WRC: Rally Monte Carlo (2014)

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  1. Steve

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    Recce starts tomorrow (11th)

    Rallye Monte Carlo (WRC.com)

    Monte Carlo Countdown: This year's stages (WRC.com)
     
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    Spectators have been know to shovel snow onto the stages to make things more interesting too. :frown2:

    Hope it is a snow covered route this year. Looking forward to it.

    Thanks for the pre-event coverage Steve.
     
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    Countdown to Monte: The challenge (WRC.com)
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFZY7nyvpy4]Kubica Testing - 2014 WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo - Best-of-RallyLive.com - YouTube[/ame]


    To anyone just catching up in time for the Monte, there's a bunch of 2014 pre-season stuff, videos, etc, in this thread.
     
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    Nice video. I wish Robert the best of luck. :Thumbsup:

    Man that car was set up stiff.
     
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    Shakedown was today.

    Top 10 times:
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    1 S. Ogier VW Polo R WRC 2m 15.3s
    =2 K. Meeke Citroen DS3 WRC 2m 16.5s
    =2 M. Ostberg Citroen DS3 WRC 2m 16.5s
    4 J-M. Latvala VW Polo R WRC 2m 18.2s
    5 R. Kubica Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 18.3s
    6 T. Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC 2m 18.4s
    7 M. Hirvonen Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 18.8s
    =8 D. Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC 2m 20.4s
    =8 A. Mikkelsen VW Polo R WRC 2m 20.4s
    10 B. Bouffier Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 21.9s
     
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    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7DegStvlRY"]Shakedown - 2014 WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo- Best-of-RallyLive.com - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Cool, Kris is doing very well. :Thumbsup:
     
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    And doing his best to temper expectations:

    Meeke: I’m no Loeb (maxrally.com)
     
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    Wise on both their parts. This is a new team and and the past is the past. :Thumbsup:

    Also glad to see VW up there. Looks like they plan to go for it in a big way.

    This should be a good season, so keep them coming Steve. :D
     
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    Yay. WRC is getting underway again
     
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    50 year anniversary since Mini won in '64... wonder if they'll release an MC50 with the F56? :D
     
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    Holy crap, a tumultuous opening day for the Monte! :Thumbsup:

    Can't wait to see the videos! (which, of course, I will post...when I eventually find them)

    After 6 stages:

    1st Bouffier
    2nd Meeke
    3rd Kubica
    4th Ogier
    5th Ostberg
    6th Evans
    7th Latvala
    8th Hirvonen
    9th Mikkelsen

    I think both of the Hyundais are officially retired.

    Monte midday wrap: Thursday (WRC.com)

    Monte-Carlo Day one update (WRC.com)
     
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    Sounds like a great start to the rally. Changing conditions making last minute tire changes necessary. Swapping tires on transits, old school rally at its finest. :D
     
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    Second all that.

    Also, yeah, Neuville is definitely out...

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    Since the Monte has no Rally2 restart rule, Hyundai is completely out of the rally.

    Obviously frustrating for them but, as some have pointed out, they ought to be still testing. Remember, VW was credited with winning the championship last year in their first year out, but they signed Ogier and ran him in a Skoda for a year while they continued to test before finally starting the next year. If Hynudai can start consistently finishing rallies before mid-season they ought to consider it a good effort. Based on Neuville and Sordo's pace early on today, my guess is they can do a lot better than just finishing...
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPyJhplySCk#t=95]Stages 1-3: Rallye Monte-Carlo 2014 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cF1BQC1iJA]Neuville' Hyundai i20 WRC after Crash - Rally Monte-Carlo 2014 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    That's pretty comprehensively bent. Short rally for the Hyundai team. Better luck next time.
     
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    Kris Meeke onboard, Stage 3.

    They hit the snow line at about 5:55 and then road conditions worsen.

    They need to put some Aquapel on the glass in front of that camera. :D

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vclbcO8ncEg]Kris Meeke Onboard SS03/ Rallye Monte Carlo 2014 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiW8CFg08iM]Stages 4-6: Rallye Monte-Carlo 2014 - YouTube[/ame]
     

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