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  1. On 10/23/2021 at 6:44 PM, SRD_SimVansevenant said:

    Now, I'm really starting to doubt if we'll get another DiRT Rally title before the release of the team's first WRC game. 🤔

    Yeah, I honestly thought we'd have word of another title at this point as it seemed like a huge gap between DR2.0 and the first CM WRC game. 

  2. 1 hour ago, Carpa01 said:

    (yes, I took a picture of the Delta and not of the Lamborghini in the background) 

    Which is the correct choice! 👍

    Was hoping to visit K-Sport again this time, but he wasn't taking visitors. 

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  3. 24 minutes ago, Carpa01 said:

    This kinda reminds that I live in Italy, less than two hours by car from San Marino, had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do on that weekend and still somehow managed to remember that Rally Legend was going on when Breen's post popped up in my recommended, on Sunday evening. 

    Well done @tbtsttfor the awesome photos and for remembering the date too!

    😲 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: 


    If you want to see what else you missed! 

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  4. 4 minutes ago, James__McAdam said:

    I remember you told me "I have not been able to take a lot of picture because I was there with my wife". Well. :classic_laugh: Great pictures as usual mate.

    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.

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  5. 16 hours ago, F2CMaDMaXX said:

    Is/was there a story behind the low attendance etc.? what was the champ standings in the end then? i didn't even realise it was the season closer.

    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 up hope, but it is a big gap for JK to close in the last two rounds, so it seems likely that Timmy will get another Championship. 

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  6. 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, after two weekends of hype (and under-delivery) from NRX, I am really looking forward to Spa this weekend. 

  7. 7 hours ago, JZStudios said:

    The e2 doesn't understeer, Mr. The Block just doesn't know what he's doing. 

    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. 

    16 hours ago, dgeesi0 said:

    few youtubers car people been to audi in that place over the last 6 months. the rs 002 maybe a little bite at the rs 200 backwards 😁 still seems better.

    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. 

    7 hours ago, JZStudios said:

    I thought the prototype looked kinda RS200.


    7 hours ago, F2CMaDMaXX said:

    I agree, very RS200-ey.  But once you see him out driving it, it changes to very much booble car-ey 😄

    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-engineered, the RS 002 looks at the other end of the scale to me. More like a circuit-racing prototype rather than a rally car. Really, really, not a pretty car either!


  8. 22 hours ago, JZStudios said:

    In less controversial breaking news, Mr. The Block has broken into a secret Audi storeroom and stolen and subsequently destroyed a bunch of classic motorsport icons.


    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. 

  9. 47 minutes ago, PJTierney said:

    To be fair the default livery for each car is pretty good, clearly a copycat of a licensed design.


    art of rally - Available now on Steam, GOG and Epic!

    I'd like a plain blue S5, because CM didn't give me one of those in DR2.0...


    *shots fired*

    5 minutes ago, JZStudios said:

    Seriously though, aside form my other issues everyone says never happened the poor cameras in DR2 is the other 50% of the reason I uninstalled it. Every camera in the game looks bad and I don't quite know why. I messed around with it on controller once just to test it, and it was much easier to play in DR1 thanks to better cams.

    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)


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  10. 2 hours ago, Janneman60 said:

    Maybe I watch without this kind of jumps, the spectacle should come from the race itself.

    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. 

  11. 37 minutes ago, James__McAdam said:

    playin' with a controller. Yes mate. 

    😆 Haha, forgot about that detail!  

    30 minutes ago, PJTierney said:

    Here's a place you can try it out: art of rally

    Just seen that it finally has a release date on PS4: can't wait!

  12. On 9/28/2021 at 3:14 PM, SaltyEnferno said:

    Maybe, but then they're also the biggest of the motorsports company by now in World RX, NRX and ARA, and I'm sure they can spare some people for a weekend esp given none of the weekends intersect currently on the ARA and World RX. Hell EKS JC just finished the doubleheader in Latvia World RX and they were off with twice the number of cars to NRX.

    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. 

    On 9/28/2021 at 3:14 PM, SaltyEnferno said:

    I have a huge amount of respect for the engineering work that VSC puts in but I do get more than a little schadenfreude at seeing just how Subaru Motorsports USA constantly find new ways of not performing. 


