WRC 2011 : Rally of Spain : Loeb wins!
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    Default WRC 2011 : Rally of Spain : Loeb wins!

    Really like following WRC and One HD have an excellent service if you can keep up with the programming shifts. Definitely best to allow extra time on any recordings and check your guides daily.

    So Day 2 of the rally was 10.45am to 11.15am Mon Oct 24 and the final 3rd day this morning from 7.30 to 8.00.

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    Day 1 was all gravel with first section on a cold day, the dust from Loeb's car hanging around like a fog. Even with 3 min intervals very hard for the following drivers to see where they were going. 2 cars lost their front wheels on a concrete block on the edge of the road in one stage.

    In the finish Loeb winning by just over 2 mins, enough to give Citroen the Manufacturers win for 2011. The final leg of WRC 2011 coming up will be the Rally of Great Britain.

    Well done Loeb!

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    I've tailed off watching WRC over recent years, although I still check results of each rally. Not sure why, perhaps it's the coverage being on at times I'm not home but I think mostly lack of depth of manufacturers and drivers.

    I absolutely loved it in the 80s and throughout the 90s and 00s which was perhaps even to its peak when there were lots of manufacturers and lots of great drivers.

    Look at 2002 season for example. Peugeot, Subaru, Ford, Citroen, Mitsubishi, Skoda, Hyundau. Sainz, Gronholm, Kankkunen, McRae, Burns, Martin, Makinen, Solberg, Loeb, Delecour, Panizzi,Rovanpera, Bugalski, Radstrom, Loiz, Thiry, Eriksson. Incredible!

    Now, Loeb is on another level, and although this season has been more competitive, it still doesn't have that special something of yesteryear.

    Rally GB is always a good one though and I will try to tune in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PLAYLIFE View Post
    I've tailed off watching WRC over recent years, although I still check results of each rally. Not sure why, perhaps it's the coverage being on at times I'm not home but I think mostly lack of depth of manufacturers and drivers.

    I absolutely loved it in the 80s and throughout the 90s and 00s which was perhaps even to its peak when there were lots of manufacturers and lots of great drivers.

    Look at 2002 season for example. Peugeot, Subaru, Ford, Citroen, Mitsubishi, Skoda, Hyundau. Sainz, Gronholm, Kankkunen, McRae, Burns, Martin, Makinen, Solberg, Loeb, Delecour, Panizzi,Rovanpera, Bugalski, Radstrom, Loiz, Thiry, Eriksson. Incredible!

    Now, Loeb is on another level, and although this season has been more competitive, it still doesn't have that special something of yesteryear.

    Rally GB is always a good one though and I will try to tune in.


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    I can remember watching the WRC when Carlos Sainz was driving, mostly Red Toyotas from memory.
    But the One HD reports, 30 mins from each day of the rallies and a pretty handy Topfield PVR allow some timeshifting to watch later.

    And not sure if it's because Loeb is French, the way he talks English sort of appeals. It might even be a bit of a bromance. Loeb talking English or an Italian girl from say Parma doing the same. It's all the rolled r's etc that appeal. It feels like Loeb still has a couple of good years left in him. Some of the young Finnish drivers are exciting.

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    I'm on the other side, off plenty river.

    No doubt Loeb is fantastic, just wish there was a bit more competition. I'd be surprised if we see his level of dominance in our lifetimes again.
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    Couple of new manufacturtes tipping their toe in the water (Mini and VW via Skoda) and changes in driver line up are likely on the horizon.

    Loebs number two is sick of being number two, he has been blindingly quick of recent times and having been told more than once to let Loeb pass, is rumoured to be swapping chairs with Fords number one. Whilst Loab is still very fast, I think age may have teken the edge and he not as blindingly fast as he was or then his curent number two is going to be some to really watch.

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