on each rally of the season.

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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 17 Sep 2010, 05:41  
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About the mini factory drivers:

Meeke has seen testing for mini for the first time yesterday and he also drove with Grönholm as his co-driver. Today according to the newspapers its Grönholm who is driving.... So Meeke, Ostberg, Grönholm... but no Andersson (yet, or is PG the "newsduck").
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 17 Sep 2010, 17:04  
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Julia wrote:
About the mini factory drivers:

Meeke has seen testing for mini for the first time yesterday and he also drove with Grönholm as his co-driver. Today according to the newspapers its Grönholm who is driving.... So Meeke, Ostberg, Grönholm... but no Andersson (yet, or is PG the "newsduck").


Kris Meeke test driving the Mini! :C:


OMG I can't WAIT to see Marcus Grönholm testing too!
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 Post subject: Re: Rally News
PostPosted: 17 Sep 2010, 17:55  
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One thing that really annoys me though is that Mini has already started testing with Meeke, Grönholm, Martin and Citroen has been testing their DS3 for months with Ogier and Loeb. Ford hasn't even begun testing with their 2011 car with their factory drivers, they've just been putting the five year plan boy to rack up the miles. I hope this is not going to come back to bite the Ford drivers in their behind. Malcolm Wilson, please don't be a muppet. :<>:
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