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  1. Gutted for Teemu and M-Sport. The Fiesta is my favourite car of the field, but I would be surprised to see it on the podium this year. Suninen looked to have immense pace, but just pushed too hard too early. 

    Now all hopes for the Fiesta are in the hands of Greensmith... 😐

  2. Reassuring post from Ross on the future in the Gossip thread...



    23 minutes ago, cmRossGowing said:

    Just popped in to have a read before I break up for Christmas tomorrow and have realised I'm probably a bit late to the party on folks worrying about everything to do with the takeover. I can't go into massive (any) amounts of detail, and you might well think I'm just blowing hot air to calm people down, but my honest message is that you have nothing to worry about.

    I've been in a lot of meetings about the future of DiRT Rally and our team this year, and have never had any indication that me or any of my fellow Directors and Leads will be asked to betray how we want to represent rallying for you. We won't always be able to control everything related to the publishing and business side of things (we're the development team, so whilst we have a voice in discussions ultimately we trust our colleagues who are specialists in those areas) but when it comes to how a car goes down a stage that's firmly in our control.

    A phrase I've kept being told (in one wording or another) in presentations and meetings with external parties related to the takeover has been 'we can see the quality of the game the team has made, and the passion the studio has for rallying, and we don't want to mess with that'. I'm certainly planning to keep doing what we've been doing and I've got no-one in my ear trying to persuade me otherwise.

    So with that I'll wish you all a Happy Christmas/Holidays/Etc, take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and here's to 2021.   


  3. 10 hours ago, Rogerbee said:

    Pound to a penny all rally titles will be obliged to feature Ken Block.

    As already said, Ken is tied to Forza. His last severance with CM wasn't especially well handled either, I would be very surprised to see him fronting any more games for them.

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  4. On 12/7/2020 at 5:54 PM, JZStudios said:

    As far as I've ever seen the gossip thread was always the only one that was constantly active.

    Yeah, has long been the way on the forum. Even the gossip thread seems to be struggling at the moment as there isn't much being said by the CM team*...

    * Yeah, that was a hint. 

  5. Forgive the double post, but full entry list for rounds two and three of the British Rallycross Championship confirms that Liam Doran will race on Saturday (Round 2) and Andreas Bakkerud on Sunday (Round 3). Enzo Ide will race a second Audi on both days. 


    The usual BRX problem with entries spread across a multitude of classes but, in the current climate, 70+ cars seems pretty good. Disappointing numbers in Super National, but at least the cars that are entered should all be competitive. Interesting to see Volland bringing two cars over as well, I expect they are going to annihilate the other 2WD cars!

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  6. 1 hour ago, Janneman60 said:

    A bit strange. If Bennett says he doesn't race because he can not use the fuel his car/engine needs, this should also be a problem for the Megane's??

    It seems the issue with Bennett was with the sponsors. An agreement was made with the organisers before the event, but it seems not all parties were told.

    The problem came to light just before the semis, the result of which was that Bennett couldn't carry on.

    It seems that everything has been clarified before the event now. Not sure if a dispensation has been made, or the World cars entered have been mapped to use the Championship control fuel.

    RX Cartel won't be in Meganes: looks like JC will be there with cars, Enzo Ide is driving as well.

  7. 5 hours ago, bn880 said:

    To show just how unpleasant it is to take part in the WS, I wasn't even trying to qualify this year due to the lack of rally spirit in the competition (not that I would beat the top 3 drivers anyway but that's besides the point). 

    Yeah, I have participated in all of the recent events purely to race against friends, I agree that the "open" nature of the event means that some players are obviously just plugging away at the weekly stage to put the best time in. 

    NB: That reminds me, need to check and see where I came now the last round has finished! 

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  8. 16 hours ago, F2CMaDMaXX said:

    Agree, Niclas was oddly slow looking this year, somewhat similarly, so were the Peugeots, they seemed to find something in the last round, but so odd they were missing the front-running pace from last year.

