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A Poorly Written Rule… Is Still a Rule

I’ve had a bit of time to give the Kris Meeke penalty situation from Rally Chile a good think over. I know that at the end of the day, my opinion means almost nothing, but I’m doing this for fun, so who cares… right? First, in case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t...

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Has Thierry Neuville Cracked the Code?

It’s no accident that Thierry Neuville is leading the driver’s standings as the World Rally Championship rolls into Argentina this week. Despite Sebastien Ogier’s dominance over the past 6 years, this is not entirely new territory for Neuville. He’s led the championship before… both in 2017 and 2018, and both times he let it slip...

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Looking Ahead to Chile: Boom or Bust?

Even though we still have Rally Argentina coming up first, I want to take a few moments to discuss the rapidly approaching inaugural running of WRC Rally Chile. Is it just me, or have things been a little quiet surrounding Rally Chile? I’m not trying to cast any doubt over the event, but I feel...

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The True Stars of Rally Mexico

The dust has barely settled from an amazing 2019 edition of Rally Mexico. As I reflect on the events that have transpired over the course of the weekend, there are so many outstanding performances that come to mind. First, of course, is Sebastien Ogier’s measured and calculated approach that led to a dominant victory and...

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News Flash: The Historic’s “Ruined” WRC Rally Sweden

After the conclusion of Rally Sweden 2 weeks ago, there were some rumblings about the deteriorating road conditions on the stages, especially on the 2nd pass for the WRC cars. Last week, it came out that a few of the WRC drivers and team managers were laying the blame squarely on the historic rally that...

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2019 Storylines: Waiting In The Wings

Over the past few years, the WRC silly season has left one or two drivers out in the cold. In 2016, it was Elfyn Evans. In 2017, it was Andreas Mikkelsen. In 2018, it was Mads Ostberg, and now in 2019, it’s Hayden Paddon and Craig Breen (and still, Mads Ostberg). At first glance it...

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All The (Monte) Feels

This is the week. It’s almost time. The teams have arrived in Gap, the service park is built, and recce has begun. We are just a day away from the start of the 2019 WRC season with Rallye Monte Carlo. To help us all get ready, I decided to put together a little video playlist...

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2019 Storylines: Can Ogier Rescue Citroen?

A few months back, I wrote a piece making the case that Sebastien Ogier, moving to Citroen would be a win-win. If he is successful, then he further cements his place in the “greatest of all time” conversation. On the flip side, Ogier’s presence within Citroen places the pressure squarely on the team. If they...

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