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  1. Igor Ound

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    Nine (9) times World Rally Champion would you believe !!!

    Probably tired of retirement, although he races in other series (WTC, GT, LMP), Seb Loeb makes a come back !!!
     
  3. nis1973

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    The last two WRC seasons were great! Very close competition, multiple winners and cars that under the new rules are harken back to the glory days of Group B. Super exciting unlike F1 which has turned into snooze fest. The Loeb comeback was the cherry on top!
     
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    Yes, & if WRC would get on a widely available American TV network & air the races like they used to on Speed Vision, we could all watch & they would grow their audience. The same could apply to Moto GP.
     
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    No need to have it on TV! Go to WRC plus ( https://plus.wrc.com/en/ ) and for 50 euro a year you can watch everything they show on TV and A LOT more (including a ton of onboard footage - every driver, every stage). You can watch it live or after the fact. I was really upset they no longer had it on TV until I found WRC Plus. Worth every penny!
     
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    I used to watch it religiously, still my favorite racing. The skills are amazing. I get that you can subscribe to wrc+ but man another subscription just rubs me the wrong way.
     
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    Swallowed my pride
     
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    This year has to be the best lineup pretty much ever!
     
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    Trying to upgrade because you need to spend more to watch live and it doesn’t work. Kicker is, their support link doesn’t work either. Piece of ****! 50 euros for highlights even though it says live and then when you want to spend more to watch the race it doesn’t ****ing work. I am pissed.
     
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    They fixed it.
     
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    Well, I never wat
    Worth the 50 euro and the technical issues? It it to me. So much more real than F1 (and I used to watch F1 religiously, now DVR it and mostly fast forward).
     
  12. nis1973

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    Sorry for the messed up post above.

    Anyways, the 2019 Monte Carlo rally is now behind us and it was an awesome start to the season with extremely close and exciting competition to the very last stage. I'm a Tanak fan myself but am still thrilled that the champ moved to the team that finished last in 2018 and yet was still able to win in his very first rally. What would Hamilton's or Vettel's chances be if they moved to Haas or Force India??? The very nature of the sport continues to put a premium on drivers' skills in a way that very few other series in motorsports do.
     
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    In other news Bottas has wom a stage of his first rally although in a slightly more powerful car than his opponents.

    I really want Loeb to start winning and change his mind to compete for overall victory.
     
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    Second win for Ogier with Citroen, him and Citroen now stronger seconds to Tanak and Toyota.
    Seems to show how much depends on the driver (and co-driver) - Citroen was nowhere in the past few years and now they are competing for the top.
     
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    Loeb was able to win for them last year so it’s certainly driver>car
     
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    Citroen ends WRC programme, cites Ogier's exit as reason
    Citroen Racing has confirmed it will depart the World Rally Championship with immediate effect, stating Sebastien Ogier’s decision to move to Toyota left it with no alternative.
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    The French firm announced its decision on Wednesday, confirming mounting speculation of a withdrawal.

    Ogier and teammate Esapekka Lappi had a year left to run on their contracts, but the Frenchman’s decision to walk after a difficult season aboard the C3 WRC left Citroen with no lead driver.

    A statement from Citroen Racing said: “Citroen decided to withdraw from its WRC programme in 2020 due to the absence of a first-class driver available for 2020 season.”

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    Ogier will be announced as a Toyota driver alongside Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanpera on Monday.

    For Lappi, the future is less clear, as Citroen’s announcement seriously reduces the number of seats available in the WRC.

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    I'm not going to lie, this is very bad news for me, for us and whole rally family. I feel sorry for the staff and the fans. But no can do.
    Work has started to find other seat for next years.
    Not much time but I have a good and strong team around me.

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    The Ford Fiesta WRC vacated by Evans is now the only frontline, full-time factory seat remaining in the world championship.

    In confirming the decision, Citroen CEO Linda Jackson said: “Our decision to withdraw from WRC programme as early as end of 2019 follows on Sebastien Ogier’s choice to leave Citroen Racing.

    “We obviously have not wished this situation but we could not imagine 2020 season without Sebastien. I would like to thank Citroen Racing team for their passion and commitment. A part of Citroen’s DNA is intimately linked with the rally and we are proud to be one the most titled brands in WRC history with 102 victories and eight manufacturer titles.”

    Ogier and Toyota have made no comment on their plans for 2020.

    WRC departures are nothing new for Citroen. The famous chevrons first appeared at the top level of the sport with the BX 4TC in 1986 – that car didn’t even last a season before Citroen quit.

    More recently, the Versailles-based team left the series in 2005 and 2016, but those occasions were to develop a new car for a forthcoming campaign.

    This time there will be no quick return for Citroen, as PSA Motorsport has already confirmed to Motorsport.com it will not be involved in the WRC’s 2022 move to hybrid, having already committed to Peugeot’s return to the World Endurance Championship and the Group’s premium brand DS's continuing programme in Formula E.

    Citroen’s first World Rally Car arrived in the WRC in 2001, with a maiden manufacturers’ title coming two years later. The decade that followed was the most successful for any car-crew combination in the series’ history, with Sebastien Loeb taking nine straight drivers’ titles and Citroen winning eight championships in total.
     

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