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    Default WRC spoiler Loeb vs Grönholm

    Ex 206 champion Grönholm beat Sébastien in the first stage of rally Sweden driving a Yaris WRC the 50 year old has since fallen down the field coming off the road in ss4.
    The c3s are running 5th and 6th with Ogier running as a snow plough for the first full day.


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    ** MORE SPOILERS **

    Ogier is out, having clipped a snow bank on SS6 which dragged him in, making a substantial deposit.

    Gronholm is out, also had a magnetic attraction to a snowbank in SS4.

    Loeb was rusty on snow but got better as the day went on.

    Top-placed French car is Lappi in 5th.

    I have been to this rally twice. There is nothing better than standing outside at a measured minus 23, although walking to one stage at minus 15 during the day was so warm that most people removed their caps and gloves.

    They give you small folding foam mats to stand on. People light fires in pits, there's hotdog stands everywhere. People arrive at the stages on their snowmobiles, as the carpark is invariably a good walk away.

    It is a unique experience, takes some planning, not cheap but not too dear either. Have to do it once in your life if you are a rally fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dijon16 View Post
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    Gronholm is out, also had a magnetic attraction to a snowbank in SS4.
    Gronholm had a spin on SS1, SS2 and SS3 when he also hit a tree. He will continue on Saturday . Must be bit rusty or is it case of mind and body being out of sync. The mind says I can do it but the body fail to perform to the required standard.
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    I think the variety of conditions from ice to slush to gravel gave most teams headaches. Cheers to the guys up front who overcame them!
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    Live at 1250am on red bull tv to those who can stay up that long or you wa types.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dmccurtayne View Post
    Live at 1250am on red bull tv to those who can stay up that long or you wa types.


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    I'll watch it "on demand" at Red Bull TV tomorrow morning, thanks! I'm sure the results won't change overnight.......
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    Default WRC spoiler Loeb vs Grönholm

    I can’t justify paying for that as well as fox Netflix and prime I had it last year but $90 bucks a year for like 15 rallies or so but if I hadn’t had found that red bull tv I probably would have, fox must have run out of cash to get the WRC this year


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    Default Spoiler alert - comment on progressive results

    After 17 of the 19 stages Lappi in Citroen is fighting in second place with Tanak in Toyota with a 50 plus second lead. This Tanak bloke might be worth watching for the title this year and the Toyota's appear to be on the money, although its still early.

    Many drivers have had offs/spins in the very challenging conditions(I lost count). At one stage Teemu Sunninen (another Finn in a MSport Ford) was leading the rally, but he too had an off. The milder weather has reduced road surface to slush and with rally tyres cutting through the slush they are running on mud in places, which causes the studs to fall out and lessening traction levels in the snowy/icy bits. The level of traction also varies greatly from place to place, which has made it a challenging event this year.
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    How good is it have Marcus gronholm back for one rally aye aye aye.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dmccurtayne View Post
    How good is it have Marcus gronholm back for one rally aye aye aye.


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    I agree. He was asked what his future plans for WRC were, he gave a very definite this is it. I think it was only ever a one race thing and given Tommi runs Toyota team he was able to arrange top level car.

    As an aside, Bottas took the opportunity to run MSport Ford in the Arctic Lapland Rally recently with a respectable 5th placing in his first WRC car drive. Estimates put the cost of the outing in the vicinity of 150,000 to 200,000 Euros.
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    I’ll take two


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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVEDOOR View Post
    After 17 of the 19 stages Lappi in Citroen is fighting in second place with Tanak in Toyota with a 50 plus second lead. This Tanak bloke might be worth watching for the title this year and the Toyota's appear to be on the money, although its still early.

    Many drivers have had offs/spins in the very challenging conditions(I lost count). At one stage Teemu Sunninen (another Finn in a MSport Ford) was leading the rally, but he too had an off. The milder weather has reduced road surface to slush and with rally tyres cutting through the slush they are running on mud in places, which causes the studs to fall out and lessening traction levels in the snowy/icy bits. The level of traction also varies greatly from place to place, which has made it a challenging event this year.
    I'm really worried that the climate cannot put on the snow and ice covered dirt tracks that these immensely well paid drivers in their fantastically expensive cars that are look-alike F1 style copies of production sedans are now having to put up with. Where will it all end? Rallying is just like sailing, you get what you get, and some are better than others at overcoming the conditions.............
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    Default Final results

    1/ Tanak - Toyota

    2/ Lappi - Citroen

    3/ Neuville - Hyundai

    Rest of the results can be found here

    https://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/results/s...26-227---.html


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