    On 9/28/2021 at 3:38 PM, PJTierney said:

    The underdog SUBARU story kind of made sense around 2014-2017, but once VW pulled out that excuse went too.

    Though to be fair on ARX they'd have won it if Scott Speed didn't break his back.

    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 have won the Championship and I have long thought that the choice of driver for their rallycross program has been questionable. Soon as they picked a more experienced driver they were in contention: I know it wasn't quite as simple as that and that the car development reached its apex at that point, but I can't help feel that would have happened quicker with more experienced rallycross talent in the team. 

    8 hours ago, SaltyEnferno said:

    The Nitro RX instagram page showed a drone footage preview of ERX in Minneapolis and it seems to be 100% dirt. Its very similar to the track used in the previous Off-Road Nationals, seen here. I think there's some modifications for the joker but its not that much different. 

    I'm gonna be honest, I'm really whelmed by this. I get that they want to use the existing track and keep the facilities but part of the appeal for Rallycross is having the mixed surface sections. I think having all dirt just makes the racing less interesting from a strategic and technical POV. 

    I saw the clips from Minneapolis and I had similar thoughts to you: looks exactly like a short course circuit. Seemed to be a small berm dividing the main course from the joker and that is it? Wait to see if Larsson manages to roll over that! 😆

    Much like the big jump in Utah, fast and flowing looks great on camera but I am not sure how well it will work for racing. Also looked to be a fair amount of dirt being chucked up by one car, hope that doesn't mean that the back half of the field will be obscured when they are all out there. Trying not to be overly negative about NRX though, so lets wait and see!

  13. 4 minutes ago, James__McAdam said:

    I was a bit disappointed with the one used in Dirt Rally 2.0. For some reasons that I can't explain, I play chase cam in RX because it has the perfect balance like it has in Dirt Rally both RX and Rally mod. 

    😲 And I thought you were one of the sim kids: you're just a casual chase camera user!

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  14. 1 hour ago, PJTierney said:

    I think it'll hang about purely because the US doesn't have a rallycross scene without it, but I don't see it being a long-term competitor to World RX.

    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. 

    1 hour ago, PJTierney said:

    In an ideal world WRX would have these races and cars on its calendar and Coley in the comms box 😄 

    NRX as a standalone event was great, but I do feel like all this has served to do is dilute the already depleted ranks of top-tier rallycross this year. 

    Didn't think Coley was quite as on form as usual this weekend, though I guess there is going to be an adjustment period for this new series. 

  15. 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.

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  16. 3 hours ago, James__McAdam said:

    To avoid that in the French championship, they usually put a bit of water on the ground to keep the dust a bit heavier. 

    I know many will say that is part of the rallycross and you have to do a great start to avoid it but, it was, in my opinion, too much there.

    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 series, they left the circuit prep so late?  

    3 hours ago, James__McAdam said:

    I may say this also because the Hansen's family won. :classic_ninja:

    Yeah, this is also true! 😄 Gutted for Oliver Eriksson in the final, as he was definitely gaining... but then he rolled.

    1 hour ago, PJTierney said:

    Couple of nice ones in there. As ever though, Qba is the man to beat:


    The old ERC24 guys are still the best out there in my personal opinion.

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  17. 19 hours ago, SaltyEnferno said:

    Here's a quick question for you all, which of the current Supercars do you think is the fastest? For me, its probably the Subarus and that's solely because they're the last remaining factory effort left in the game. The latest iteration of the WRXs have fender vents, more rear travel, and some better front aero as well which is evidence of their continued evolutions. I just don't think the other teams have the resources to compete in terms of continued developments. Although, I do think the VW Motorsports Polo probably has the edge on drivability and it has the widest operating window for conditions.

    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 thought the rest of the field had caught up with the VW Motorsport Polo in 2018, but the reliability of the Polo (and consistency of Johan) has kept it on top. 

    19 hours ago, SaltyEnferno said:

    (I swear if in Launch Control I hear Lance going "we're a SMALL team going up against the biggest companies in the world" again....)

