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  1. Which is the correct choice! 👍 Was hoping to visit K-Sport again this time, but he wasn't taking visitors.
  2. 😲 Buy yourself a calendar or set a phone reminder for next year! It seemed a little bit scaled back this year compared to last time I went (2017), but I actually preferred it this time around. Crowds were a bit less on the Sunday which made it easier to move around and we got to some great places on the stages. The night stages in the old town were absolutely epic again, easily my favourite bit of the weekend. Few more pictures here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22961613@N06/albums/72157720039524834 If you want to see what else you missed!
  3. Didn't take anywhere near as many as I'd like! Used the camera for about an hour each day, then put it away. Would really like to do the event as media as I could see loads of good spots to shoot from. That said, it is a brilliant event as a spectator and it was nice just to sit and watch it. The night stages (specifically in San Marino old town) are incredible. It is worth going just for that.
  4. Abbring sat out Portugal as a protest against what happened in Spa. Cost him 10,000 Euros, wonder if he'll do the same for the last rounds in Germany. I don't want to jump on the Hansen bashing bandwagon, but I do think there has long been a problem with consistency in penalties. From all the evidence available to us (as spectators) it appears as though Kevin left Johan nowhere to go, yet Johan got the penalty. Perhaps more detailed reports from the officials would help in these situations, as the officials are likely drawing on additional data we cannot see. I haven't given
  5. Not really Gossip, but I went to RallyLegend last weekend and wanted an excuse to say again just how awesome it is. Seeing the current specification cars alongside the classics makes you realise just how jaw-droppingly fast the WRC+ machinery is.
  6. Very nice @SRD_SimVansevenant (and notable attention to detail there 😉)
  7. Utah was still rallycross (with unnecessary jumps) in my opinion. ERX last weekend was just short course off-road racing with cars; it was a short course circuit, with a bit blocked off as a joker. The new electric cars that NRX is talking about running next year seem more like Extreme E trucks than rallycross cars, so I think NRX is shaping up to be the next iteration of LOORRS/COORS. I have nothing against that (I actually really like short-course racing) but, as others have already said, it isn't rallycross. WRX may not be in the strongest position right now but, aft
  8. Maybe. However Rohrl was pretty vocal about the (negative) handling characteristics of the E2 and that has been supported by pretty much every driver I have seen using period SWB quattros in subsequent years. Audi had it static until a few years ago, really cool to see one of the few fragments of Group S moving again. There were rumours of more than one, but quite a bit of the history round there seems very woolly. Definitely! I wonder how robust the RS 002 would have been if it had ever got as far as a proper gravel stage. The RS200 was accused of being over-engine
  9. Ken supremely demonstrating the horrendous understeer of the E2 there! Iconic looks, but terrible handling. RS-002 is not pretty, but I think it is cool that Audi have started showing it off now. When they first announced the partnership I was hoping that Block would build the S1 that Audi Sport weren't allowed to at the time, but it seems his first project car with them will be electric.
  10. I'd like a plain blue S5, because CM didn't give me one of those in DR2.0... *shots fired* Ha. Maybe it is just what I am used to, but I tend to struggle whenever I return to DR1 (for the occasional bit of Pikes Peak). (That is probably more to do with handling rather than cameras though)
  11. 100% agree. I am surprised how many long-term rallycross fans are excited by NRX (especially as so many were so against GRC a few years ago): the jump is a gimmick that adds nothing to the racing.
  12. 😆 Haha, forgot about that detail! Just seen that it finally has a release date on PS4: can't wait!
  13. Wondering how EKS JC are managing it: they must surely have brought it additional help, as they are running (or at least supporting) a number of cars in two different continents. As much as I am a big Subaru fan I do agree that the underdog story is very overplayed by VSC. As already said I think it rang true in the early days of US rallycross, but at this point they are the only works team, obviously pouring money into those cars (and the facility) and still not really cleaning up... ...PJ touches on a bigger issue with them for me though: with Speed they would surely
  14. 😲 And I thought you were one of the sim kids: you're just a casual chase camera user!
