Postby WRCfan on Wed 28/Dec/05 10:06pm

Skoda has 2 cars - Mathias Ekstrom(redBull DTM driver) & Giles Panizzi

Subaru - Petter Solberg / Chris Atkinson & Stephan Sarrazin

Ford - Mikko Hirvonen / Marcus Gronholm / Matt Wilson

OMV Citroen - Sebastian Loeb

OMV Peugeot (Bozian Racing) - Henning Solberg (petters brother) and one other driver.

Should be an ok year, although with the new rules banning active differentials in the cars, Sebastian shouldnt run away with it(fingers crossed). Roll on rally time!!!!!
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Postby Fraser on Wed 28/Dec/05 11:13pm

It would be nice to have Suzuki go from 1600 F2 Rally to the big guys. A privateir in the UK tried to make a Mini Cooper into a rally car. Problem is that the Mini has the same problem that the old one had. Not enough suspension travel.
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Postby Datsane on Wed 28/Dec/05 11:17pm

I think that if any new manufactures had decided to enter the WRC there would have been some news about it by now???
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Postby WRCfan on Thu 29/Dec/05 1:36am

Fiat is developing a WRC car, Lada has a s1600 car done and testing. MG has Valentino Rossi testing their car for junior WRC and Suzuki has a car under development, WRC car that is.
Audi has made noises about coming back although nothing definate. Hyundai have run off with tail between their legs.
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Postby Fraser on Thu 29/Dec/05 7:19am

The problem for WRC is it ain't coming in the next couple of months.
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Postby Nordy on Thu 29/Dec/05 7:23am

WRCfan wrote:Skoda has 2 cars - Mathias Ekstrom(redBull DTM driver) & Giles Panizzi

Subaru - Petter Solberg / Chris Atkinson & Stephan Sarrazin

Ford - Mikko Hirvonen / Marcus Gronholm / Matt Wilson

OMV Citroen - Sebastian Loeb

OMV Peugeot (Bozian Racing) - Henning Solberg (petters brother) and one other driver.

Should be an ok year, although with the new rules banning active differentials in the cars, Sebastian shouldnt run away with it(fingers crossed). Roll on rally time!!!!!


Only Subaru and Ford have manufacturer backing though. Skoda is backed by Red Bull and the OMV Citroen and Puglet are not factory backed either. So the standings are going to look pretty pathetic this year with only 6 (max) drivers up for points.
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Postby leopold on Thu 29/Dec/05 7:29am

That's too bad
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Postby Scotty on Thu 29/Dec/05 7:45am

I'm sure they'll still be able to move a few hundred thousand units of PS2 games because of it though. :lol:

Will be nice if this season is fatality free. :(
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Postby Percy Pig on Thu 29/Dec/05 10:08am

faceplant wrote:I'm sure they'll still be able to move a few hundred thousand units of PS2 games because of it though. :lol:

Will be nice if this season is fatality free. :(


Its always a lottery with fatalities, innocent looking crashes end up being nasty, and the most horrendous looking ones poeple can walk away from, just like biking really. :(

But yes it would be nice if it was free of fatalities, its never nice hearing of that sort of thing.
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Postby WRCfan on Fri 30/Dec/05 9:58am

Every Driver is up for points, and every team is up for points. Skoda is still considered as the Skoda works team as they will recieve mechanical backing from Skoda Automobiles ex-WRC department. Citroen and Pug are both seperate teams, just backed now by different sponsors. As there is not an works Citroen and Pug team now they are the 2 teams representing the manufacturers for makes points.

Every driver entered in any WRC rally is eligible for points. Thus the championship will have every driver of a WRC car entered as well as the GRP N cars and s1600. Should still be a good championship.
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Postby WRCfan on Fri 30/Dec/05 10:23am

Skoda and Peugeot have already entered talks to recieve backing from the mother bases in order to be considered works M1 teams. OMV has 1/2 of their line up sorted, their Citroen cars are all now officially M1's.
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Postby Fraser on Fri 30/Dec/05 11:26pm

Certain problems occur for WRC as they need a number of 'Factory' Cars to get TV coverage. Also they may end up compeating with Rally Cross (this is where the group B spec cars are) which is popular in Europe www.rallycross.com and at this time of the year the Dakar Rally. www.dakar.com
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Postby Datsane on Fri 30/Dec/05 11:28pm

Bring back 600hp fire breathing Monsters :satan:
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Postby Steve-O on Fri 30/Dec/05 11:53pm

Those 600BHP cars are awesome, we have a few in NZ, totallyamazing and unbelievable to watch.
Bring back the glory days of rallying.
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Postby Fraser on Sat 31/Dec/05 6:09am

WRCfan wrote:Fiat is developing a WRC car, Lada has a s1600 car done and testing. MG has Valentino Rossi testing their car for junior WRC and Suzuki has a car under development, WRC car that is.
Audi has made noises about coming back although nothing definate. Hyundai have run off with tail between their legs.


This is a Fiat Stilo that has been doing the Rallee Andros which is the French ice mountain races. This has 4 wheel steering and special set engine and bodywork that won't be in a WRC car. They even have a 1 series BMW!
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