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    Default Mitsubishi Withdraw from WRC 2006/07

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    "Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced that it has decided to suspend participation in the FIA World Rally Championship series from 2006.

    With the Mitsubishi Motors Revitalization Plan as a basis, MMC has made a solid start toward revitalizing its business operations. However, to strengthen and build upon this base, MMC realizes that it must focus management resources on the continued promotion of the revitalization plan.

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    Mitsubishi Motors hopes to return to the WRC Championship series from 2008, after the completion of the 3-year revitalization plan, which covers fiscal 2005 to 2007.

    This decision however does not extend to MMC's efforts in the Dakar Rally (commonly known as Paris-Dakar). Mitsubishi Motors will continue to compete in this event.

    Starting with an overall championship in the Safari Rally in 1974, the Mitsubishi WRC Team has accomplished a spectacular 34 wins in the WRC series. The team won the drivers' title 4 consecutive years from 1996 to 1999, and won the prestigious manufacturers' title in 1998."

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    Just when they were starting to get some good results with Gali

    I dont understand the compaines like Skoda, Mitsu & Hyundai - they are in now they are out..... next thing you know they'll be back again.

    The sooner they realise that if you give a half-arsed effort you'll get a half-arsed result the better I reckon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gti138
    Just when they were starting to get some good results with Gali

    I dont understand the compaines like Skoda, Mitsu & Hyundai - they are in now they are out..... next thing you know they'll be back again.

    The sooner they realise that if you give a half-arsed effort you'll get a half-arsed result the better I reckon.
    Just what Motorsports needs, some good old in and out.

    Perhaps they are afraid that if they hang around till 2007, Citroen will come along and WHOOP THEIR BUTTS ONCE AGAIN!!!!!
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    Well there goes another, how do they (WRC) expect to maintain interest if they all drop out... the 2007/2008 split season will be a disaster as well

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    That leaves what, 2 full factory teams, Subaru and Ford, and Citroen and Skoda privateer teams?

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    Oh no, not another team dropping out of the WRC At this rate there won't be a championship.
    Bah, why would you want to spend money on any other form of motorsport? WRC is the only one that really grabs my attention
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    It's going to be a two horse race

    Wonder how many teams there will be at 2007 especially if privateer Loeb wins championship in 2006 ahead of remaining factory teams

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    Very sad, and even more worrying when we lose the long standing teams.

    Having said that I've been a rally fan for over 20 years but the WRC has started to leave me cold. It's the effect of 'progress'!
    - Events are now too short. For me rallying should be a balance between speed and endurance.
    - The events have lost their individual character as they get standardised in format for teams and TV.
    - The cars now are too far removed from road cars so it doesn't feel relevant anymore.
    - Too many events and many of them meaningless (do I really care who wins the rally of Mexico or Cyprus? no).
    - Not enough tarmac events, I like a balance.
    - There is so much technology in the cars that they appear 'on rails' most of the time and the driving skills are hard to appreciate.
    - Silly rules like the ability to rejoin after retirement.
    - The TV coverage doesn't help ... "virtual spectator" is like televising a video game, why bother?

    For a couple of years I've found the JWRC more interesting than WRC, and this year I went home to the UK to see the Roger Albert Clark rally with my mates instead of Rally GB. Seeing Blomqvist in a mkII Escort in Kielder was far more fun than Loeb going round the same old stages in Wales again (and again, and again ...). Only the second time since 86 that I've missed the Rally GB/RAC (the other was unavoidable) but I'm already planning to go for the Roger Albert again next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 106 Rallye
    - The cars now are too far removed from road cars so it doesn't feel relevant anymore.
    I don't necessarily agree with this. Group B was a great spectacle, and the car were as far removed for road going versions as you can get.

    Quote Originally Posted by 106 Rallye
    - Not enough tarmac events, I like a balance.
    I agree with this. I am a big fan of the tarmac events. Bring back San Remo.