    Haha, yeah! Easily the biggest team in rallycross and US rally now. 

    47 minutes ago, PJTierney said:

    SUBARU are the equivalent of the Hansens in that they're not 100% factory but they may as well be.

    I personally disagree with this. Vermont are backed and funded by Subaru, that makes them a works team to me.

    The Hansens have the ex-Peugeot Sport cars, but are not funded nor supported by Peugeot. They are privateers, much like JC Raceteknik, who are running the ex-Audi Sport S1's. 

    47 minutes ago, PJTierney said:

    On a related note, I watched the Nitro RX stream last night, and I have even more appreciation for WRX's tight 1 hour broadcast now.

    NRX was a 4 hour show, and while some of the races were great there was so much dead air and it dragged the whole viewing experience down.

    Agreed. I struggled with the livestream Friday night as it was freezing and almost unwatchable at times. Waited until Saturday morning and watched the complete broadcast (with no adverts) and it was much better. Given that, I skipped the livestream last night and watched the shortened race program this morning. 

    So I had issue with the gap jump before the weekend (primarily because of the safety aspect and because I think it adds nothing to the racing) but, after watching the race day, I am even more sceptical about how sustainable this series is. 

    In my personal opinion a series where just driving round the track causes so much damage to the cars, there is surely going to be limited long term appeal, especially to smaller privateer teams (and this something that was a major issue for X-Games/GRC)

    Sure most of teams won't mind doing this to their cars for one weekend a year, but five events of this nature is going to absolutely hammer these cars (and the team budgets). As a spectator I personally want to see cars racing for wins, not taking victory through attrition. I appreciate that the rest of the tracks might not have quite as many big jumps though. 

    Not going to make any sweeping statements at this point but, based on the first race weekend, I still favour WRX (even in its current state) over NRX. 

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  18. 48 minutes ago, PJTierney said:

    I'd agree with all that. Production has improved (and it's on Red Bull TV which is nice) but commentary's not sitting right. It's hard to replace Coley/Rooke, they were perfect for this.

    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 think they are being a bit overused. I guess someone has been watching the RallyX Nordic coverage but, in my personal opinion, they utilised those shots more sparingly and which made them much more effective. 

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  19. 19 hours ago, PJTierney said:

    He'll need 4 overall wins and probably 2-3 TQs on top of that. If Timmy podiums every event (which he should) then it's going to be really tough to catch him.

    Yeah it is possible but not going to be easy, even for Johan!

    Might need to get Mattias back to run interference again...

  20. 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 points taken out of the leaders, but just three points between Kristoffersson and Kevin, twenty to Timmy. Twenty points in four rounds isn't going to be easy to gain, but I still think it is possible. Fingers crossed!

  21. 22 hours ago, Janneman60 said:

    Usually on top yes. But this year? Are still the best people working on the car? Is Mathias Ekstrom still strongly involved? Is there sufficient budget to ask for the best car?

    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 is causing issues? His style doesn't seem massively different to Ekstrom though, and he had minimal issues in the S1 last year. 

    18 hours ago, SaltyEnferno said:

    Having said all of this though, I do think this is just really bad luck on Johan's side since Ide's car has been running virtually perfect, and Johan didn't have a car related problem which hampered him in Barcelona (that was a team/personnel error). What's been the advantage of the Hansens this year have been the same as always; that they have two championship contenders in the same team and can afford to play the team game 24/7. 

    It was my personal belief - and I'm sure that some will disagree with me - that the Peugeot Sport 208 was the best car in terms of raw speed, it was just let down by reliability (especially when they introduced the evo car in 2018). With Hansen Motorsport seemingly conquering those problems, I think they have a very competitive package now. 

    As you say, they are very good at playing the team game. I thought that Kevin was clearly faster in the Loheac final, but he did as they team bid and sat behind Timmy. 

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  22. 39 minutes ago, RodgerDavies said:

    Guys, stop bickering please.

    This. Definitely this. 

    39 minutes ago, RodgerDavies said:

    Two reasons;






    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). 

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  23. 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 denied good finishes. Think Munnich is a deserving winner though, so pleasing result there. 

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