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  1. Steve

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    Who knows what will come of this thread but might as well give it a try, starting with some great news for Kris Meeke fans.

    Citroën signs Meeke on three-year deal (WRC.com)
     
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    Very good news. I think Chris has the right stuff to get the job done. :thumbsup:
     
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    Well, the job he'll be doing next season is development. In case it isn't clear, Citroen dropped out to spend 2016 developing their new car for 2017.
     
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    And they will be at the top.
     
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    I did not know they dropped out. Hope they develop a rally car that can kick the VW Polo in the jewels. I don't hate VW I just would like to see a good fight up front.

    I wonder if VW will cut back on their motorsport programs due to burning money in their diesel engines.

    Citroen has cut back severely on their WTCC program. Seb Loeb is out of a ride just when he was coming on strong.
     
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    I missed this ^ bit. He'll be competing in some rallies, don't know which and can't figure out what "private team" means. Will he be driving a current spec Citroen fielded by a privateer or will he be in something else entirely? Looks like the idea is to get him some more road time / experience at specific events without interfering with the new car development or wasting the team's time/resources.

    Meeke explains himself (and his new deal) (MaxRally.com)
     
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    Just a guess, but I think he'd be in a current spec DS3. Glad he will keep his feet in water & campaign a bit.
     
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    We have an answer!

    Citroen confirms Meeke and Lefebvre for Monte Carlo (motorsport.com)
     
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    The 2016 calendar:

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Round Rally Date
    1. Rallye Monte-Carlo 21 - 24 January
    2. Rally Sweden 11 - 14 February
    3. Guanajuato Rally México 3 - 6 March
    4. Rally Argentina 21 - 24 April
    5. Vodafone Rally de Portugal 19 - 22 May
    6. Rally Italia Sardegna 9 - 12 June
    7. LOTOS 73rd Rally Poland 30 June - 3 July
    8. Neste Oil Rally Finland 28 - 31 July
    9. ADAC Rallye Deutschland 18 - 21 August
    10. Rally China – Beijing 8 - 11 September
    11. Tour de Corse Rallye de France 29 September - 2 October
    12. RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada 13 - 16 October
    13. Wales Rally GB 27 - 30 October
    14. Coates Hire Rally Australia 17 - 20 November


    Round 10 is a bit of a surprise.
     
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    Monte in just over 3 weeks. Here's the entry list.

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    I'll just finish watching 2015 WRC just before 2016 starts LOL I'm waiting for Toyota to crash VW's party but I still live in the past for 2012 with the Mini.
     
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    I remember the old days when Toyota ruled. If you think VW's emissions cheat is something it is nothing compared to Toyota's WRC cheat.
     
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    And it's not just Toyota coming back in '17, Citroen's works effort will return the same season after a year off developing their new car for the same new technical regs.
     
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    Eurolamp just told me they will be running the S2000 Mini for 2016. So at least there will be a Mini in the action.
     
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    A MINI or a Mini? I thought the homologation of the Mini had run out.
     
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    That's the MINI. I assume the homologation is good until the tech regs change, no? If so, that means it's good until the end of the '16 season.
     
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    I'm not sure, but homologation goes on for some period of time after the car is no longer made. I think the Mini went out of homologation not too many years ago. Oh those cheeky FIA folks, you never know what they will do.
     
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    Better start a go fund me & start bidding Chris. :D
     
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    The Monte is this week!

    Info
    Rallye Monte-Carlo
    Start Date: 21.01.2016
    End Date: 24.01.2016
    Timezone: UTC 1
    Category: WRC3
    WRC2
    WRC
    Stages: 16 (374,89km)
    Distance: 1474,34 km
    Website: Automobile Club de Monaco

    Route

    After Thursday evening’s Monte-Carlo start outside the Casino, two stages in darkness near Digne-les-Bains punctuate the run north to Gap.
    Three stages in the Hautes Alpes and Isère regions, north of Gap, form Friday’s action.
    Competitors return to Monaco on Saturday via two passes of the marathon 51.55km Lardier et Valença – Faye and the classic Sisteron – Thoard.
    Sunday’s final leg, as is traditional, runs in the Alpes Maritimes mountains above Monaco and features the legendary Col de Turini.

    Challenge

    Essentially an asphalt rally but unpredictable mountain weather brings varied conditions.
    Competitors must expect snow, ice and dry asphalt - often encountering all in the same stage.
    They must balance the need for grip in winter weather with that required for dry asphalt.
    Shrewd tyre selection providing the best compromise for frequently changing conditions is key.
    Experience and the ability to ‘read’ conditions is vital.

    Car spec

    Asphalt suspension.
    Strange tyre selections which can include studded tyres on opposite corners of the car matched with dry weather slick rubber.
    Two spare tyres is normal.
    Additional headlight pods for thursday´s night stages.

    History

    Rallye Monte-Carlo is the WRC’s jewel in the crown and the oldest in the calendar.
    First run in 1911, it was designed to promote Monte-Carlo as a tourist destination, with competitors starting from different European cities before gathering in Monaco.
    The 1966 rally became famed for its controversial outcome when giant-killing Mini Coopers claimed the top three places before being disqualified for alleged infringements of headlight regulations.

    What’s new for 2016

    Each day includes a new stage compared to the 2015 rally.
    Friday’s night’s 20.23km Barles – Seyne test has never been run in this direction.
    Saturday’s Saint Leger les Mélèzes – La Batie Neuve stage crosses the Ancelle ski slopes.
    Only the top 60 classified competitors will start Sunday’s final leg.

    Don’t miss

    Col de Turini. One of the sport’s iconic locations, where enormous crowds will gather to watch competitors cross the mountain summit in the La Bollene Vesubie – Peira Cava test in the final leg. An incredible atmosphere and a ‘must-do’ for visitors.
    Sunday’s finish outside the Palace in Monaco, with monarch Prince Albert presenting the prizes.
     
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