Category: Random Thoughts

MaxRally picks Novikov, WRB vote for Latvala 0

MaxRally picks Novikov, WRB vote for Latvala

For me it’s quite clear who gets the coveted “drive of the rally” title, although as MaxRally suggests, there are several very strong candidates among the Rally Sweden competitors. Jari-Matti Latvala was high quality World Rally Championship material this weekend. No mistakes, no inconsistencies, no hesitation – just calm and focused racer behind the wheel....

Superb show by Jari-Matti Latvala in Sweden 0

Superb show by Jari-Matti Latvala in Sweden

After the mistake in Monte Carlo and retirement early on in the rally many critics were quick to judge Jari-Matti Latvala’s ability to cope with the pressure of being number one driver in Ford with imperative on scoring as many points as possible to secure both titles. It’s no secret that Latvala was prone to...

Did Mini miss the Day 1 of Rally Sweden? 0

Did Mini miss the Day 1 of Rally Sweden?

It would be great if we could just cheer for our favourite team and/or driver or even cheer for them all (because this is rally and we’re like one huge family), but as of late we need to be careful about the influences of so called “high politics” as it’s making its way into World...

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Lack of snow complicates things in Sweden

Driving on narrow studded tires on snow is usually compared to driving on gravel with equally suited rubber in terms of grip and speed. But snow covered stages provide another very important element – snowbanks. If they’re high enough they can be used as a soft walls, helping drivers correct their car’s direction without losing...

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Who gets Sordo’s Monte Carlo points?

Despite subject being thoroughly debated and discussed yesterday, we’re still left with some questions unanswered regarding the new organization of Mini’s WRC programme. For example, if we consider Mini’s official racing colors to be red, black and white, and new semi-factory team is dressed in black livery does that mean Prodrive’s cars get to keep...

Prodrive happy about “new resources” in new episode of Mega Mini Mystery! 1

Prodrive happy about “new resources” in new episode of Mega Mini Mystery!

What started in confusion ends up in even more confusion, but fear not, this is how the world works these days. At first we had Mini’s cryptic press release, announcing Armindo Araujo and Paulo Nobre as new factory drivers with former privateer team run by Motorsport Italia promoted to factory status. No mentions of Dani...

Mini in WRC: From winner to whiner 0

Mini in WRC: From winner to whiner

Once again I’m faced with a difficult task – write about something I know very little about. And I know very little because company’s offices responsible for supplying of information failed. Mini’s recent PR stunt tried to explain what the future of once British now German brand in WRC will be. Instead they created massive...

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Gerard Quinn: “FIA proposal is not a long-term solution”

Ford’s director of motorsport Gerard Quinn echoed the thoughts expressed by many WRC fans and insiders regarding yesterday’s announcement made by FIA. Sport’s governing body “instructed” event organizers to look for their own solutions and means to secure TV broadcasting and rallies promotion. Not surprisingly, major players are not very happy about this “solution”. “[Events...

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