Category: Random Thoughts

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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Mini WRC project is clinically dead. Or is it?

It appears BMW really bit more than it can chew when it launched it’s World Rally Championship programme with Prodrive, taking part in selected rallies last year and planning full commitment this year. At the same time German premium car manufacturer started another ambitious and expensive project – return to German touring car championship DTM....

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Is WRC newbie friendly?

First contacts with the world of rallying are sometimes pretty complicated, especially for people with no previous motor sports experience. Compared to traditional circuit “round and round” racing, rallying is indeed a bit more complex with it’s many rules and schedules, legs, stages, power stages, time controls, etc. For rally newbies it is usually best...

Czech Republic should get WRC slot 1

Czech Republic should get WRC slot

Not long ago we learned about FIA plans to move World Rally Championship to other regions of the world, instead of running most of it’s events in Europe. To some extent we agree that WRC should do more to justify the “W” in it’s name, but this fix is not so easy to apply if...

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WRC The game, insult to WRC fans?

Unlike it’s counterpart in Formula 1, Codemasters’ F1 series, World Rally Championship’s representation in gaming world is blatantly poor, even though there are two official WRC games available on market, covering 2010 and 2011 seasons. In this case, sticking “Official video game” tag did very little favors to World Rally Championship and it’s image. In...

Five days of rallying, is it too much? 0

Five days of rallying, is it too much?

This year’s Rallye Monte Carlo really put endurance before speed and brought back memories of the past and rallies with very long road sections. And while many will praise 80th Monte and it’s spectacular return to World Rally Championship scene, voices are being raised against week-long rallies. With Monte’s unique character, tradition, reputation and popularity...

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Should WRC allow superally restarts?

Long, long time ago rally was not your usual compact event with stages and legs situated near main base and with crews allowed to restart in case they were forced into retirement due to crash or mechanical failure. Back then rally itineraries were stretched beyond anything we have these days and once you went off...

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