  15. Yeah. There was quite a bit of pre-event talk of this being the foundation of a more stable (and sustainable) series in the US, but I really didn't get that impression from the racing this weekend. Unfair to make any sweeping statements at this point though, especially as Pastrana said the subsequent track will be less harsh on the cars. If the proposed electric cars that are coming are more along the lines of the Extreme E cars though, then they will probably stand up to this sort of circuit much better. NRX as a standalone event was great, but I do feel like all this has serve
  16. Yep, exactly @PJTierney. I daresay NRX is a victim of its own hype; it certainly wasn't awful, but after months of build up (and a multitude of people declaring "WRX is dead"), I wasn't that captivated by NRX. Keen to see how the rest of the season pans out though, for me the ultimate test of NRX is whether it is still here in a year or two. If every weekend is like this one I can see teams losing interest (and budget) quickly.
  17. I agree with you. Given the nature of the circuit I think consideration when grading the track and the use of Dustex is vital. Dust is (and should be) a factor in rallycross, but not to the extent that it ruins the racing and spectator experience. Half the action was missed in the final yesterday and I know you could say that is the fault of the TV crew, but how can they capture the action if they can't see it through the dust? Oddly a comment on FB (from a reputable source) said they only started preparing the track on Wednesday. Can't figure out why, after a year of planning the
  18. Very hard to say. I am inclined to agree with you and say the Subaru as the only direct (recent-ish) comparison we have (in Canada) suggested the Subaru was faster... ...however, I'd like to see the WRX STI on a European track or two for a true comparison. I think the longer wheelbase might have favoured the Subaru on the tracks we have seen. The later evolution Peugeot Sport 208 was fast from the outset, but not consistent. Although I daresay development has been a bit slower in the hands of the Hansens, now those cars seem to be reliable they are formidable. I personally tho
  19. I am struggling with Nick Fellows. Don't mind the passionate commentary, but he is making a lot of little errors, which really irked me during the Riga coverage. I do recall Andrew Coley making a few blunders in the start (with driver names and missing "the bigger picture"), but maybe Nick should calm down a little bit and focus on the details. Hal is the only reason I haven't muted the commentary, as he is a wealth of information. Hopefully Nick will improve or they will replace him (bring back Dan Rooke!). With regards to the drone shots I agree they are very cool, but I thin
  20. Yeah it is possible but not going to be easy, even for Johan! Might need to get Mattias back to run interference again...
  21. I am a Niclas fan, but was cursing at the screen when I saw Johan go spiralling off into the barrier! Denied of a chance to make good dent in the Hansen lead in the Championship standing and I personally thought that was avoidable, but that is rallycross. No question Gronholm had great speed this weekend though and very impressive stuff (as usual really) from Ekstrom. Solid proof that the Ibiza is rather underrated. Notable that Timo looked quick this weekend as well. Very pleased with yesterdays result, a long overdue first S1 victory for Johan. Was hoping that there would be more
  22. From what I have gathered EKS JC seem to be very strong internally. New build last year and another new chassis coming for next year, so there is clearly funding coming in. I guess my only concern with JC at the moment is that running cars in NRX might stretch the team a little thin. Johan is using a 2018+ specification car and Ide is in an identical specification car, so they are fielding the best they have in WRX... ...it is just unfortunate that Johan seems to be having a bad run. With two drivetrain failures in three races I do wonder if JK is driving the car in such a way that
  23. This. Definitely this. 😁 I agree though. I'd like to see the "old" content for exactly the reasons stated. It was great to play the DR1 stages with the improved handling in DR2 and if the next DR title is a further evolution then I'm sure those stages will feel even more refined (especially if the tarmac handling gets an overhaul).
  24. Absolutely gutted for Johan. TQ and a chance to start gaining on Timmy, then issues in the semi and a missed final. I hope JK can prove me wrong, but with a relatively short season (and low entry numbers), I think it is going to be very difficult to stop Timmy now. Pity they didn't let Kevin (Hansen) joker earlier in the final: I thought he looked quicker than Timmy. Disappointing result for Gronholm as well. Had the early pace, but just didn't have that edge in the second half of the weekend. Plenty of drama in the Euros. Real shame for JB Dubourg and Bakkerud. Both den
  25. Disappointed not to be in Loheac this weekend (first round I have missed there since 2013), will be tuning in and keeping my fingers crossed that Johan can have a trouble free weekend. He has let the Hansens get a head start, now time to start bringing some points in!
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