    GRX changed suspension suppliers this year (to BOS). I don't think they have been as quick getting up to speed as they hoped. Niclas looked like he was really struggling at times during the first RallyX Nordic outing for the BOS car and, although they gained time, I didn't think the car looked anywhere near as far as last year. 

    15 hours ago, PJTierney said:

    Do we have any laptime comparisons between both years? I can't tell if the Peugeots were slower or the Polo was that much faster that it masked any gains the Hansens made.

    You can get all the lap times for each race weekend going back quite a few years, but I don't think any comparison is valid to this season. Pretty much every round has taken place at a different time and, perhaps more crucially, in differing conditions to last year. Any comparison is irrelevant (in my personal opinion anyway). 

    14 hours ago, F2CMaDMaXX said:

    As for to whom was racing against, it wasn't just the Polo they were comparatively uncompetitive against Vs last year IMO.

    I am not sure if the rest of the field have actually made significant gains, or if it is that some drivers are in cars they prefer and/or some cars are now with more appropriate drivers (specifically thinking the EKS Audis). 

    I personally believe that, with the progression made last year, Johan is on the back foot this year (though I am sure many will disagree with that opinion). For me that is what makes his win this year even more impressive: if it hadn't been for Ekstrom I think Johan would have absolutely walked it (as an aside I also think that Mattias has been an absolutely class act this year). 

  9. 17 hours ago, PJTierney said:

    Even with a year out most of the field couldn't keep up with him or the Polo, shows how good both are really.

    I am possibly biased, but I hope the performance from Johan this year silences the critics who think the win was more from the car than him. 

    48 minutes ago, James McAdam said:

    Yeah, we still had a intense year and hard fight between Ekstrom and Johan. Glad we were able to see that in 2020.

    Absolutely. I was gutted for Baumanis when it was revealed he didn't have the budget for his 2020 campaign, but as it turns out that might have saved the Championship this year. The fight(s) between Johan and Mattias have been the highlight of this season for me.

    Another disappointing year for Niclas. Last year he lost the title due his medical issues and this year he just didn't look as consistently competitive. 

  10. 4 minutes ago, James McAdam said:

    No snow in WRX 2020. I was expecting an epic final for the championship. But no. :classic_ninja:

    I didn't care about the conditions: I am just desperate to see more racing! :classic_laugh: I also wanted to see how Johan fared at Spa (not knowing the track) and how quickly he got his head around Germany. Hopefully we'll get to see that next year. 

    Speaking of Johan - and people may disagree - but, despite the loss of rounds, I think the right driver has won WRX this year. 

    1 minute ago, James McAdam said:

    That is funny. 😄

    Barratt wins because she turned up at every weekend... I understand that the ball is only just starting to roll this year, but declaring her a winner in that series seems a bit of a joke. 

    British RX is still on track for a double-header weekend at the start of December: but sadly without spectators. 

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  11. 1 hour ago, Janneman60 said:

    Or do qualifying rounds for s1600 and ERX on friday, this is done last couple of years when running all classes in the same weekend.

    Yeah, that is what I was thinking after posting @Janneman60...

    4 hours ago, PJTierney said:

    If they do what they did for the other double-headers it's feasible, by running fewer Qualifiers.

    ...they have done it at other rounds, but are they going to be working with limited daylight hours that late in the year? 

  12. Forgive the double post, but I have just seen that the official World RX social media pages are stating that Germany will be the final round of the Euro RX, Super 1600 and Formula E Championships. With that in mind, would there be enough hours in the day to potentially fit in two World RX rounds? 

  13. Just seen that the British Rallycross rounds at Lydden this weekend (rounds two and three) have been postponed due to a fresh lockdown here in the UK. Absolutely gutted and very frustrated with the lockdown implementation, as it should have come six weeks ago. 

    Fingers crossed they can run a round (or two) in December. 

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