    Quote Originally Posted by 106 Rallye
    - There is so much technology in the cars that they appear 'on rails' most of the time and the driving skills are hard to appreciate.
    The other problem is that the technology makes the cost of competiting too expensive for privateers. With so little factory teams, more privateers are needed to keep the WRC alive.

    What we want to avoid is turning WRC into the boring sterile shite than Formula 1 has become.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pate
    It's going to be a two horse race
    My vote is for Soobie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyO
    What we want to avoid is turning WRC into the boring sterile shite than Formula 1 has become.
    Totally agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyO
    Group B was a great spectacle, and the car were as far removed for road going versions as you can get.
    Well it's personal preference. Many people thought group B was fab. I saw the end of group B. It was spectacular for a little while. But it left me a bit cold too. Partly for the same reason (too far removed from reality) and partly as it was largley point-and-squirt. Even amongst the works drivers few seemed really committed round the bends and they had so much power that maybe they didn't need to.

    In '87 when I saw the first Group A Integrale come round (I remember it in Cropton forest in Yorkshire) there appeared to be so much more commitment because they needed to keep the momentum. I preferred that - though some others didn't.
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    No, we don't want WRC to turn into something like F1.
    Yes, they should bring back the San Remo tarmac rally.
    Yes, I want to see cars more SIDEWAYS through corners I recall Carlos Sainz saying that the cars don't slide around enough anymore, you just drive them through corners.
    In Finland they have Group F rally cars which are mostly rear wheel drive (some fwd) and I was lucky enough to see some of these cars in action in Finland. It was great seeing Escorts, M3s, and all sorts of other cars sliding around along forest roads like rally cars used to
    I'm happy for WRC cars to be 4WD, but I'd prefer it if they slid around a bit more.
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    what I say is bring back group b, and let manufacturers cut loose

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamR
    I want to see cars more SIDEWAYS through corners
    Indeed. Also see them fighting for traction on gravel. Go to see an AMSAG event for some of this ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 106 Rallye
    Indeed. Also see them fighting for traction on gravel. Go to see an AMSAG event for some of this ...
    Or the Alpine Rally, there were 89 of these cars at Lakes Entrance two weeks ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamR
    I recall Carlos Sainz saying that the cars don't slide around enough anymore, you just drive them through corners.
    That is because of the active diffs. You point the car at a corner and it just goes around it (within the laws of physics). All active aids should be banned. That would lower the cost of the sport and bring back more flicks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    That is because of the active diffs. You point the car at a corner and it just goes around it (within the laws of physics). All active aids should be banned. That would lower the cost of the sport and bring back more flicks.
    Damn straight. And with lower costs, Mitsubishi and other manufacturers might decide against dropping out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    That is because of the active diffs. You point the car at a corner and it just goes around it (within the laws of physics). All active aids should be banned. That would lower the cost of the sport and bring back more flicks.
    I think active diffs are banned for next year. Didn't stop the exodus unfortunately ...
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    It's not uncommon that there are very few factory participants in the WRC. We seem to go through a cycle of a lot of manufacturers in WRC, and then very few, only for manufacturers to come back in. It was only 3-4 years ago we had Citroen, Ford, Peugeot, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Skoda, Hyundai all battling it out. In the early 90's we only really had a few like Toyota and Lancia at the forefront.


    It's now the best time to come into the WRC, as there are only two factory teams to beat!
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    Won't Peugeot be supporting a privateer team? With Manfred Stohl at the helm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uga Boga
    Won't Peugeot be supporting a privateer team? With Manfred Stohl at the helm?
    Stohl and Henning Solberg will be driving the Bozian Racing 307's in 12 rounds with the Stohl also driving the 307 in Germany.

    Also Toni Gardemeister will be driving a 307WRC run by Astra Racing at the Monte Carlo rally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyO
    Stohl and Henning Solberg will be driving the Bozian Racing 307's in 12 rounds with the Stohl also driving the 307 in Germany.

    Also Toni Gardemeister will be driving a 307WRC run by Astra Racing at the Monte Carlo rally.

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    There will be a few private 307WRC, and I imagine still some 206WRC cars, entered next year.
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