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    Default Markko Martin Retires from WRC

    "I had made up my mind in summer already" said Martin
    "I didnt want to race after i turned 30, i think it's foolish to see old men running around like they are 20. " told Martin about his plans and what he thought.
    "The contract with Peugeot was meant to be my last, I wanted to end my career after my contract with Peugeot ended"

    He also said that he will not completely leave racing, he will still be racing but as a hobby not a job.

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    When he as asked what he had lost during those years of racing, Martin said this: " Friends...and privacy."

    He also said that even if he had a chance to drive in WRC he wouldn't, he said that WRC has gone down and it isn't how it used to be.
    "WRC isn't anymore a sport where THE BEST drivers drive, it has become a rich hobby. Anyone can take part of WRC as long as they have big wallet and sponsors." said Martin about WRC today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PLAYLIFE
    "I had made up my mind in summer already" said Martin
    "I didnt want to race after i turned 30, i think it's foolish to see old men running around like they are 20. " told Martin about his plans and what he thought.
    Sounds like he is actually bitter that he hasn't got to the top. Motorsport is probably the only sport in the world that you can be just, if not more, competitive later in life. Look at Carlos Sainz. One of the best WRC drivers goes off and races in the Dakar and wins stages as a rookie.
    Quote Originally Posted by PLAYLIFE
    "The contract with Peugeot was meant to be my last, I wanted to end my career after my contract with Peugeot ended"

    He also said that he will not completely leave racing, he will still be racing but as a hobby not a job.

    When he as asked what he had lost during those years of racing, Martin said this: " Friends...and privacy."

    He also said that even if he had a chance to drive in WRC he wouldn't, he said that WRC has gone down and it isn't how it used to be.
    "WRC isn't anymore a sport where THE BEST drivers drive, it has become a rich hobby. Anyone can take part of WRC as long as they have big wallet and sponsors." said Martin about WRC today.
    True money talks but you still need talent. If you've got talent then getting the money shouldn't a problem. Personally I can't imagine why any turning 30 would want to end a career in something the love. Hey it's not as if it is a real job, sure it has pressures but anyone of us would give our soul to be a racing driver.
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    Isn't Sebastian Loeb 31 or 32 now ? So by Marko's reckoning he is a "foolish old man running around like he was 20" ?

    It only seems like a few years ago that he was being hailed as a promising new "young" driver....

    He is the perfect example of skill and technique being just as important or more important than money... look at how he has consistently outpaced his Citroen team mates for the last few years including Carlos Sainz, himself a very good driver, and Colin McRae etc, all driving identical cars with the same pit crews...

    It will be very interesting to see how he goes next year as a semi-privateer....and I'm sure he has many years ahead of him yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    Sounds like he is actually bitter that he hasn't got to the top. Motorsport is probably the only sport in the world that you can be just, if not more, competitive later in life. Look at Carlos Sainz. One of the best WRC drivers goes off and races in the Dakar and wins stages as a rookie.
    Yeah, definitely a bit jaded but after his co-driver and probably best mate dying in the car he was driving late last year you've got to cut him some slack.

    Plus WRC has gone down hill in alot of respects in the last three years or so - there's only a handful of works teams now and like F1 they seem to enjoy changing the rules every season .

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    I was just browsing wrc.com today and saw this:

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    Sidelined World Rally Championship ace Markko Martin has set up a team to run two cars in Estonia's national rally championship this year as he looks to make a return to the sport's top level as a driver. The former factory Ford and Peugeot driver is among a number of former works drivers sidelined due to a lack of seats this year.
    Martin's team will run Group N Subaru Impreza WRXs for Estonians Rainer Aus and Martin Raum as the five times WRC rally winner looks to boost the quality of home entrants in his national series. He's said he's still keen to return to driving, however.
    "This is not the end of me as a rally driver," he told Autosport magazine this week. "I'll always like driving a rally car fast. As for this being the end of me in the WRC, I don't know - you never say never. At the moment, there's a lot of excitement for me from other things, more than last year."
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    I do agree with him though... WRC has become as boring as F1...

    Personally i think they should have kept Group B, but better controlled the crowds..
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    Quote Originally Posted by semerton
    Yeah, definitely a bit jaded but after his co-driver and probably best mate dying in the car he was driving late last year you've got to cut him some slack.
    I expect this has a lot to do with it, whether he realises it or not. If he does, you can't blame him for not saying so. As everyone has mentioned, 30 is not old in WRC terms and it will be a shame to see Markko retire from the category. At least he will still be very active in the sport.

    ashvsaod - they still don't control the crowds in Europe properly. I think the WRC was as good as it has ever been last year, however it costs too much money. Part of that can be solved by changing regulations, but part must come from manufacturers agreeing not to throw cubic dollars at their factory teams – perhaps some form of salary or spending limit could be implemented?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnh875
    ashvsaod - they still don't control the crowds in Europe properly.
    Subjective - IMO that is how it should be .. but then I'm from Europe! ... for me things here are far too sanitised and safety-concsiousness has gone too far. I'm an adult and I'd like to be able to make my own judgemnts within reason. But that's a general society (and insurance) issue, not just motorsport.

    And with the accidents that really stopped group B it was the crews, not spectators, who suffered because the cars were too prone to fire.
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