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10-16-2012 06:39 PM
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10-11-2012 03:16 PM
IronTiger Wassup Everyone Im new to this site. I'm TJ. I live in Jacksonville,FL.
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03-27-2012 06:57 PM
cyberf Petter Solberg beats Sebastian Loeb to Fafe Rally Sprint win:
02-13-2012 10:02 PM

If you want to see the video review from the team.
02-13-2012 11:09 AM
cyberf Jari Matti Latvala (Ford) wins Rally Sweden!
01-22-2012 08:30 PM
Originally Posted by rallyrussel View Post
I'm not sold on the "cross over" that citroen used but the super softs on the fords were the best call.
True. It's just unfortunate that Solberg didn't have the same tires as JM, as that would likely have left Solberg in first after JM exited, or JM in 1st and PS in 2nd if JM had not crashed out. Since Solberg used up all his slicks early on he was forced to use 3 old slicks and a winter tire for today's power stage. He ended up dropping time to Sordo and getting 0 power stage points as a result.

My guess is that Ford WRT was trying to hedge their bets and was hoping at least one of their drivers would have the right choice by sending them out with 2 different sets; as far as they were concerned, it could have been either driver in the lead at the end of that.

It really is great to see Solberg enjoying himself so much in a works drive though; you can clearly see a weight is lifted off his shoulders not being a privateer and he is driving truly flat out again. This really will be an exciting season. When VW starts to put the Polo R WRC into testing this year the rally world will start to see one hell of a competition!
01-22-2012 08:24 PM
rallyrussel I think the addition of Solberg is genius, a very experienced driver to help propel JM's raw talent to the top of the leader board. Just look at the tire choices of day 1 monte-carlo. I'm not sold on the "cross over" that citroen used but the super softs on the fords were the best call.
01-22-2012 07:56 PM
cyberf I completely agree. The next appointment is in Sweden, let's see if Latvala finished the rally this time!
01-22-2012 05:13 PM
Demon09 Latvala was flying during day 1, and truly is the fastest driver in the WRC, though that doesn't mean a thing if he can't finish the rally. His consistency is getting better than it has been in the past, but is still not at a level where he can truly compete with Loeb. The best thing Latvala can do (as he himself said last year) is "to pressurize Loeb" into making mistakes on his own--the consistency issue matched with speed is where Loeb wins championships. He knows when to fight for the lead and when to take points.

Petter Solberg on the other hand was phenomenal for it being his first real test in a Fiesta. Once he started getting the feeling for the car he was doing very well, though to be honest Loeb wasn't pushing at that point anymore. If Petter can continue setting fastest stage times and can help JM keep leads, it will be a very strong season. Though in his area he needs to stop getting caught speeding on road sections. If he gets 1 more speeding infraction on any event in the next 6 months, he will lose any and all points from Rally Sweden. That could be a very painful lesson to learn, and may greatly impact the season months after the event ends.

If Latvala can increase his consistency, Ford will have a great chance to win the manufacturer's title this year (and if Latvala and Solberg can be equally as consistent, they may even have a world champion driver this year-though it is hard to say if it would be JM or PS).

Seeing all those Fiestas out there was pretty cool too. Ott Tanak looked great out there (especially in that black livery), as did Novikov and Breen. I expected a better showing out of Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson though.
01-22-2012 02:41 PM
cyberf A bitter-sweet beginning for Ford WRC team:

Latvala leads on day 1 and then he crashed : (

The podium :

1. Loeb (Citroen)
2. Sordo (Mini)
3. Peter Solberg (Ford)
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