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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 19 May 2010, 08:42  
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Vodafone Rally de Portugal entry list announced

The organisers of Vodafone Rally de Portugal have published the entry list for the forthcoming event, round six of the FIA World Rally Championship season, which starts on 27 May.

One of the highlights of the 2009 season, the event returns this year with the largest number of entries of the season so far featuring 75 crews from 33 countries.

The rally will count towards seven series: WRC (Manufacturers and Drivers), S-WRC (S-2000 cars), J-WRC (Junior), Ford Fiesta Sporting International Trophy, Pirelli Star Driver and the Portuguese Championship.

Topping the list in the WRC category is championship leader Sebastien Loeb of the Citroen Total World Rally Team. He and team-mate Dani Sordo will drive C4 World Rally Cars. In the manufacturer's second tier squad, former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen will join Sebastien Ogier at the Citroen Junior World Rally Team, while Norwegian Petter Solberg will campaign a privately-entered C4 alongside British navigator Phil Mills.

Rally New Zealand winner Jari-Matti Latvala joins Mikko Hirvonen as the two points nominated Ford Focus entries for the BP Ford Abu Dhabi team. Abu Dhabi driver Khalid Al Qassimi will pilot a third car for the squad.

The Stobart M-Sport team will field two Focus RS WRCs for Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson, while Munchis World Rally Team driver Federico Villagra will start his fifth rally of the season in another Focus World Rally Car. American extreme sports star Ken Block returns to the WRC with his Monster World Rally Team Ford Focus.

The event has also attracted a number of entries from privateer WRC class drivers including Mads Ostberg (Subaru Impreza WRC 2008), Jean-Marie Cuoq, Frigyes Turan and Spyros Pavlides (Peugeot 307 WRC) and the Ford Focus WRC drivers Rene Kuipers and Laurent Carbonaro.

Portugal counts as the second round of this year's Junior World Rally Championship and has attracted a strong field of 10 entries. Series leader Aaron Burkart (Suzuki) heads the Junior list followed by the men behind him in the standings, Renault drivers Alessandro Broccoli and Kevin Abbring.

The Super 2000 (S-WRC) category also features 10 entries and is headed by series leader Xevi Pons (Ford). Skoda driver Per-Gunnar Andersson will be Pons' closest championship rival in Portugal following the decision of Martin Prokop to miss the event. Portuguese Peugeot 207 driver Vitor Pascoal receives a one-off wildcard entry for his home round of the series.

http://www.wrc.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=10 ... announced+
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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 19 May 2010, 21:15  
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Thank you Kriss for starting this thread - it won't be long now :drool:

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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 19 May 2010, 21:31  
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Here are Hirvonen's and Latvala's predictions from VM January 2010:

6/13: Portugal's WRC-rally 27.-20.5.2010

Driving surface: gravel

Hirvonen:
- I think that by Portugal Kimi has learned how to drive on gravel.
- 3-4 minutes behind the lead.

Latvala:
- This could be a very difficult race for Kimi. Kimi has a top co-driver and his significance will be highlighted in Portugal.
- 10 minutes behind the lead.

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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 20 May 2010, 05:47  
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Wolfie wrote:
Here are Hirvonen's and Latvala's predictions from VM January 2010:

6/13: Portugal's WRC-rally 27.-20.5.2010

Driving surface: gravel

Hirvonen:
- I think that by Portugal Kimi has learned how to drive on gravel.
- 3-4 minutes behind the lead.

Latvala:
- This could be a very difficult race for Kimi. Kimi has a top co-driver and his significance will be highlighted in Portugal.
- 10 minutes behind the lead.

Thanks!

I hope that Mikko has guessed better :p

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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 20 May 2010, 13:55  
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Where will this rally take place? Wanted to look how the weather will be :)

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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 20 May 2010, 13:58  
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Moominpappa wrote:
Wolfie wrote:
Here are Hirvonen's and Latvala's predictions from VM January 2010:

6/13: Portugal's WRC-rally 27.-20.5.2010

Driving surface: gravel

Hirvonen:
- I think that by Portugal Kimi has learned how to drive on gravel.
- 3-4 minutes behind the lead.

Latvala:
- This could be a very difficult race for Kimi. Kimi has a top co-driver and his significance will be highlighted in Portugal.
- 10 minutes behind the lead.

Thanks!

I hope that Mikko has guessed better :p


I hope that too! :)

@Claudie: it'll be held in Algavre :)

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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 20 May 2010, 14:03  
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Oh cool ... I think that at this place the weather has to be great :)

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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
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Oh not as hot as I thought :roll::

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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 20 May 2010, 14:21  
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cant wait till the next rally.. missing kimi in pics...
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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 20 May 2010, 20:04  
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Toyota on WRC fact-finding mission to Rally Portugal
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Toyota Motorsport GmbH representataives from Cologne are set to attend next week's Rally Portugal to asses the WRC as a possible future option since leaving F1, according to Motorsport News.

They want to be prepared if head office in Japan contemplates a move back to the World Rally Championship, but stress that nothing is certain at this time.

A spokesman for Toyota Motorsport said: "We feel it would be helpful to go and see how the land lies in various championships. Second, we want to be prepared if and when we get a call from Japan to go and compete in a different championship. It's a fact-finding mission, we want to make sure we have a decent knowledge base to work from.

"At the moment, there's nothing coming from Japan to indicate that a move will be made into any championship, but we have to be ready if that changes."

Former Toyota F1 chief Jens Marquardt along with engineer Pascal Vasselon will attend Rally Portugal on May 28 - 30.
Source: Motorsport News

link:
http://www.rallybuzz.com/toyota-explore-wrc-option/

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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
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Toyota, pleeeease come to WRC :pray:. Please please please pleasepleaspleeezzz, pretty please :pray:!
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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
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Dracaena wrote:
Toyota, pleeeease come to WRC :pray:. Please please please pleasepleaspleeezzz, pretty please :pray:!

Did you remember why Toyota left WRC last time?

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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 21 May 2010, 05:08  
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Moominpappa wrote:
Dracaena wrote:
Toyota, pleeeease come to WRC :pray:. Please please please pleasepleaspleeezzz, pretty please :pray:!

Did you remember why Toyota left WRC last time?

No ''hmm''...
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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 21 May 2010, 05:12  
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Dracaena wrote:
No ''hmm''...

They used illegal turbo and get banned.

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 Post subject: Re: Rally de Portugal 2010
PostPosted: 21 May 2010, 05:20  
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They used illegal turbo and get banned.

Well, these days WRC can't afford to be choosy about teams, even if they're the Cheaty McCheaters Racing Club for Big Cheats with Illegal Turbos :).
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